BET Awards 2019: Cardi B and Drake Lead With Multiple Nominations

Beyonce Knowles also scores for nods for the awards taking place on June 23, while slain Nipsey Hussle is up for a posthumous gong in the best male hip-hop artist category.

AceShowbizCardi B looks set for success at the 2019 BET Awards, after earning seven nominations ahead of the annual event.

The 26-year-old singer has received two nominations for the awards’ top prize – video of the year – thanks to her tunes “Money” and Bruno Mars collaboration “Please Me”. In addition, Cardi is up for best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for “Invasion of Privacy”, the viewers’ choice award and two awards in the best collaboration category – for “Please Me” and “I Like It”, which saw her team up with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Just behind Cardi in the nominations table is Drake, who earned five nods including for video of the year, best male hip-hop artist and viewers’ choice award.

Beyonce Knowles scored four nominations for the awards, taking place on June 23 in Los Angeles, including for best female R&B/pop artist, which will see her face off with sister Solange Knowles, as well as Ella Mai, H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson), SZA and Teyana Taylor.

Meanwhile, Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, earned a posthumous nomination in the best male hip-hop artist category. He will be up against Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott (II), Meek Mill, and 21 Savage.

News of Nipsey’s posthumous nomination came just hours after the video for “Higher” – the final song the rapper completed prior to his tragic death – was released by collaborator DJ Khaled.

The video sees Nipsey, dressed in blue, rapping about his family and loved ones as Khaled and John Legend also feature. It concludes with the words: “Rest in Paradise Ermias ‘Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom.”

Khaled previously revealed that 100 per cent of the proceeds from the track will be going to Nipsey’s two children, Emani, 10, and two-year-old Kross.

The full list of nominations for the 2019 BET Awards is as follows:

Video of the Year:

  • 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”
  • Cardi B, “Money”
  • Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
  • Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), “This Is America”
  • Drake, “Nice for What”
  • The Carters (Beyonce Knowles & Jay-Z), “Apes**t”

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

  • Beyonce Knowles
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson)
  • Solange Knowles
  • SZA
  • Teyana Taylor

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)
  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • Khalid

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:

  • Cardi B
  • Kash Doll
  • Lizzo
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Remy Ma

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:

  • 21 Savage
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • Meek Mill
  • Nipsey Hussle
  • Travis Scott (II)

Best New Artist:

  • Blueface
  • City Girls
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Queen Naija

Best Group:

  • Chloe & Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby and Gunna
  • Migos
  • The Carters (Beyonce Knowles & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration:

  • 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”
  • Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
  • Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”
  • H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson) featuring Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”
  • Travis Scott (II) featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode”
  • Tyga featuring Offset, “Taste”

Album of the Year:

  • Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”
  • Ella Mai, “Ella Mai”
  • Meek Mill, “Championships”
  • The Carters (Beyonce Knowles & Jay-Z), “Everything Is Love”
  • Travis Scott (II), “Astroworld”

Viewers’ Choice Award:

  • Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”
  • Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), “This Is America”
  • Drake, “In My Feelings”
  • Ella Mai, “Trip”
  • J. Cole, “Middle Child”
  • Travis Scott (II) featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode”

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

  • Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell, “All of My Life”
  • Fred Hammond, “Tell Me Where It Hurts”
  • Kirk Franklin, “Love Theory”
  • Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, “Blessing Me Again”
  • Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone”

Best Actress:

  • Issa Rae
  • Regina Hall
  • Regina King
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Viola Davis

Best Actor:

  • Anthony Anderson
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Denzel Washington
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Omari Hardwick

Best Movie:

  • Blackkklansman
  • Creed II
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Hate U Give

Youngstars Award:

  • Caleb McLaughlin
  • Lyric Ross
  • Marsai Martin
  • Michael Rainey Jr.
  • Miles Brown

Sportswoman of the Year:

  • Allyson Felix
  • Candace Parker
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Serena Williams
  • Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year:

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

BET HER Award:

  • Alicia Keys, “Raise a Man”
  • Ciara, “Level Up”
  • H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson), “Hard Place”
  • Janelle Monae, “PYNK”
  • Queen Naija, “Mama’s Hand”
  • Teyana Taylor, “Rose in Harlem”

Video Director of the Year:

  • Benny Boom
  • Colin Tilley
  • Dave Meyers
  • Hype Williams
  • Karena Evans

Best International Act:

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

Best New International Act:

  • Headie One (U.K.)
  • Jok’Air (France)
  • Nesly (France)
  • Octavian (U.K.)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Teni (Nigeria)

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