Lil Wayne

The excitable Hot Boy has added a guitar to his rock star stage show, striking a chord with fans, earning himself a space in the Best Live Performer category.

Busta Rhymes

Busta’s high-energy performances and well-choreographed routines put him in the elite class of rappers who snagged a nomination for Best Live Performer.

Cee-Lo Green

While Cee-Lo acts as judge on NBC’s talent search show The Voice, the Best Live Performer nominee is most comfortable on stage, translating big songs into big productions.


Jay-Z is one of the hip hop's most bankable names as a tour headliner. Snagging a nomination for Best Live Performer, Jigga has proven his stadium status.

Kanye West

The Chi-Town rapper, who has been nominated for multiple BET Hip Hop Awards, can add Best Live Performer to the list. His over-the-top performances and extravagant sets make him one to watch—literally.