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Drake leads BET nominations with nine nods

Drake leads the nominations for this year's BET Awards with nine nods.

The 29-year-old singer's career is going from strength to strength, with the acknowledgment of his success in the list of BET nominations, released on Thursday (19May16), the latest indication. Among the categories Drake is nominated in are Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year for Hotline Bling and Work, his duet with Rihanna, which is also up for Best Collaboration.


He faces some tough competition in all of the categories he features in, particularly for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, in which he will have to beat Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to take home the prize.


Beyonce and Rihanna received five nominations each for the awards, which take place on 26 June (16) in Los Angeles. Both are up for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist gong, alongside Adele, Andra Day and K. Michelle, while they will also compete for Video of the Year with their respective Formation and Work videos, the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Collaboration.


Away from music, Scandal star Kerry Washington, Empire's Taraji P. Henson and How To Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis are nominated for the Best Actress award, alongside Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and former She's All That actress Gabrielle Union for Being Mary Jane.


Anthony Anderson, Courtney B. Vance, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are all up for the Best Actor gong, while Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhane Wallis, Silento, Willow Smith and Yara Shahidi will compete for the YoungStars Award.


The Best Movie category is another strong one, with critically-acclaimed movies Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Beasts of No Nation, Concussion and Dope all fighting for the top spot.


The BET Awards, established by the Black Entertainment Television network, recognizes African Americans and other minorities in the music, acting and sporting fields.

The full list of nominations for the BET Awards 2016 is:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Adele


Andra Day


Beyonce


K. Michelle


Rihanna



Best Male R&B/Pop Artist


Bryson Tiller


Chris Brown


Jeremih


The Weeknd


Tyrese



Best Group


2 Chainz & Lil Wayne


Drake & Future


Puff Daddy & The Family


Rae Sremmurd


The Internet



Best Collaboration


Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign - Play No Games


Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend - One Man Can Change the World


Future ft. Drake - Where Ya At


Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce - Feeling Myself


Rihanna ft. Drake - Work



Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Drake


Fetty Wap


Future


J. Cole


Kanye West


Kendrick Lamar



Best Female Hip Hop Artist


Dej Loaf


Lil Kim


Missy Elliott


Nicki Minaj


Remy Ma



Video of the Year


Beyonce - Formation


Bryson Tiller - Don't


Drake - Hotline Bling


Kendrick Lamar - Alright


Rihanna ft. Drake - Work



Video Director of the Year


Benny Boom


Chris Brown


Colin Tilly & The Little Homies


Director X


Hype Williams



Best New Artist


Alessia Cara


Andra Day


Bryson Tiller


Kehlani


Tory Lanex



Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award


Anthony Brown & Group Therapy


Erica Campbell


Kirk Franklin


Lecrae


Tamela Mann


Tasha Cobbs



Best Actress


Gabrielle Union


Kerry Washington


Taraji P. Henson


Tracee Ellis Ross


Viola Davis



Best Actor


Anthony Anderson


Courtney B. Vance


Idris Elba


Michael B. Jordan


O'Shea Jackson Jr.



YoungStars Award


Amandla Stenberg


Quvenzhane Wallis


Silento


Willow Smith


Yara Shahidi



Best Movie


Beasts of No Nation


Concussion


Creed


Dope


Straight Outta Compton



Sportswoman of the Year


Cheyenne Woods


Gabrielle Douglas


Serena Williams


Skylar Diggins


Venus Williams



Sportsman of the Year


Cam Newton


Kobe Bryant


LeBron James


Odell Beckham Jr.


Stephen Curry



Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award


Beyonce – Formation


Bryson Tiller – Don't


Chris Brown – Back To Sleep


Drake – Hotline Bling


Future ft. Drake - Where Ya At


Rihanna ft. Drake – Work



Centric Award


Andra Day - Rise Up


Beyonce – Formation


K. Michelle – Not A Little Bit


Rihanna - BBHMM


The Internet - Under Control



Best International Act Africa


AKA (South Africa)


Black Coffee (South Africa)


Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)


Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)


Mzvee (Ghana)


Serge Beynaud (Cote D’Ivoire)


Wizkid (Nigeria)


Yemi Alade (Nigeria)



Best International Act UK


Kano


Krept & Konan


Lianne La Havas


Skepta


Stormzy


Tinie Tempah