NEW YORK — 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 stay 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 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 eventually yr’s BET Awards — the primary awards present to air throughout 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 cops, together with George Floyd.
This yr’s present will permit those that are vaccinated to register to be a part of the stay viewers. The community stated it’s working intently with Los Angeles County to stick to COVID-19 protocols.
Whereas press on the awards present shall be restricted, BET does plan to have a pink carpet forward of the stay occasion.
“We’re again and excited to convey tradition’s largest night time … safely again to Los Angeles to have a good time this yr’s unimaginable roster of nominees,” Connie Orlando, BET’s government vp of specials, music programming and music technique, stated in an announcement Thursday. “We broke floor as one of many first official award exhibits to maneuver ahead throughout the world pandemic and we’re able to take our pioneer standing to the subsequent degree with the return of an viewers to have a good time one of the best and brightest artistic minds within the leisure business.”
Different nominees on the present embody 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 contains J. Cole, Drake, Lil Child, DaBaby and Jack Harlow.
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 distinction 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, embody 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’s nominated for finest actor together with current 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.
Greatest film nominees are “Coming 2 America,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” “The USA vs. Billie Vacation,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Soul” and “One Evening in Miami.”