Beyoncé, Bruno Mars Lead 2017 BET Awards Nominations

The nominations are in for the 2017 BET Awards, and it’s to little surprise that Beyoncé is reigning supreme.

Queen Bey leads the pack with seven noms, including Album of the Year (Lemonade), Video of the Year (“Sorry”), Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar), and more.

Mr. 24k, Bruno Mars follows right behind Bey with five noms, including Album of the Year (24K Magic), Video of the Year (“24K Magic”), and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. But competition is stiff this year. Chance the Rapper, Solange, and Migos are all tied with four nods apiece.

Arguably the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, features Beyoncé and Mars, as well as Solange’s A Seat at the Table, J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, and Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book.

The Knowles sisters will also take on Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Kehlani for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Bruno will battle Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Trey Songz, and Usher for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.

Last year, Beyoncé opened the BET Awards with a surprise performance of “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar. Queen Bey also won five awards at the event, including Best Female R&B Pop Artist.

The 17th annual BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony will follow the BET Experience at L.A. Live, which is scheduled to run June 22-25.

See the list of nominations below.


BET AWARDS 2017 NOMINATIONS

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

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
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – “No Problem”
Chris Brown ft. Gucci Mane & Usher – “Party”
DJ Khaled ft. ​Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Shining”
​Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Big Sean
Chance the Rapper
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Young M.A.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” ​

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.

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Drake – “Fake Love”
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”

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 feat. Usher – “Crush”

(Top Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)



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