Drake leads BET Awards with 9 nods; Rihanna, Beyonce follow

By Marilyn Malara
Drake leads BET Awards with 9 nods; Rihanna, Beyonce follow
Drake is leading the BET Awards this year with nine nominations, several ahead of Beyonce and Rihanna, who are tied with four each. Photo by Twocoms/Shutterstock

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- Drake is taking the 2016 BET Awards by storm with a total of nine nominations, with Rihanna and Beyonce both in second with five nods each.

BET announced the full list of nominees Friday, with Adele, Andra Day, and K. Michelle competing against the two female frontrunners for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.


Drake is up for the award for Best Group alongside Future, with whom he released the mixtape titled What A Time To Be Alive. He is also mentioned twice for Best Collaboration with Future for "Where Ya At" and Rihanna for "Work." The Toronto rapper is also nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video Of The Year for both "Hotline Bling" and "Work," and the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award.

He is nominated for the latter award three times for "Hotline Bling," "Where Ya At" and "Work." The success follows the release of his highly anticipated album, Views From The 6.

Beyonce and Rihanna also recently released acclaimed albums this year. Both artists are currently on tour, Beyonce in promotion of her Lemonade album and Rihanna for ANTI.


The BET Awards also focuses on television actors and film this year, nominating such films as Straight Outta Compton, Will Smith's Concussion, Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Dope for Best Movie.

Stars Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Tracee Ellis Ross are all nominated for Best Actress while Anthony Anderson, Courtney B. Vance, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are in the running for best actor.

Social media starlet and actress Amandla Stenberg has been nominated for the YoungStars Award alongside Willow Smith and others.

"These nominees represent depth and diversity in achievement over the past year and we look forward to recognizing them next month," said BET President of Programming Stephen Hill.

"This show will be innovative and special; in addition to celebrating the best in entertainment, we'll also spend time throughout the show remembering Prince as only BET can. You can count on memorable performances and moments in honor of a true legend," he added.

This year's BET Awards will take place Sunday, June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will broadcast live on its corresponding channel.


"The nominations are selected by BET's Voting Academy, which is comprised 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 the creative arts," BET stated regarding award nominees.

The full list of BET Award nominees are as follows:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Andra Day
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

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. Beyoncé -- "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna Ft. Drake -- "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Fetty Wap
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 Beyoncé -- "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 Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
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.

Youngstars Award
Amandla Stenberg
Quvenzhané Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts Of No Nation
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
Beyoncé – "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"
Beyoncé -- "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
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Tinie Tempah

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