Jay Z and Drake will vie for best male hip-hop artist along
with Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. The two will also
battle it out for video of the year with other nominees Beyonce,
Chris Brown and Williams.
Beyonce also earned nods for best female R&B/pop artist and best
collaboration, with husband Jay Z on "Drunk in Love," as well as
nominations for video of the year for "Drunk in Love" and her
"This year's nominees represent the best of our culture,"
Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials,
said in a statement.
The annual BET Awards began in 2001 to celebrate
African-American and other minorities in categories spanning
music, film and sports. The awards will be presented live on the
cable TV network BET, Black Entertainment Television, which is
part of Viacom Inc, on June 29 from the Nokia Theatre in Los
In the film category, Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Oprah
Winfrey as well as Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington and Academy
Award winner Lupita Nyong'o scored nods for top actress.
Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Academy Award winner Forest
Whitaker along with Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan
will compete for the best actor award.
Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, basketball players
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Blake Griffin and boxer Floyd
Mayweather Jr. earned nominations in the sports category.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Nick
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