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Nominees announced for 5280 Hip-hop Awards, taking place this year at the Paramount Theatre

Last year's 5280 Hip-Hop Awards program was a spectacle in so many ways. Every single rapper, producer and videographer in the scene was on hand for the ceremony. This year's edition of the awards, slated for December 11, promises to be bigger and better than ever. For starters, it's taking place at the Paramount Theatre rather than the Red Lion Hotel, where last year's event was hosted. Page down for the list of this year's nominees.

The winners will be chosen by the number of votes received. Votes can be sent directly to: Entertainmentby1600inc@msn.com or Foepackboss@gmail.com. Voting runs from now through November 15, just a month before the ceremony on December 11. Nominees and their categories listed below.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR • Esi Juey • Cabby • Mike Rob • Lil Bad • YG

COMPLETE PROJECT OF THE YEAR • Aries Jackson (Independent) • Hypnautic (Purple Rain) • Midas (Son of the Crack Era) • Pries (Copy Paste No Glue) • Innerstate Ike (Moolah Music) • FoodChain (Corpses)

SONG OF THE YEAR • Innerstate Ike ("Moolah Shuffle") • Rockie ("Cover Girl") • Lil Bad ("So Fresh") • L Keys ("Comin Home Wit Me") • Esi Juey ("Chalupa")

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR • D Girl • Landy • Sista D • Koo Qua • A Ivery

VIDEO OF THE YEAR • Black Pegasus ("Notorious BP") • Rockie ("Cover Girl") • Kevin Pistol ("Eternal Life") • Nyke Nitti ("Hustle Like Us") • Midas ("Run My Town")

COLLABO OF THE YEAR (Goes to the artist or group that put a mix together that had the city on HOOKED!) • Kevin Pistol & JR with Snoop Dogg • Pries with Rockie ("Ike Turner") • Cabby with Young Joc ("Left Lane") • Cool Ray with Landy ("I'm The Shit") • Tone Skarfo with BIG K.R.I.T. ("I'm So Fresh")

AIR PLAY AWARD (Goes to the artist or group that gets the most spin and has the clubs moving) • Innerstate Ike ("Moolah Shuffle") • L Keys ("Comin Home with Me") • Rockie ("Cover Girl") • Esi Juey ("Chalupa") • Lil Bad ("So Fresh So Cool")

TRUE TO LIFE ARTISTS AWARD • Young Doe • Innerstate Ike • Julox • King Tef • Nyke Nitti

YOUTUBE VIEWS • Pries • No Halftime • Hypnautic • Rockie • King Tef

MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR • Julox (24) • Mike Rob (City of Snow) • Midas (Flight Risk) • Young Tilt (Listen to My Music) • Innerstate Ike (Moolah Friday)

TOWN REPUTABLE AWARD (Goes to the artist or group that puts on for the city)

• Morning Star • Hypnautic • Young Doe • Kevin Pistol • Esi Juey

MEAN MACHINE AWARD (Goes to the Label/company that runs real business and it shows)

• Gang Green • Elite Ent • Hustle N Flow • No Halftime • Top Flite

BIG BEAT AWARD • TC Crook • Looney • Mo Heat • Scorp D • So

FOUNDATION AWARD (Goes to the producer that labels and companies are built around)

• Zaboo • Zoe • 800 The Jewell • Mo Heat

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR • Mo Heat • looney • TC Crook • Davey Boy • DMD Ent.



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