Lil Wayne can be called many things, Hottest MC in the Game, Best Rapper Alive, Mr. Milli First Week, but one title that doesn’t fit: disillusioned. With 12 BET Hip-Hop Award nominations, Weezy arrived at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday knowing it was his night.
“These awards have been wonderful, especially when they call my name,” Wayne told MTV News as he got ready for the show. “That’s the best part about them. Twelve nominations, I think the only categories I’m not in are the female categories.”
Weezy beat out DJ Khaled, T.I., Jay-Z and Kanye West for MVP. He also took home Lyricist of the Year and People’s Champ. More important, though, was Wayne’s announcement that he’s expecting a son “any day.”
Rookie of the Year went to Shawty Lo, and DJ Khaled won Best Hip-Hop Collabo for the “I’m So Hood” remix. He also took home the unofficial award for best speech of the night. With half of the hip-hop community standing behind him, including Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, DJ Khaled thanked just about every rapper and employee at Koch and Def Jam.
A whole slew of other winners won’t be announced until the show airs on BET, on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Wayne said he was “thankful” during this award season, dating back to the MTV Video Music Awards in September. “The nominations already blow my mind,” he said before the show. “By me winning the VMA, that was stupid. I already got the VMA at the crib.”