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Before the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired, or were even recorded weeks before broadcast, its outcome wasn’t a matter of whether Kendrick Lamar or Drake would win awards. Instead, it was a matter of how many and, perhaps more importantly, who would win more? Also, after Lamar’s infamous “Control” verse– calling out Drake and Lamar’s other various contemporaries– how would they treat each other at the show?

It turns out Tuesday night (October 16), Lamar edged out Drake. The L.A. rapper scored five including Lyricist of the Year and Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d. city; Drake scored four including Best Hip-Hop Video for “Started from the Bottom”– but the two never came face-to-face to show respect or otherwise. Drake was absent from the proceedings.

And where Drake’s name rang out in his absence from the show, Lamar’s was everywhere, even on the Hip Hop Awards’ cyphers, a giant tag team of diverse and usually up-and-coming rappers spitting run-on verses to camera. It was arguably Lamar’s best and most confident screed since “Control.”

It showed that while critically and commercially successful– scoring an opening spot on Kanye West’s upcoming tour, plus being a big winner that night– Lamar was still the hungriest rising star in hip hop and he shows no signs of being stopped.

The BET Hip Hop Awards was full of new blood in general, featuring artists like A$AP Rocky, French Montana and producer Mike WiLL Made It, who had little to no visibility in rap music five years ago. How new was the new blood? The BET Hip Hop Award for Rookie of the Year, A$AP Ferg, had his major-label debut released nine weeks ago.

Below is an abbreviated list of winners from last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards. Winners are in bold.

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake- “Started from the Bottom”
A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems”
B.o.B (feat. T.I. and Juicy J) – “We Still in This”
J. Cole (feat. Miguel) – “Power Trip”
Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems”
Ace Hood (feat. Rick Ross and Future) – “Bugatti”
J. Cole (feat. Miguel) – “Power Trip”
French Montana (feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar (feat. Drake) – “Poetic Justice”
Wale (feat. Tiara Thomas) – “Bad”

Best Live Performer
Jay Z
2 Chainz
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar
J. Cole
Drake
Jay Z
Wale

Best Club Banger
French Montana (feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) – “Pop That”
Ace Hood (feat. Rick Ross and Future) – “Bugatti”
A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Trinidad Jame$ – “All Gold Everything”

Album of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
J. Cole – Born Sinner
Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Nas – Life is Good
Wale- The Gifted

Sweet 16 (Best Guest Verse)
Kendrick Lamar – “F—in’ Problems”
Diddy – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
Drake – “Versace (Remix)”
Future – “Bugatti”
Wiz Khalifa – “U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)”

Impact Track
J. Cole (feat. TLC) – “Crooked Smile”
Jay Z (feat. Justin Timberlake) – “Holy Grail”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert) – “Same Love”
Wale (feat. Sam Dew) – “LoveHate Thing”
Kanye West – “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD”

MVP of the Year
Kendrick Lamar
2 Chainz
Drake
Jay Z
J. Cole

Track of the Year
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
J. Cole (feat. Miguel)- “Power Trip”
A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F***in’ Problems”
Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Ace Hood (feat. Rick Ross and Future) – “Bugatti”

Producer of the Year
Mike Will Made It
J. Cole
Hit-Boy
DJ Mustard
Pharrell Williams

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled
DJ Scream

Rookie of the Year
A$AP Ferg
Action Bronson
Earl Sweatshirt
Joey Bada$$
Trinidad James

People’s Champ Award
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat, Ray Dalton)- “Can’t Hold Us”
A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems” Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
J. Cole (featuring Miguel) – “Power Trip”

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