NEW YORK -- Rapper-producer Kanye West received a leading six Source Hip-Hop Music Awards nominations Thursday, while Ludacris got five.
West's nominations included best album, video, lyricist and producer of the year.
Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Flip, Twista and Juvenile will battle for male artist of the year while Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, 8Ball and MJG, Westside Connection and OutKast duke it for group of the year.
The Source Awards will be handed out Oct. 10 in Miami, as they have been since 2001.
David Mays, The Source magazine's co-owner, also is planning a political rally during the Source Awards weekend which will go beyond just asking people to vote.
"The hip-hop community and media coverage has surrounded this simple concept of people voting," Mays told The Associated Press. "That's certainly a valuable thing, but this event is more about a very concrete agenda for the youth of America. I think it's the thing that's been missing in the hype. The needs of young people are not being addressed by politicians."
Mays is inviting the Bush and Kerry daughters - who appeared at the recent MTV Video Music Awards - as well as a boatload of celebs and political types to debate the issues during the rally.
"If you want us to vote, you've got to address these issues," Mays declared.
The Source Awards will air Nov. 30 on BET.
Nominees for the 2004 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards:
Artist of the year - male solo: Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Flip, Twista, Juvenile.
Artist of the year - group: Youngbloodz, OutKast, Ying Yang Twins, Westside Connection, 8Ball and MJG.
Breakthrough artist(s) of the year: Chingy, Kanye West, G-Unit, T.I., Young Gunz.
Single of the year - solo artist: "Right Thurr," Chingy, produced by The Track Starz; "On Fire," Lloyd Banks, produced by Eminem/Kwame; "Stand Up," Ludacris, produced by Kanye West/Ludacris; "Game Over'," Lil Flip, produced by Nick Fury; "Tipsy," J Kwon, produced by The TrackBoyz.
Single of the year - group: "Gangsta Nation," Westside Connection, produced by Fredwreck; "Can't Stop, Won't Stop," Young Gunz, produced by Darrell/ "Digga" Branch; "The Way You Move," OutKast, produced by Carl Mo/Big Boi; "Stunt 101," G Unit, produced by Denaun Porter; "Lean Back," Terror Squad, produced by Scott Storch.
Single of the year - collaboration: "Damn," Youngbloodz featuring Lil Jon, produced by Lil Jon; "Slow Motion," Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim, produced by Dani Kartel; "Round Here," Memphis Bleek featuring Trick Daddy and T.I., produced by Just Blaze; "Salt Shaker," Ying Yang Twinz featuring Lil Jon; "Ridin' Spinners," Three 6 Mafia featuring Lil Flip, produced by DJ Paul/ Juicy J.
R&B/Rap collaboration of the year: "Hotel," Cassidy featuring R Kelly, produced by Swizz Beatz; "Slow Jamz," Twista featuring Jamie Foxx and Kanye West, produced by Kanye West; "Yeah," Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, produced by Lil Jon; "Summertime," Beyonce featuring Ghostface, produced by P. Diddy/Mario Winans/Stevie J; "I Don't Wanna Know," Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy, produced by Mario Winans.
Best female rap collaboration: "Dude," Beenie Man and Shawnna, produced by Dave Kelly; "Not Today," Mary J. Blige and Eve, produced by Dr. Dre; "Right Thurr," Chingy and Trina, produced by The Track Starz; "Lean Back," Terror Squad and Remy Ma, produced by Scott Storch; "Naughty Girl," Beyonce and Lil Kim, produced by Scott Storch.
Fat tape song of the year: "Run," Ghostface Killah featuring Jadakiss and Sheek, produced by Rza; "Snitch Ns," Scarface featuring Z-Ro, produced by Mike Dean; "Clap Back," Ja Rule produced by Scott Storch; "Untouchable," Untouchables featuring Benzino, produced by Hangmen 3; "Certified Gangstas," Jim Jones featuring Cam'ron and The Game, produced by Bang.
Remix of the year: "Right Thurr," Chingy featuring Trina and JD, produced by The Track Starz; "Hell Yeah," Dead Prez featuring Jay-Z, produced by Stic/M1/the downbeat production collective; "Blow It Out," Ludacris featuring 50 Cent, produced by R. Browz; "Neva Eva," Trillville featuring Twista produced by Lil Jon/Don P; "Rubberband Man," T.I. featuring Mack 10, Trick Daddy and Twista, produced by David Banner.
Album of the year: "The Black Album," Jay-Z; "The College Dropout," Kanye West; "Kamikaze," Twista; "Chicken and Beer," Ludacris; "Beg For Mercy," G-Unit.
Lyricist of the year: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Cassidy, Ghostface Killah, T.I.
Dancehall/Reggae artist of the year: Elephant Man, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Beenie Man.
Live performer of the year: Ludacris, Wyclef, Kanye West, Ja Rule, David Banner.
Producer of the year: Lil Jon, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Jazze Pha, Scott Storch.
R&B artist of the year - male: Usher, R. Kelly, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas, Joe.
R&B artist of the year - female: Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Ashanti, Monica.
Video of the year: "Through The Wire," Kanye West, directed by Coodie and Kanye West; "Gangsta Nation," Westside Connection, directed by Dave Meyers; "Untouchable," Untouchables featuring Lil Jon & Benzino, directed by Benzino/J. Jesses Smith; "It's All Real," Pitch Black, directed by Vem/Tony; "This Way," Dilated Peoples, directed by Dave Meyers.
Independent album of the year: "Soul Survivor II," Pete Rock; "World Is BMF," Bleu Davinci; "Konexion," Freddie Foxxx; "Years Later... A Few Months After," Soulja Slim; "Warning Shots," Saigon.
International artist of the year: Dizzee Rascal (United Kingdom); Tego Calderon (Puerto Rico); IAM (France); Choclair (Canada); Skwatta Kamp (South Africa).
Best acting in a movie by a rapper: "Never Die Alone," DMX; "S.W.A.T.," LL Cool J; "Barbershop 2," Eve; "Barbershop 2," Ice Cube; "Shottas," Spragga Benz.
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