BET Announces Official Nominations for the “BET AWARDS” 2021

THE “BET AWARDS” 2021 WILL AIR LIVE FROM MICROSOFT THEATER AT L.A. LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 PM ET/ PT ON BET

MEGAN THEE STALLION AND DABABY LEAD WITH SEVEN NOMINATIONS EACH CARDI B AND DRAKE FOLLOW WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS APIECE

ANDERSON .PAAK, BRUNO MARS, CHLOE X HALLE, AND CHRIS BROWN TIE WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS

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DaBaby (photo credit: Austin Hargrave)

May 27, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, BET announces the “BET AWARDS” 2021 nominees with Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby leading the pack with seven nominations respectively. This year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and Black excellence across music, television, film, and sports. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will air LIVE,Sunday, June 27 on BET at 8 pm ET/ PT.

“We are back and excited to bring culture’s biggest night, the 2021 ‘BET Awards,’ safely back to Los Angeles to celebrate this year’s incredible roster of nominees”

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy

“We are back and excited to bring culture’s biggest night, the 2021 ‘BET Awards,’ safely back to Los Angeles to celebrate this year’s incredible roster of nominees,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We broke ground as one of the first official award shows to move forward during the global pandemic and we are ready to take our pioneer status to the next level with the return of an audience to celebrate the best and brightest creative minds in the entertainment industry.”

Megan Thee Stallion (photo credit: Marcelo Cantu)

Megan Thee Stallion, who left her mark in last year’s telecast with her Mad Max inspired performance for “Girls in The Hood” and “Savage,” claims one of the top spots securing seven nominations for ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for WAP, ‘Album of the Year,’ for Good News, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award (x2),’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for her features with DaBaby (Cry Baby) and Cardi B (WAP). After his searing and powerful ‘Rockstar’ performance at last year’s “BET Awards,” DaBaby claims the other top spot securing seven nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ for Blame it on Baby, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award,’ and four nods for ‘Best Collaboration’ for his features alongside Roddy Ricch (Rockstar), Megan Thee Stallion (Cry Baby), Pop Smoke & Lil Baby (For The Night), and Jack Harlow Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne (Whats Poppin- Remix).

Cardi B and Drake garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Cardi B’s nods include‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ twice for WAP and UP. Drake’s nods include ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for Laugh Now Cry Laterfeaturing Lil Durk and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’. Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe X Halle, and Chris Brown are the third-highest with four nominations each and are all up for the coveted ‘Video of the Year’ award.

Culture’s biggest night, the “BET AWARDS,” continues its reign in its twenty-first year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

Following last year’s groundbreaking virtual awards show, the “BET AWARDS” returns this year with a live show audience. Beginning today, vaccinated individuals can register here for consideration to be part of the “BET AWARDS” 2021 live show audience. BET will work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Due to these safety parameters, press access to the show will be limited and “BET AWARDS” will not be issuing a credential form. Media will be invited directly to cover any in person opportunities, including the red carpet, with additional remote/virtual press opportunities to be announced at a later date.

BET recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21 categories with The “BET Awards” 2021 nominations (‘Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act’ will be released at a later date). The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africaat 2 am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9 pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UKon June 28th at 9 pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th.

The complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND 
BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY 
GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION 
HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN 
KING’S DISEASE – NAS 
UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE

BEST COLLABORATION

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 
DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR 
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR 
JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) 
MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY 
POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ 
H.E.R. 
JAZMINE SULLIVAN 
JHENÉ AIKO 
SUMMER WALKER 
SZA

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST

6LACK 
ANDERSON .PAAK 
CHRIS BROWN 
GIVEON 
TANK 
THE WEEKND

BEST NEW ARTIST

COI LERAY 
FLO MILLI 
GIVEON 
JACK HARLOW 
LATTO 
POOH SHIESTY

BEST GROUP

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN 
CHLOE X HALLE 
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG 
CITY GIRLS 
MIGOS 
SILK SONIC

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B 
COI LERAY 
DOJA CAT 
MEGAN THEE STALLION 
LATTO 
SAWEETIE

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY 
DRAKE 
J. COLE 
JACK HARLOW 
LIL BABY 
POP SMOKE

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME 
CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST 
H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER 
KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD 
MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL 
TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE 
BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA 
BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN 
CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL 
CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED 
SZA – GOOD DAYS

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE) 
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) 
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA) 
EMICIDA (BRAZIL) 
HEADIE ONE (UK) 
WIZKID (NIGERIA) 
YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK) 
YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE)

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY 
DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR 
DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR 
DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER 
LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE 
MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX) 
SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CARDI B – UP 
CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 
CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT 
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY 
DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER 
SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM 
BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD 
COLE BENNETT 
COLIN TILLEY 
DAVE MEYERS 
HYPE WILLIAMS

BEST MOVIE

COMING 2 AMERICA 
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH 
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM 
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… 
SOUL 
THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

BEST ACTRESS

ANDRA DAY 
ANGELA BASSETT 
ISSA RAE 
JURNEE SMOLLETT 
VIOLA DAVIS 
ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

ALDIS HODGE 
CHADWICK BOSEMAN 
DAMSON IDRIS 
DANIEL KALUUYA 
EDDIE MURPHY 
LAKEITH STANFIELD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX R. HIBBERT 
ETHAN HUTCHISON 
LONNIE CHAVIS 
MARSAI MARTIN 
MICHAEL EPPS 
STORM REID

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

A’JA WILSON 
CANDACE PARKER 
CLARESSA SHIELDS 
NAOMI OSAKA 
SERENA WILLIAMS 
SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

KYRIE IRVING 
LEBRON JAMES 
PATRICK MAHOMES 
RUSSELL WESTBROOK 
RUSSELL WILSON 
STEPHEN CURRY

Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” 2021 broadcast special.

Voting for the “BET AWARDS” 2021 ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’ begins on June 7th. For the latest “BET AWARDS2021 news and updates, including details on audience selection and eligibility, please visitBET.com/Awards.