Drake, Beyoncé, & Rihanna Lead 2016 BET Awards Nominations

The Drakeover continues. Fresh off his seven Much Music Video Award nominations, Drake does it again, this time at the 2016 BET Awards.

Drizzy keeps his leading role here with nine nominations, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year.

The 6 God will be facing stiff competition for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, as he goes against Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar.

Meanwhile, there’s also serious talent in the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category, where Nicki Minaj takes on DeJ Loaf, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Remy Ma.

Elsewhere, Beyoncé and Rihanna each end up with five nominations, including face-offs in Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year.

“These nominees represent depth and diversity in achievement over the past year and we look forward to recognizing them next month,” said BET’s 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.”

BET also teamed up with choreographer Will “WilldaBEAST” Adams to announce the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist nominations in an intense dance video.

The 2016 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26, from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET.


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

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)
Yema Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Tinie Tempah

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