NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the leading nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.
BET announced recently that Drake is nominated for six honours, including Video of the Year and Best Male Hip-Hop Artiste.
For both Best Collaboration and the Viewer’s Choice Award, Drake is nominated twice thanks to the hits No Guidance with Chris Brown and Life Is Good with Future.
The 2020 BET Awards will air live on June 28 across ViacomCBS networks, including CBS for the first time. The show, which will be a virtual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic, will also air on BET and BET HER.
Breakthrough rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch follow Drake with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion, who recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her Beyoncé-assisted Savage remix, is nominated for video of the year, Best Female Hip-Hop Artiste, Best Collaboration, the Viewer’s Choice Award and Album of the Year for Fever.
Ricch, who won his first Grammy Award earlier this year, also topped the pop charts with his upbeat hit The Box. The video for that song is nominated for Video of the Year alongside DaBaby’s Bop, DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend’s Higher, Doja Cat’s Say So, Megan The Stallion’s Hot Girl Summer and Chris Brown and Drake’s No Guidance. Beyoncé, Minaj, Brown, Lizzo and DaBaby earned four nominations each.
Kanye West, who released an album last year, is nominated for the Dr Bobby Jones Best Inspirational Award. He will compete with Kirk Franklin, the Clark Sisters, Fred Hammond, John P Kee and PJ Morton.