8 year old Blue Ivy Carter earns first BET Awards nomination (from the BET website)

By Gail Mitchell, Billboard | Drake, with six nominations, and newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch, tied with five nominations each, are among the top nominees for the 2020 BET Awards.

Also, in celebration of the award ceremony’s 20th anniversary and BET’s 40th anniversary, the BET Awards will simulcast live (8 p.m. ET) across ViacomCBS networks, including BET and BET HER, and make its national broadcast premiere on CBS on June 28 (8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET/PT).

Drake’s six nominations include best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year and two nods for both Best Collaboration and Viewer’s Choice, for his features with Chris Brown (“No Guidance”) and Future (“Life Is Good”).

In addition to Viewer’s Choice, Megan Thee Stallion’s five nods include Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Album of the Year and Video of the Year. Ricch is also a contender in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Viewer’s Choice categories as well as Best New Artist.

The latter category finds Ricch vying against DaniLeigh, Lil Nas X, Pop Smoke, Summer Walker and YBN Cordae.

Rounding out the top nominees slate with four nods each are Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo and DaBaby.

All told, the BET Awards recognizes achievements in music, television, film and sports across 21 categories.

This year’s Humanitarian and Lifetime Achievement honorees will be announced soon as will the show’s host and talent participants.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, BET announced on May 20 that it would move forward with airing the BET Awards on June 28. The company’s release stated in part, “Using an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content, the show will continue, allowing the audience to join in a celebration of black love, joy, pride and power with an all-star lineup.”

The BET Experience — the annual three-day lifestyle event leading up to the awards show — will return in 2021.

Connie Orlando, BET’s executive vp of specials, music programming & music strategy, and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, are executive producers for the 2020 BET Awards. For the latest news and updates, visit BET.com/Awards.

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[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]

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