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Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead with BET Awards nominations

19 May 2015, 12:46

New York - Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are the top contenders at the upcoming BET Awards with six nominations each.

Brown will compete twice for video of the year with the hits Loyal and New Flame at the 28 June show in Los Angeles, BET announced on Monday. Minaj is up for the top prize with her eye-popping Anaconda music video.

Beyoncé and Lil Wayne follow with four nominations each. Beyoncé's 7/11 also will compete for video of the year, along with Big Sean's IDFWU and Common and John Legend's Oscar-winning Glory, from the film Selma.

Brown's nominations include best male R&B/pop artist and viewers' choice award. He's nominated twice for best collaboration thanks to Loyal, which features Lil Wayne and Tyga, and New Flame, which co-stars Usher and Rick Ross.

Minaj is nominated for best female hip-hop artist, best group as a member of Young Money and best collaboration for the remix of No Love with August Alsina. She's nominated twice for the viewer's choice award with her hit Only and as a guest on Rae Sremmurd's Throw Some Mo.

Other nominees include The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, FKA twigs and Sam Smith, who will compete for best new artist. Empire stars Taraji P Henson and Jussie Smollett are nominated for acting awards, while Serena Williams and Floyd Mayweather Jr earned sports nominations.

"This year's nominees showcase a diverse group of talent that includes longstanding entertainers, breakout performers, and outstanding athletes," Stephen Hill, BET's president of programming, said in a statement.

The BET Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre LA Live.

Full list of nominees for the BET Awards 2015:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Janelle Monáe
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Rae Sremmurd
Rich Gang
Young Money

Best Collaboration
August Alsina feat. Nicki Minaj – No Love (Remix)
Big Sean feat. E-40 – IDFWU
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – Loyal
Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – New Flame
Common & John Legend – Glory (From the motion picture Selma)
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Maros – Uptown Funk

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
DeJ Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – 7/11
Big Sean feat. E-40 – IDFWU
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – Loyal
Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – New Flame
Common & John Legend – Glory (From the motion picture Selma)
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Beyoncé, Ed Burke, & Todd Tourso
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Sam Smith

Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Idris Elba
Jussie Smollett
Kevin Hart
Terrence Howard

Youngstars Award
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
Mo’ne Davis
Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Movie
Think Like a Man Too
Top Five

Sportswoman of the Year
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Chris Paul
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Lebron James
Marshawn Lynch
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé – 7/11
DeJ Loaf – Try Me
Kendrick Lamar – i
Nicki Minaj fear. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown – Only
Rae Sremmurd feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug – Throw Sum Mo
The Weeknd – Earned It (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)

Centric Award
Avery Sunshine – Call My Name
Jazmine Sullivan feat. Meek Mill – Dumb
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Sam Smith feat. Mary J. Blige – Stay With Me
The Weeknd – Earned It (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)

Best international Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
fka Twigs
Fuse ODG
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz

- AP


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