Drake, Kendrick Lamar to Compete at BET Awards; Nicki Minaj, SZA, J. Cole Earn Multiple Nominations

The Drake-Kendrick Lamar showdown will continue — at the 2024 BET Awards.

The rappers will compete in two categories at the June 30 show: best male hip-hop artist and best collaboration. In the latter category, Drake is nominated for “Rich Baby Daddy” with SZA and Sexyy Red, while Lamar is nominated for his guest verse on the remix of Beyoncé’s “America Has a Problem.”

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Drake is the show’s top contender with seven nominations, thanks to his album For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition). Lamar didn’t release an album that was eligible this year. The Canadian rapper’s other nominations include album of the year, best male R&B/pop artist and viewer’s choice for “Rich Baby Daddy.” He’s nominated twice in the video of the year category: “Rich Baby Daddy” and his guest verse on J. Cole’s “First Person Shooter,” the late 2023 track that reignited his feud with Lamar.

Nicki Minaj follows Drake with six nominations, including bids for video of the year for “Barbie World” with Ice Spice and Aqua, album of the year for Pink Friday 2 and best female hip-hop artist.

For video of the year, Minaj and Drake will take on Lil Durk and J. Cole’s “All My Life,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Bongos,” Victoria Monét’s “On My Mama,” Usher, Summer Walker and 21 Savage’s “Good Good” and Doja Cat’s “Agora Hills.”

For album of the year, those nominated alongside Drake and Minaj’s projects are: Monét’s Jaguar II, Chris Brown’s 11:11, Usher’s Coming Home, Killer Mike’s Michael, 21 Savage’s American Dream and Gunna’s A Gift & A Curse.

SZA, J. Cole, Sexyy Red and Monét earned five nominations apiece. Acts who scored four nominations are Beyoncé, Usher, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, 21 Savage and Tyla.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 12-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter — who has won a Grammy, NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Music Award — is nominated for the YoungStars Award, which honors child and teen entertainers. Other nominees are Akira Akbar, Demi Singleton, Heiress Diana Harris, Jabria Mccullum, Jalyn Hall, Leah Jeffries and Van Van.

Performers at the event airing live on BET from Los Angeles include Monét, Sexyy Red, Muni Long, Latto, GloRilla and Shaboozey.

A complete list of this year’s BET Awards nominees follows.

Album of the year

Chris Brown, 11:11
Gunna, A Gift & A Curse
21 Savage, American Dream
Usher, Coming Home
Drake, For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition)
Victoria Monét, Jaguar II
Killer Mike, Michael
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday 2

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Coco Jones
Doja Cat
Muni Long
Victoria Monét

Best male R&B/pop artist

Brent Faiyaz
Bryson Tiller
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
October London

Best group

¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Blxst & Bino Rideaux
City Girls
Maverick City Music

Best collaboration

Lil Durk feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, “America Has a Problem (Remix)”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua), “Barbie World”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “Bongos”
¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign feat. Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, “Carnival”
Lola Brooke feat. Latto & Yung Miami, “Don’t Play With It (Remix)”
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Everybody”
Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage, “Good Good”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”

Best female hip-hop artist

Cardi B
Doja Cat
Ice Spice
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Sexyy Red

Best male hip-hop artist

21 Savage
Burna Boy
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Wayne

Best new artist

Ayra Starr
Bossman Dlow
October London
Sexyy Red

Video of the year

Doja Cat, “Agora Hills”
Lil Durk feat J. Cole, “All My Life”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua), “Barbie World”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “Bongos”
Drake feat. J. Cole, “First Person Shooter”
Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage, “Good Good”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”

Video director of the year

Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Janelle Monáe & Alan Ferguson
Tyler, The Creator

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Shirley Caesar, “Award All of the Glory”
Kirk Franklin, “All Things”
Halle Bailey, “Angel”
CeCe Winans, “Come Jesus Come”
Erica Campbell, Do You Believe in Love?”
Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore, “God Problems”
Tems, “Me & U”
Kirk Franklin, “Try Love”

Viewer’s choice award

Doja Cat, “Agora Hills”
Lil Durk feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Gunna, “Fukumean”
Jack Harlow, “Lovin on Me”
Muni Long, “Made for Me”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”
Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay, “Sensational”
Beyoncé, “Texas Hold ‘Em”
Tyla, “Water”

Best international act

Asake (Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Ayra Starr (Africa)
Bk’ (Brazil)
Cleo Sol (UK)
Focalistic (Africa)
Karol Conká (Brazil)
Raye (UK)
Tiakola (France)
Tyla (Africa)

Viewer’s choice: best new international act

Bellah (UK)
Cristale (UK)
Duquesa (Brazil)
Holly G (France)
Jungeli (France)
Makhadzi (Africa)
Oruam (Brazil)
Seyi Vibez (Africa)
Tyler Icu (Africa)


Beyoncé, “16 Carriages”
Nicki Minaj feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “Blessings”
Ayra Starr, “Commas”
Flo feat. Missy Elliott, “Fly Girl”
Megan Thee Stallion, “Hiss”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
SZA, “Saturn”
GloRilla, “Yeah Glo!”

Best movie

American Fiction
Bob Marley: One Love
Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The Book of Clarence
The Color Purple
The Equalizer 3
The Little Mermaid

Best actor

Anthony Mackie
Colman Domingo
Damson Idris
Denzel Washington
Donald Glover
Idris Elba
Jeffrey Wright
Lakeith Stanfield

Best actress

Angela Bassett
Ayo Edebiri
Coco Jones
Danielle Brooks
Halle Bailey
Issa Rae
Regina King

YoungStars Award

Akira Akbar
Blue Ivy Carter
Demi Singleton
Heiress Diana Harris
Jabria McCullum
Jalyn Hall
Leah Jeffries
Van Van

Sportswoman of the Year Award

A’ja Wilson
Angel Reese
Coco Gauff
Flau’jae Johnson
Juju Watkins
Naomi Osaka
Sha’carri Richardson
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

Anthony Edwards
Gervonta Davis
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Hurts
Kyrie Irving
Lebron James
Patrick Mahomes
Stephen Curry

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