2010 BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend Parties in Atlanta

The celebrities. The after parties. The hangover.

President Obama. Bill Clinton. The Dalai Lama. What do all these big timers have in common? None of them are coming to Atlanta for the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards. But a heap of other celebrities are. And even though most of them have tickets to the awards show (taping Saturday at the Atlanta Civic Center) and most of us regular folk don't, there's still nothing stopping you from rubbing elbows with the nouveau riche and infamous. So we’ve concocted a list of hit-or-miss events for your BET Hip Hop Awards weekend itinerary. Don't do anythingone we wouldn't do.

BET HIP HOP AWARDS: TEEN PARTY. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-557-8178. www.masq.com/
Host: OMG Girlz
Perk: Tiny (T.I.'s wife), Kiesha Babi, Lil Shun, and Lil Chuckee will also make appearances.
You'll love this event if ... you use terms like LOL, BTW, and OMG, even when you're not texting.
Our cool quotient: 7 out of 10

POWER. $25-$50. 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1. Midtown W Hotel, 188 14th Street. 404-826-6000. www.runcau.eventbrite.com
Host: Clark Atlanta University (It's also their homecoming weekend).
Perk: Have you been to a CAU party? Nuff said.
You'll love this event if ... you believe that no one school should have all this POWER!
Our cool quotient: 7 out of 10

GUCCI MANE: ALBUM RELEASE PARTY. Fri., Oct. 1. E.S.S.O., 1599 Memorial Dr. SE. 404-378-1095. www.essoatl.com.
Host: Gucci Mane
Perk: You no longer have to go to Rice Street (Fulton County Jail) to see him in person.
You'll love this event if ... the sight of Gucci Mane's beer gut makes you go BRRRR!
Our cool quotient: 9 out of 10

CELEBRATION. 11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1. Primal, 960 Spring St NW. 404-745-9494. www.primalatlanta.com/.
Host: Fabolous and Kelly Rowland
Perk: Ladies get in free until 11
You'll love this event if ... Fabolous and Kelly Rowland are the closest you'll ever get to Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Our cool quotient: 6 out of 10.

FIRST FRIDAYS: BET HIP HOP AWARDS EDITION. $25. 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1. Midtown W Hotel, 188 14th Street. 404-826-6000. www.defjamfirstfriday.eventbrite.com/
Host: DJ Mars, DJ Trauma, DJ Doc, DJ Kemit, and DJ Stefan
Perk: With 2,000 tickets sold and all of the W event rooms reserved, this will be crazy with or without celebrities.
You'll love this event if ... you’re looking for a classy throwdown.
Our cool quotient: 10 out of 10