The BET Awards have announced their nominations for 2020. Leading the music categories is Drake, who has a total of six nods, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. His singles with Chris Brown (‘No Guidance’) and Future (‘Life Is Good’) are also both up for Viewers Choice awards and Best Collaboration, while ‘No Guidance’ is also a candidate for Video Of The Year. Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch trail just slightly behind with five nods each. The 2020 BET Awards ceremony will air on 28 June at 8:00 pm on BET, BET HER and CBS.
DaBaby, who just scored his first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Rockstar’ featuring Roddy Ricch, is up for four nominations, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Album Of The Year (Kirk), as well as Video Of The Year and the Viewer’s Choice award for ‘Bop’.
Nikki Minaj is also up for four awards, including Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. ‘Hot Girl Summer’, which she appeared on, alongside Megan Thee Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign, is up for Video Of The Year, Best Collaboration and the Viewers Choice award.
Jhené Aiko, who received her first BET Award in 2014, is up against the likes of Beyoncé, Lizzo and H.E.R. for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, following the release of her best-selling album, Chilombo. Meanwhile, The Weeknd, who was just announced as a Long List nominee for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize, is among the nominees for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
On 20 May, it was announced that the awards ceremony would take place as scheduled, amid COVID-19. However, according to a press release, the broadcast will make use of “An array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content…allowing the audience to join in a celebration of black love, joy, pride and power with an all-star lineup”.
In April, Drake made history as the first male artist, and second act overall (alongside Mariah Carey) to have debuted three songs at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record was broken with his single ‘Toosie Slide,’ following ‘Nice for What,’ which opened atop the chart in April 2018, and ‘God’s Plan’ which hit No.1 in February 2018.
‘Toosie Slide’ also marked Drake’s 37th Hot 100 top 10, placing him one step closer to breaking Madonna’s record of 38.