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Drake the Leading Nominee for BET Awards


Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDrake is the leading nominee for this year’s BET Awards.

The rapper scored nine nominations on Thursday, including two for video of the year. He’s represented in that category for his hit “Hotline Bling,” as well as for his appearance on Rihanna‘s “Work.”

The other contenders for video of the year are Beyoncé‘s “Formation,” Kendrick Lamar‘s “Alright” and Bryson Tiller‘s “Don’t.”

Beyoncé and Rihanna each earned five nominations. Chris Brown, Future and Tiller have four nods each.

The BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26.

Here are the nominees:

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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