Drake, Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé lead 2024 BET Award nominations

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Drake, Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé lead 2024 BET Award nominations

Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé have scored the most nominations for the upcoming 2024 BET Awards, which is scheduled to air on the network on June 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The full list of all the nominations was revealed on Thursday (May 16) on the network’s official website, and they revealed that the 6 God leads the pack with seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

Minaj is second runner-up for nominations, and the Pink Friday rapper received a total of six nods, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year (for “Barbie World” featuring Ice Spice).

The Queen Bey, meanwhile, has four nominations, alongside 21 Savage, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla, and Usher.

Other nominees include J. Cole, Sexyy Red, SZA, and Victoria Monét.

Last year, Beyoncé and SZA were the biggest winners with three awards each. Queen Bey’s Renaissance was crowned Album of the Year, while her “Break My Soul” music video took home the Viewer’s Choice and BET Her awards.

SZA’s record-breaking SOS also won Album of the Year in a rare tie in the standout category, while her “Kill Bill” mini-movie claimed Video of the Year.

The TDE songstress was also crowned Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, fending off stiff competition from Beyoncé, Lizzo, Ari Lennox, Tems, H.E.R. and Coco Jones — the latter of whom was named Best New Artist.

As for Drake, the 6 God trailed closely behind with two wins: Best Group alongside his Her Loss cohort 21 Savage and Best Collaboration for his appearance on Future’s chart-topping hit “Wait For U,” which also featured Tems.

Elsewhere, Kendrick Lamar won Best Male Hip Hop Artist for a second year running, Chris Brown and Usher were jointly named Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Latto beat out Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Ice Spice, GloRilla, Megan Thee Stallion and Coi Leray to the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award.

During her televised acceptance speech, the “Big Energy” hitmaker saluted both her peers and the pioneers who paved the way, while also showing love to the female MCs who missed out on a nomination in the category.

“I’m not gon’ cry this year,” Latto began, referencing her tearful Best New Artist victory at last year’s BET Awards. “Shout out to God. He be doing his big one on me! Shout out to all the other women in the category, all the women who paved the way for this to be even be possible, this category is going crazy this year.

“Oh, shout out to some women who I think should have been in the category: Doechii — I love you, baby — Maiya The Don, Flo Milli, Mello Buckzz, TiaCorine. Shout out to all the women, we killin’ it. This is the year of the female, year of women. Hopefully we gon’ see an all-female tour very soon, you feel me?”

“Momma, I love you. And my man, thank you to my man,” she added with a wry smile and sexually suggestive gesture, referencing the long-running speculation surrounding her love life.