Even the Covid-19 pandemic cannot halt a big anniversary.  Later this month BET will be celebrating 20 years of awarding the accomplishments of musicians, actors, and sport figures.

On June 28, the 20th anniversary celebration of the 2020 BET Awards will be broadcast on several of the Viacom/BCS network including CBS itself for the first time.  Due to the global pandemic and restrictions on crowd sizes; the BET Awards will be a virtual event with Amanda Seales serving as the host.

Canadian Urban artist Drake leads the way with six nominations.  Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby have also earned multiple nominations.

2020 BET Awards nominees:
Album of the Year:
“Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo
“Fever”by  Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album” by Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her” by H.E.R.
“Kirk” by DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” by Roddy Ricch

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
Jhene Aiko
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group:
Chloe x Halle
City Girls

Best Collaboration:
“No Guidance” by Chris Brown with Drake
“Higher” by DJ Khaled with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake
“Slide” by H.E.R. with YG
“Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
“On Chill” by Wale with Jeremih

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year:
“No Guidance” by Chris Brown with Drake
“Bop” by DaBaby
“Higher” by DJ Khaled with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Video Director of the Year:
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist:
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Album:
“Alright” by Fred Hammond
“I Made it Out” by John P. Kee with Zacardi Cortez
“Follow God” by Kanye West
“Just for Me” by Kirk Franklin
“All in His Pain” by PJ Morton with Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary
“Victoyr” by The Clark Sisters

Best Movie:
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“Queen & Slim”

Best Actress:
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor:
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan
Omari Hardwick

Young Stars Award:
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di’Allo Winston
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year:
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year:
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BET HER Award:
Alicia Keys for “Underdog”
Beyoncé with  Blue Ivy,  WizKid, and Saint Jhn for “Brown Skin Girl”
Ciara with Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls, and La La for “Melanin”
Layton Greene for “I Choose”
Lizzo with Missy Elliott for “Tempo”
Rapsody with PJ Morgan for “Afeni”

Viewer’s Choice Award:
“No Guidance” by Chris Brown with Drake
“Bop” by DaBaby
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake
“Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion with Nicki Minaj
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch
“Heartless” by The Weeknd

Best International Act:
Burna Boy from Nigeria
Innoss’B fro the DRC
Sho Madjozi from South Africa
Dave from the UK
Ninho from France
S.Pri Noir from France

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act:
Rema from Nigeria
SHA SHA from Zimbabwe
Celeste from the UK
Young T & Bugsey from the UK
Hatik from France
Stacy from France


feature photo credit: BET Awards Facebook page