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BET Networks Announces Official Nominees For The 2017 "BET Awards"

BET Networks Announces Official Nominees For The 2017 "BET Awards"

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. announced the nominations for the 2017 "BET Awards" taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25. This year's broadcast marks 17 years of unexpected performances, trailblazing moments, super dope talent, and entertainment's most provocative players. The iconic show continues to be a cultural rule breaker steeped in reinvention with some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. In 2016, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar surprised guests with a groundbreaking performance of "Freedom," Sheila E. and Mayte Garcia performed during the Prince Lifetime Achievement Award tribute and Jesse Williams brought the audience to their feet with his dynamic and ever-viral Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. The "BET Awards" has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts.

Beyoncé dominates this year's nominations with a total of seven including 'Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,' 'Best Collaboration' with Kendrick Lamar for "Freedom," 'Video of the Year,' and 'Album of the Year' for Lemonade. Bruno Mars follows with five nods including 'Album of the Year,' 'Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,' and 'Video of the Year' for "24K Magic." Other nominees include Solange, nominated for four awards and who is up against sister Beyoncé for 'Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.' Chance the Rapper and Migos receive four nominations as well, Chance the Rapper nominated for 'Best Male Hip-Hop Artist' and 'Best New Artist' and Migos for 'Best Group' and 'Best Collaboration' for their #1 hit "Bad and Boujee" with Lil Uzi Vert.

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the 2017 "BET Awards" nominations. The nominations are selected by BET's Voting Academy, which is comprised 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 the creative arts.

The complete list of nominees for the 2017 "BET Awards" are:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Kehlani
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Rihanna
  • Solange

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Bruno Mars
  • Chris Brown
  • The Weeknd
  • Trey Songz
  • Usher

Best Group

  • 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma
  • Migos
  • Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

  • Big Sean
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Drake
  • Future
  • Cole
  • Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Missy Elliott
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Remy Ma
  • Young M.A.

Video of the Year

Video Director of the Year

  • Benny Boom - Kehlani. "Crzy"
  • Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia - Bruno Mars. "That's What I Like"
  • Director X - Zayn Malik. "Like I Would"
  • Hype Williams - Tyga. "Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner"
  • Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. - Beyoncé "Sorry"

Best New Artist

  • 21 Savage
  • Cardi B
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Khalid
  • Young M.A.

Album of the Year

  • 24k Magic - Bruno Mars
  • 4 Your Eyez Only - J. Cole
  • A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper
  • Lemonade - Beyoncé

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Best Actress

  • Gabrielle Union
  • Issa Rae
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis

Best Actor

  • Bryshere Y. Gray
  • Denzel Washington
  • Donald Glover
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Omari Hardwick

Youngstars Award

  • Ace Hunter
  • Caleb Mclaughlin
  • Jaden Smith
  • Marsai Martin
  • Yara Shahidi

Best Movie

Sportswoman of the Year Award

  • Gabby Douglas
  • Serena Williams
  • Simone Biles
  • Skylar Diggins
  • Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year Award

  • Cam Newton
  • Lebron James
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Stephen Curry

Centric Award

  • Fantasia - "Sleeping with the One I Love"
  • Kehlani - "Distraction"
  • Mary J. Blige - "Thick of It"
  • Solange - "Cranes in the Sky"
  • Syd - "All About Me"
  • Yuna - "Crush Ft. Usher"

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award

Best International Act: Europe

  • Booba (France)
  • Mhd (France)
  • Craig David (UK)
  • Emeli Sandé (UK)
  • Giggs (UK)
  • Skepta (UK)
  • Stormzy (UK)
  • Wiley (UK)

Best International Act: Africa

  • Aka (South Africa)
  • Babes Wodumo (South Africa)
  • Davido (Nigeria)
  • Nasty C (South Africa)
  • Stonebwoy (Ghana)
  • Tekno (Nigeria)
  • Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

The 2017 "BET Awards" will premiere around the world on BET's international networks. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 27th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 27th at 8:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 28th at 9:00pm CEST. Fan voting for the "Best International Act: Europe" and "Best International Act: Africa" categories opens today and will close on May 26. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the 2017 "BET Awards" live with BET Play, BET International's subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, standup comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.
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