Hosting the BET Hip Hop Awards is not a small feat. Think Showtime at The Apollo, except with millions of viewers and social media to scrutinize your every move.
The gig requires someone who’s funny, has tough skin, and can move a crowd, which is exactly why each of its eight hosts so far was chosen to take control of their stage.
From music and Hollywood to stand-up, we’ve seen the best of the best rip the stage up. Snoop Dogg hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards from 2013 to 2015 before coming back in 2016 to receive the well-deserved I Am Hip Hop Award.
When DJ Khaled hosted back in 2016 and 2017, he brought his warm energy infectious personality to the BET Hip Hop Awards, with guest surprises and commentary that made the night.
This year’s host has not been announced, so here are the top five past hosts who tore down the stage.
Snoop Dogg does it all. Commentating on a sporting event? He’s your man. Shoot a Corona commercial? Call in Snoop. Host a cooking show with Martha Stewart? Why not? So it’s no surprise that he shut it down at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014.
The Long Beach California native would go on to host in ‘15 (also hosted in ‘13) as well as create a gospel album and commentate on the 2021 Olympics with Kevin Hart.
Deray Davis makes the list because he’s not afraid. Not afraid to make fun of himself, others, or anyone, really.
Rounding out the best host of the BET Hip Hop Awards is Miami’s own DJ Khaled.
Known for his Snapchat prowess and the ability to produce what he calls “anthems”, you would think the platinum-selling producer would be out of his element on the 2016 and 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, but such was not the case.
Khaled’s best moment was when he took the stage with T-Pain to perform his 2007 classic "I'm So Hood." The Grateful artist even brought out Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, and Plies to represent Florida for the track.