Cardi B scored a leading seven nominations for the 2019 BET Awards, including nods for best female hip hop artist, best collaboration, video of the year, album of the year and the viewers' choice award. Drake earned five noms for best male hip hop artist, video of the year, best collaboration and more. Beyoncé, Travis Scott and J. Cole picked up four noms each, and Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai received three apiece.
The nominees honor the best in black culture, recognizing artists, entertainers and athletes in 20 categories and are selected by BET's Voting Academy, made up of both fans and entertainment professionals in television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations and the creative arts.
The 19th annual BET Awards, hosted by Regina Hall, will air live across seven Viacom networks in the U.S. (BET, BET Her, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1, and Logo) at 8 p.m. ET on June 23 from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live. The awards will broadcast for the first-time on BET Africa at 2 a.m. CAT on June 24, followed by international broadcasts in the U.K. on June 24, South Korea on June 25 at 9 p.m. KST and in France on June 25 at 9 p.m. CEST.
Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Mustard, Lil Baby, City Girls’ Yung Miami, Lucky Daye and Kiana Ledé are set to perform. BET also recently announced the first group of presenters at the awards, including Taraji P. Henson, Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin.
A complete list of nominees for the 2019 BET Awards follows.