Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby high BET Award nominations

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NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby are the promenade queen and king of the 2021 BET Awards.

The chart-topping rappers every scored seven nominations on the present airing dwell on June 27 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Megan Thee Stallion, who gained three Grammys this yr, is up for finest feminine hip-hop artist, album of the yr for “Good Information” and video of the yr for “WAP,” her No. 1 hit with Cardi B. The “Savage” rapper can also be a double nominee for each the viewer’s alternative award and finest collaboration.

DaBaby has 4 songs competing for finest collaboration: “Rockstar” with Roddy Ricch; “For the Evening” with Pop Smoke and Lil Child; “Cry Child” with Megan Thee Stallion; and “What’s Poppin” with Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez and Jack Harlow.

He’s additionally nominated for finest male hip-hop artist, the viewer’s alternative award and album of the yr for “Blame It on Child.”

Drake and Cardi B are the second-most nominated acts, scoring 5 bids every, whereas 4 nominations went to Chris Brown, Chloe x Halle, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. All of these acts are nominated for video of the yr.

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby had been two of the massive stars ultimately yr’s BET Awards — the primary awards present to air through the pandemic. It was a essential success and featured extremely produced and well-crafted pre-taped performances, with some centered across the Black expertise highlighted by the Black Lives Matter motion, civil rights and the lives of these misplaced due to law enforcement officials, together with George Floyd.

This yr’s present will permit those that are vaccinated to register to be a part of the dwell viewers. The community mentioned it’s working intently with Los Angeles County to stick to COVID-19 protocols.

Whereas press on the awards present can be restricted, BET does plan to have a pink carpet forward of the dwell occasion.

“We’re again and excited to carry tradition’s greatest night time … safely again to Los Angeles to rejoice this yr’s unbelievable roster of nominees,” Connie Orlando, BET’s govt vp of specials, music programming and music technique, mentioned in a press release Thursday. “We broke floor as one of many first official award reveals to maneuver ahead through the world pandemic and we’re able to take our pioneer standing to the following degree with the return of an viewers to rejoice the very best and brightest artistic minds within the leisure trade.”

Different nominees on the present embrace The Weeknd, up for album of the yr and finest male pop/R&B artist, and late rapper Pop Smoke, who gained 5 Billboard Music Awards this week and picked up two nominations on the BET Awards, together with finest male hip-hop artist. His competitors consists of J. Cole, Drake, Lil Child, DaBaby and shock nominee Jack Harlow. Although Harlow had a success with “What’s Poppin,” he surprisingly scored a nomination within the high class over acts like Nas, Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Future, Younger Thug, YoungBoy By no means Broke Once more and Gunna, amongst others.

Nicki Minaj was surprisingly shut out of finest feminine hip-hop artist regardless of launching two No. 1 hits final yr together with her appearances on 6ix9ine’s “Trollz” and Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix. From 2010 to 2016, Minaj had gained the honour for seven consecutive years, and had been a nominee for 11 consecutive years.

Feminine performers competing with Megan Thee Stallion, final yr’s finest feminine hip-hop artist winner, embrace Cardi B, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Latto and Coi Leray.

The late actor Chadwick Boseman adopted his many posthumous awards nominations with one on the BET Awards — he is nominated for finest actor together with latest Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, Eddie Murphy, LaKeith Stanfield, Aldis Hodge and Damson Idris. Actor-singers Andra Day and Zendaya are up for finest actress, together with Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Issa Rae and Jurnee Smollett.

Finest film nominees are “Coming 2 America,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” “The US vs. Billie Vacation,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Soul” and “One Evening in Miami.”

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