BET Networks announces 2019 BET Awards nominations

Cardi B leads with seven nominations, followed by Drake with five

The 2019 BET Awards returns live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on June 23rd, to celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. BET Networks has announced the 2019 nominees with Cardi B leading the pack. The starlet earned an impressive seven nominations, including “Best Female Hip Hop Artist,” two separate nods in both the “Best Collaboration” and “Video of the Year” categories, “Album of the Year” and the “Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.” Drake follows with five nods for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist,” “Video of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and the “Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.” Beyoncé, Travis Scott and J. Cole all scored four nominations each, while Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai each received three nominations.

In its nineteenth year, the BET Awards continues its reign as the ultimate platform showcasing the best and most beautiful aspects of the black experience – celebrating not only the present and future of black music, but also elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the 2019 BET Awards nominations. 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. The 2019 BET Awards will simulcast live at 8 pm ET across seven Viacom networks in the US including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo. Internationally, the show will simulcast for the first-time on BET Africa at 2 am CAT on June 24th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 24th at 9 pm BST, South Korea on June 25th at 9 pm KST and in France on June 25th at 9 pm CEST.

Internationally, BET will honor Best International Act in-show, along with the fan-voted category Best New International Act during the live red carpet pre-show.

“18 years ago we launched the BET Awards and since then we have celebrated cool in ways that can’t be duplicated elsewhere,” states Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming at BET. “From Michael Jackson and James Brown busting dance moves together to Monique paying homage to Beyoncé in an unforgettable dance number to BET reuniting the Fugees we have set the tone for what cool looks like. This year we are even more so committed to continuing to create the unforgettable moments that have made the BET Awards the preeminent celebration of black culture. From the entire BET family, we congratulate each nominee and look forward to celebrating their talent and contributions at the ‘2019 BET Awards’.”

Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the 2019 BET Awards along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, once again brings the BET Experience AT L.A. Live (BETX), June 20- 23rd presented by Coca-Cola. This four-day event will be filled with music concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and Staples Center; the BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special interactive events. The weekend will be capped off with the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23rd at Microsoft Theater. VIP Packages are the only way to get BET Awards tickets, great seats to Staples Center shows, and exclusive access throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment.

The complete list of nominees for the 2019 BET Awards are:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
  • Beyonce
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R.
  • Solange
  • Sza
  • Teyana Taylor
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino
  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • Khalid
Best Group
  • Chloe x Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby & Gunna
  • Migos
  • The Carters
Best Collaboration
  • 21 Savage ft. J. Cole – A Lot
  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me
  • Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
  • H.E.R. ft Bryson Tiller – Could’ve Been
  • Travis Scott ft. Drake – Sicko Mode
  • Tyga ft Offset – Taste
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
  • 21 Savage
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • Meek Mill
  • Nispey Hussle
  • Travis Scott
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
  • Cardi B
  • Kash Doll
  • Lizzo
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Remy Ma
Video of the Year
  • 21 Savage – A Lot ft. J Cole
  • Cardi B – Money
  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me
  • Childish Gambino – This Is America
  • Drake – Nice For What
  • The Carters – Apeshit
Video Director of the Year
  • Benny Boom
  • Colin Tilley
  • Dave Meyers
  • Hype Williams
  • Karena Evans
Best New Artist
  • Blueface
  • City Girls
  • Juice Wrld
  • Lil Baby
  • Queen Naija
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
  • Erica Campbell ft. Warryn Campbell – All Of My Life
  • Fred Hammond – Tell Me Where It Hurts
  • Kirk Franklin – Love Theory
  • Snoop Dogg ft. Rance Allen – Blessing Me Again
  • Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin – Never Alone
Best International Act
  • AKA (South Africa)
  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Dave (UK)
  • Dosseh (France)
  • Giggs (UK)
  • Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)
  • Headie One (UK)
  • Jokair (France)
  • Nesley (France)
  • Octavian (UK)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Teni (Nigeria)
Album of the Year
  • Travis Scott – Astroworld
  • Meek Mill – Championships
  • Ella Mai – Ella Mai
  • The Carters – Everything Is Love
  • Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
  • Childish Gambino – This Is America
  • Drake – In My Feelings
  • Ella Mai – Trip
  • J. Cole – Middle Child
  • Travis Scott ft. Drake – Sicko Mode
BET Her Award
  • Alicia Keys – Raise A Man
  • Ciara – Level Up
  • H.E.R. – Hard Place
  • Janelle Monae – Pynk
  • Queen Naija – Mama’s Hand
  • Teyana Taylor – Rose In Harlem

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