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Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap’s best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop’s top spot on Big Sean’s “Control.”

Now, BET is taking notice.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the network said Thursday that Lamar received the most nominations with 14 for the eighth annual BET Hip Hop Awards, airing Oct. 15. He is the show’s reigning Lyricist of the Year, and his 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, recently sold more than 1 million units.

For the first time, rap veteran Snoop Dogg will host the show, which will be taped Sept. 28 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

Rapper Drake scored 13 nominations and J. Cole earned 10 nods.

For the full list of nominees, head to

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