By Leah Greenblatt
September 17, 2009 at 04:32 PM EDT

The collective universe (current and former presidents included) may still be hard at work condemning Kanye West’s actions at this past Sunday’s VMA Awards, but someone still loves him.

The divisive hip-hop star leads the pack of BET Hip Hop Award nominees this week with nine — including Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, CD of the Year, and MVP of the year, as well as People’s Champ (a.k.a. Viewers Choice).

Ice Cube will be honored as this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon Award recipient, and the late DJ AM garners a nod for for DJ of the Year. Two new categories have also been added: “Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)” and “Best Hip-Hop Blog Site.”

Will Kanye’s current mea culpa tour be sufficiently wrapped up for him to attend the show, slated for October 10 in Atlanta? When reached for comment, a BET spokeswoman said, “Most guests start confirming next week or the first week in October, so we wouldn’t really know yet. But we would love to have him there!”

What do you think, Music Mixers — a nice opportunity for ‘Ye to make nice, or better that he stay away and focus on “taking the time off and just analyze” his recent behavior? What do you think of the other nominations?

See the full list after the jump:

Best Hip-Hop Collabo

Jim Jones & Ron Browz f/ Juelz Santana – Pop Champagne

Lil Wayne f/ Bobby Valentino – Mrs. Officer

Rick Ross f/ John Legend – Magnificent

T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life

Young Jeezy f/ Kanye West – Put On

Best Live Performer

Busta Rhymes


Lil Wayne


Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year




Lil Wayne

Kanye West

Video Director of the Year

Gil Green

Anthony Mandler

Mr. Boomtown

Chris Robinson

Hype Williams

Producer of the Year

Ron Browz

Cool & Dre

Tha Bizness


Kanye West

Track of the Year

Day “N” Nite – Kid Cudi

D.O.A. (Death of Auto Tune) – Jay-Z

Every Girl – Young Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Mills, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine)

Live Your Life – T.I. f/ Rihanna

Turn My Swag On – Soulja Boy Tell’em

CD of the Year

Eminem – Relapse

Q-Tip – The Renaissance

T.I. – Paper Trail

Kanye West – 808 & Heartbreak

Young Jeezy – The Recession

Rookie of the Year




Kid Cudi


Best Hip-Hop Video

Dorrough – Ice Cream Paint Job

Eminem – We Made You

Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Auto Tune)

Kid Cudi – Day “N” Nite

T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life

MVP of the Year



Lil Wayne


Kanye West

DJ of the Year


DJ Drama

DJ Khaled

DJ Tony Neal

DJ Greg Street

Hustler of the Year




Lil Wayne

Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)


Kid Cudi

Lil Wayne

Soulja Boy Tell’em

Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Blog Site

All Hip Hop

Nah Right


This Is 50

World Star Hip Hop

People’s Champ (Viewers Choice)

Dorrough – Ice Cream Paint Job

Fabolous f/ The-Dream – Throw It In The Bag

Kid Cudi – Day “N” Nite

Soulja Boy Tell’em – Turn My Swag On

Kanye West f/ Young Jeezy – Amazing

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