BET Awards: Cardi B, Drake and Beyoncé Lead Nominations

7:00 AM 5/17/2019

by Annie Howard

Travis Scott and J. Cole picked up four noms each, with the ceremony set to air June 23 from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live.

From left: Cardi B, Drake, Beyoncé
From left: Cardi B, Drake, Beyoncé
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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.

  • Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

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    Beyoncé (WINNER)
    Ella Mai
    Teyana Taylor

  • Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
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    Bruno Mars (WINNER)
    Anderson .Paak
    Childish Gambino
    Chris Brown
    John Legend

  • Best Group

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    Migos (WINNER)
    Chloe x Halle
    City Girls
    Lil Baby & Gunna
    The Carters

  • Best Collaboration

    Travis Scott
    Travis Scott
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    "Sicko Mode," Travis Scott ft. Drake (WINNER)
    "A Lot," 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
    "Please Me," Cardi B & Bruno Mars
    "I Like It," Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    "Could've Been," H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller
    "Taste," Tyga ft. Offset

  • Best Female Hip Hop Artist

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
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    Cardi B (WINNER)
    Kash Doll
    Megan Thee Stallion
    Nicki Minaj
    Remy Ma

  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist

    Nipsey Hussle
    Nipsey Hussle
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    Nipsey Hussle (WINNER)
    21 Savage
    J. Cole
    Meek Mill
    Travis Scott

  • Video of the Year

    "This Is America"
    "This Is America"

    "This Is America," Childish Gambino (WINNER)
    "A Lot," 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
    "Money," Cardi B
    "Please Me," Cardi B & Bruno Mars
    "Nice For What," Drake
    "APES**T," The Carters

  • Video Director of the Year

    Karena Evans (WINNER)
    Benny Boom
    Colin Tilley
    Dave Meyers
    Hype Williams

  • Best New Artist

    Lil Baby (WINNER)
    City Girls
    Juice WRLD
    Queen Naija

  • Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational

    Snoop Dogg
    Snoop Dogg
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    "Blessing Me Again," Snoop Dogg ft. Rance Allen (WINNER)
    "All Of My Life," Erica Campbell ft. Warryn Campbell
    "Tell Me Where It Hurts," Fred Hammon
    "Love Theory," Kirk Franklin
    "Never Alone," Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin

  • Best International Act

    Burna Boy
    Burna Boy
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    Burna Boy (Nigeria) (WINNER)
    AKA (South Africa)
    Aya Nakamura (France)
    Dave (U.K.)
    Dosseh (France)
    Giggs (U.K.)
    Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)

  • Best New International Act

    Sho Madjozi (South Africa) (WINNER)
    Headie One (UK)
    Jokair (France)
    Nesly (France)
    Octavian (UK)
    Teni (Nigeria)

  • Best Actress

    Regina King
    Regina King
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    Regina King (WINNER)
    Issa Rae
    Regina Hall
    Taraji P. Henson
    Tiffany Haddish
    Viola Davis

  • Best Actor

    Michael B. Jordan
    Michael B. Jordan
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    Michael B. Jordan (WINNER)
    Anthony Anderson
    Chadwick Boseman
    Denzel Washington
    Mahershala Ali
    Omari Hardwick

  • Young Stars

    Marsai Martin
    Marsai Martin
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    Marsai Martin (WINNER)
    Caleb McLaughlin
    Lyrics Ross
    Michael Rainey Jr.
    Miles Brown

  • Best Movie

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    BlacKkKlansman (WINNER)
    Creed 2
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    The Hate U Give

  • Sportswoman of the Year

    Serena Williams
    Serena Williams
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    Serena Williams (WINNER)
    Allyson Felix
    Candace Parker
    Naomi Osaka
    Simone Biles

  • Sportsman of the Year

    Stephen Curry
    Stephen Curry
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    Stephen Curry (WINNER)
    Kevin Durant
    LeBron James
    Odell Beckham Jr.
    Tiger Woods

  • Album of the Year

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
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    Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B (WINNER)
    Astroworld, Travis Scott
    Championships, Meek Mill
    Ella Mai, Ella Mai
    Everything Is Love, The Carters

  • BET Her

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    "Hard Place," H.E.R.
    "Raise a Man," Alicia Keys
    "Level Up," Ciara
    "Pynk," Janelle Monáe
    "Mama's Hand," Queen Naija
    "Rose In Harlem," Teyana Taylor

  • Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice

    Ella Mai
    Ella Mai
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    "Trip," Ella Mai (WINNER)
    "I Like It," Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    "This Is America," Childish Gambino
    "In My Feelings," Drake
    "Middle Child," J. Cole
    "Sicko Mode," Travis Scott ft. Drake