Mike Epps, A$AP Rocky, DJ Drama And More Announce 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees On 106 & Park

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House Mother Kanye hasn’t released a solo album since 2010′s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy but that didn’t stop him from receiving a staggering 17 nominations for the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards. Let the “that’s unabashed dick riding though” Twitter debate ensue. Other multiple nominees dominated categories include 2 Chainz (13) and Drake (11).

The award show will take place in Atlanta on Saturday, September 29th but doesn’t air on the network until October 9th.

Comedian Mike Epps, who is set to host the awards for the fourth year in a row, hit up 106 & Park yesterday with nominees A$AP Rocky, Ca$h Out, DJ Envy and DJ Drama. Check out the full list of this year’s nominees on BET.com.

‘Sparkle’ Stars Remember Whitney Houston

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Singer/actress Jordin Sparks will make her big screen debut this Friday in ‘Sparkle’, starring alongside the late Whitney Houston in her final starring role. For Sparks, working with the iconic singer was a dream come true but learning her death was an absolute nightmare.

“Whitney’s gone,” Sparks recalls. “I lost all feeling. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t say anything. I don’t think I was breathing. I still have moments where it hits me and it’s like, she;s not here. There’s this void.”

‘Sparkle’ casts Houston as mother of three singing daughters trying to make it in 1960′s Motown. Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo round out the talented trio.

It’s been six months since her passing, but for her co-stars, Houston’s legacy lives on.

“Whitney seems like she’s one of the people to be real with, not ‘Hollywood.” Mike Epps told Celebuzz. “I would talk to her about real stuff, life.”

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Mindless Bebe’s Kids Apologize For Lauryn Hill Joke At BET Awards ’12

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Ray Ray and the other junior thin mints of Mindless Behavior called into 106 & Porch on Monday (June 2) to apologize for their joke at the expense of Lauryn Hill‘s current tax woes while co-presenting the award for Best Female R&B Artists with Mike Epps at the BET Awards ’12.

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“You sing bad — like Lauryn Hill’s tax accountant bad,” one of Bebe’s Kids quipped to Mike Epps poking fun at the comedian’s singing.

And then, crickets.

“I want to apologize about the Lauryn Hill joke.  I didn’t mean no harm by it. I hope everyone can forgive me. It was like a big thing on Twitter and everything, so I truly apologize. I respect Lauryn Hill and all of them like that,” said Ray Ray the following day in the group’s phone call to the countdown show.

“All of them like that.” Chile, let me leave that one alone. Here’s my two cents: More than likely someone else — specifically an adult hired by BET to write scripts for presenters – is to blame for that tacky ass joke. But I could be wrong. You know kids are ratchet as shit these days.

Still, I’m assuming their manager gave the joke the greenlight. Too many questions, comments and concerns. All I want to know is this: are we officially hiding behind kids now? I’ve got a lot of mess that I would like to get off my chest if that’s the case.

A source tells TMZ that Beyonce, who ultimately won the award, was pissed over the comments.

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