Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Lil Nas X set for BET Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s BET Awards might be full of performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X and H.E.R., a tribute to late rapper DMX and a dedication to Queen Latifah’s acclaimed profession.

Taraji P. Henson will host the dwell present from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the place performers embody DaBaby, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan, Migos, Lil Child, Andra Day, Roddy Ricch, Metropolis Women, Kirk Franklin, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody and Tyler, the Creator.

Swizz Beatz is curating the tribute to DMX, who died in April at age 50. Performers embody Busta Rhymes, Methodology Man and Griselda. And Grammy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah will obtain the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby, former collaborators who lately traded phrases on-line, are the highest contenders with seven nominations every.

The “Savage” rapper, who received three Grammys this yr, is up for greatest 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. Megan Thee Stallion can be a double nominee for each the viewer’s alternative award and greatest collaboration.

DaBaby has 4 songs competing for greatest 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 greatest male hip-hop artist, the viewer’s alternative award and album of the yr for “Blame It on Child.”

Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby have been two of the massive stars eventually yr’s BET Awards — the primary awards present to air through the pandemic. It was a vital 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 stated it’s working intently with Los Angeles County to stick to COVID-19 protocols.

Whereas press on the awards present might be restricted, BET does plan to have a purple carpet forward of the dwell occasion, which is able to characteristic plenty of large title presenters together with Issa Rae, Naomi Campbell, Regina Corridor, Lena Waithe, Mj Rodriguez, Saweetie, Jill Scott, Marsai Martin, Chlöe Bailey and Ashanti. Jennifer Hudson may even make a particular look on the present.

Drake and Cardi B are the second-most nominated acts on the BET Awards, 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.

Different nominees embody The Weeknd, up for album of the yr and greatest male pop/R&B artist, and late rapper Pop Smoke, who received 5 Billboard Music Awards final month and picked up two nominations on the BET Awards, together with greatest male hip-hop artist.

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