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'BET AWARDS 2020' to air 6/28 at 8 p.m. on BET, BET HER and CBS

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The BET AWARDS 2020 will simulcast LIVE on Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET HER and will make its national premiere on CBS. This year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and black excellence across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. 

Drake returns to the top spot securing six nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and two nods for both ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for his features alongside Chris Brown ( No Guidance) and Future (Life Is Good). 

Newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion nominations include ‘Best Female Hip Hop,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Roddy Ricch’s nods include ‘Best Male Hip Hop,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby are the third-highest with four nominations each.

In its twentieth year, the “BET AWARDS” continues its reign as the ultimate platform to showcase the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. BET recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21 categories with The “BET Awards” 2020 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2am CAT on June 29th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 29th at 9pm BST, France on June 30th at 9:45pm CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9pm KST.

See the FULL list of nominees below: 

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R.

JHENE AIKO

KEHLANI

LIZZO

SUMMER WALKER

 

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN

JACQUEES

KHALID

THE WEEKND

USHER

 

BEST GROUP

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

EARTHGANG

GRISELDA

JACKBOYS

MIGOS

 

BEST COLLABORATION

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE  -  NO GUIDANCE

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND  -  HIGHER

FUTURE FT. DRAKE  -  LIFE IS GOOD       

H.E.R. FT. YG  -  SLIDE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN  -  HOT GIRL SUMMER

WALE FT. JEREMIH  -  ON CHILL

 

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

FUTURE

LIL BABY

RODDY RICCH

TRAVIS SCOTT

 

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

DOJA CAT

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

SAWEETIE

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE  -  NO GUIDANCE

DABABY -  BOP

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND  -  HIGHER

DOJA CAT  -  SAY SO

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN  -  HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH  -  THE BOX

 

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

COLE BENNETT

DAVE MEYERS

DIRECTOR X

EIF RIVERA

TEYANA "SPIKE TEE" TAYLOR

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

DANILEIGH

LIL NAS X

POP SMOKE

RODDY RICCH

SUMMER WALKER

YBN CORDAE

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

CUZ I LOVE YOU  -  LIZZO

FEVER  -  MEGAN THEE STALLION

HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM  -  BEYONCÉ

I USED TO KNOW HER  -  H.E.R.

KIRK  -  DABABY

PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL  -  RODDY RICCH

 

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

FRED HAMMOND  -  ALRIGHT

JOHN P. KEE FT. ZACARDI CORTEZ  -  I MADE IT OUT

KANYE WEST  -  FOLLOW GOD

KIRK FRANKLIN  -  JUST FOR ME

PJ MORTON FT. LE'ANDRIA JOHNSON & MARY MARY  -  ALL IN HIS PLAN

THE CLARK SISTERS  -  VICTORY

 

BEST ACTRESS

ANGELA BASSETT

CYNTHIA ERIVO

ISSA RAE

REGINA KING

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

ZENDAYA

 

BEST ACTOR

BILLY PORTER

EDDIE MURPHY

FOREST WHITAKER

JAMIE FOXX

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

 

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX HIBBERT

ASANTE BLACKK

JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON

MARSAI MARTIN

MILES BROWN

STORM REID

 

BEST MOVIE

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

HARRIET

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ

JUST MERCY

QUEEN & SLIM

 

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

AJEÉ WILSON

CLARESSA SHIELDS

COCO GAUFF

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

 

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

KAWHI LEONARD

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

PATRICK MAHOMES II

STEPHEN CURRY

 

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS  -  UNDERDOG

BEYONCÉ FT. BLUE IVY CARTER, WIZKID & SAINT JHN  -  BROWN SKIN GIRL

CIARA FT. LUPITA NYONG'O, ESTER DEAN, CITY GIRLS & LA LA  -  MELANIN    

LAYTON GREENE  -  I CHOOSE  

LIZZO FT. MISSY ELLIOT  -  TEMPO        

RAPSODY FT. PJ MORTON  -  AFENI

 

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE   -  NO GUIDANCE

DABABY -  BOP

FUTURE FT. DRAKE  -  LIFE IS GOOD

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN  -  HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH  -  THE BOX

THE WEEKND  -  HEARTLESS

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

INNOSS’B (DRC)

SHO MADJOZI (S. AFRICA)

DAVE (U.K.)

STORMZY (U.K.)

NINHO (FRANCE)

S.PRI NOIR (FRANCE)

 

VIEWERS’ CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

REMA (NIGERIA)

SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)

CELESTE (U.K.)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (U.K.)

HATIK (FRANCE)

STACY (FRANCE)

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.