Drake Leads BET Nominations With Nine Nods
Drake leads the nominations for this year’s BET Awards with nine nods. The 29-year-old singer’s career is going from strength to strength, with the acknowledgment of his success in the list of BET nominations, released on Thursday, the latest indication. Among the categories Drake is nominated in are Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year for “Hotline Bling” and “Work,” his duet with Rihanna, which is also up for Best Collaboration.
He faces some tough competition in all of the categories he features in, particularly for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, in which he will have to beat Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to take home the prize. Beyonce and Rihanna received five nominations each for the awards, which take place on June 26 in Los Angeles. Both are up for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist gong, alongside Adele, Andra Day and K. Michelle, while they will also compete for Video of the Year with their respective “Formation” and “Work” videos, the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Collaboration. Away from music, Scandal star Kerry Washington, Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis are nominated for the Best Actress award, alongside Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and former She’s All That actress Gabrielle Union for Being Mary Jane. Anthony Anderson, Courtney B. Vance, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are all up for the Best Actor, while Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhane Wallis, Silento, Willow Smith and Yara Shahidi will compete for the Young Stars Award. The Best Movie category is another strong one, with critically-acclaimed movies Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Beasts of No Nation, Concussion and Dope all fighting for the top spot. The BET Awards, established by the Black Entertainment Television network, recognizes African Americans and other minorities in the music, acting and sporting fields. The full list of nominations for the BET Awards 2016 is: Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Adele Andra Day Beyonce K. Michelle Rihanna Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Bryson Tiller Chris Brown Jeremih The Weeknd Tyrese Best Group 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Drake & Future Puff Daddy & The Family Rae Sremmurd The Internet Best Collaboration Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games” Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World” Future ft. Drake – “Where Ya At” Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce – “Feeling Myself” Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Fetty Wap Future J. Cole Kanye West Kendrick Lamar Best Female Hip Hop Artist Dej Loaf Lil Kim Missy Elliott Nicki Minaj Remy Ma Video of the Year Beyonce – “Formation” Bryson Tiller – “Don’t” Drake – “Hotline Bling” Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tilly & The Little Homies Director X Hype Williams Best New Artist Alessia Cara Andra Day Bryson Tiller Kehlani Tory Lanex Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Anthony Brown & Group Therapy Erica Campbell Kirk Franklin Lecrae Tamela Mann Tasha Cobbs Best Actress Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Taraji P. Henson Tracee Ellis Ross Viola Davis Best Actor Anthony Anderson Courtney B. Vance Idris Elba Michael B. Jordan O’Shea Jackson Jr. Young Stars Award Amandla Stenberg Quvenzhane Wallis Silento Willow Smith Yara Shahidi Best Movie Beasts of No Nation Concussion Creed Dope Straight Outta Compton Sportswoman of the Year Cheyenne Woods Gabrielle Douglas Serena Williams Skylar Diggins Venus Williams Sportsman of the Year Cam Newton Kobe Bryant LeBron James Odell Beckham Jr. Stephen Curry Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award Beyonce – “Formation” Bryson Tiller – “Don’t” Chris Brown – “Back To Sleep” Drake – “Hotline Bling” Future ft. Drake – “Where Ya At” Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” Centric Award Andra Day – “Rise Up” Beyonce – “Formation” K. Michelle – “Not A Little Bit” Rihanna – “BBHMM” The Internet – “Under Control” Best International Act Africa AKA (South Africa) Black Coffee (South Africa) Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mzvee (Ghana) Serge Beynaud (Cote D’Ivoire) Wizkid (Nigeria) Yemi Alade (Nigeria) Best International Act UK Kano Krept & Konan Lianne La Havas Skepta Stormzy Tinie Tempah