BET Awards 2023 nominations announced; Drake takes the lead with 7 nods

The nominees for this year’s BET Awards were announced Thursday.

Drake led the nominations with seven nods, including best male hip hop artist, album of the year and best male R&B/pop artist.

Nominations were selected by the BET Voting Academy, comprised of an esteemed group of entertainment professionals and influencers in the fields of music, media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

The BET Awards 2023 will air live on BET on Sunday, June 25 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

The following is a full list of nominees.

Album of the Year

“Anyways, Life’s Great” – GloRilla
“Breezy” – Chris Brown
“God Did” – DJ Khaled
“Her Loss” – Drake & 21 Savage
“Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”- Kendrick Lamar
“Renaissance” – Beyoncé
“SOS” – Sza

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Ari Lennox
Coco Jones

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Brent Faiyaz
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group

City Girls
Drake & 21 Savage
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
Quavo & Takeoff

Best Collaboration

“Big Energy” (remix) – Latto & Mariah Carey feat. DJ Khaled
“Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2” – Pinkpantheress & Ice Spice
“Call Me Every Day” – Chris Brown feat. Wizkid
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”- King Combs feat. Kodak Black
“Creepin’” – Metro Boomin, The Weeknd & 21 Savage
“F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” – Hitkidd & GloRilla
“Tomorrow 2” – GloRilla & Cardi B
“Wait For U” – Future feat. Drake & Tems

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Ice Spice
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

21 Savage
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Baby

Video of the Year

“We (Warm Embrace)” – Chris Brown
2 Million Up” – Peezy, Jeezy & Real Boston Richey feat. Rob49
“About Damn Time” – Lizzo
“Bad Habit” – Steve Lacy
“First Class” – Jack Harlow
“Kill Bill” – Sza
“Tomorrow 2” – GloRilla & Cardi B

Video Director of the Year

A$ap Rocky for Awge
Benny Boom
Burna Boy
Cole Bennett
Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor

Best New Artist

Coco Jones
Ice Spice
Lola Brooke

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

“Bless Me” – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
“Finished (Live)” – Tamela Mann
“I’ve Got Joy” – Cece Winans
“Kingdom” – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin feat. Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore
“New” – Tye Tribbett
“One Moment From Glory” – Yolanda Adams
“The Better Benediction (Pt.2)” – PJ Morton feat. Lisa Knowles-Smith, Le’Andria Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard & Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Viewer’s Choice Award

“About Damn Time” – Lizzo
“Break My Soul” – Beyoncé
“First Class” – Jack Harlow
“Jimmy Cooks” – Drake feat. 21 Savage
“Kill Bill” – Sza
“Last Last” – Burna Boy
“Super Freaky Girl” – Nicki Minaj
“Wait For U” – Future feat. Drake & Tems

Best International Act

Aya Nakamura (France)
Ayra Starr (Nigeria)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Central Cee (UK)
Ella Mai (UK)
K.O (South Africa)
L7nnon (Brazil)
Stormzy (UK)
Tiakola (France)
Uncle Waffles (Swaziland)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Asake (Nigeria)
Camidoh (Ghana)
Flo (UK)
Libianca (Cameroon)
Maureen (France)
MC Ryan SP (Brazil)
Pabi Cooper (South Africa)
Raye (UK)
Werenoi (France)


“About Damn Time” – Lizzo
“Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2” – Pinkpantheress & Ice Spice
“Break My Soul” – Beyoncé
“Her” – Megan Thee Stallion
“Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – Rihanna & Ludwig Göransson
“Players” – Coi Leray
“Special” – Lizzo

Best Movie

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Creed 3”
“The Woman King”
“Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody”

Best Actor

Amin Joseph
Brian Tyree Henry
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya
Demetrius ‘Lil Meech’ Flenory Jr.
Donald Glover
Michael B. Jordan

Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Coco Jones
Janelle James
Janelle Monáe
Keke Palmer
Viola Davis

YoungStars Award

Akira Akbar
Alaya High
Demi Singleton
Genesis Denise
Marsai Martin
Thaddeus J. Mixson
Young Dylan

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Alexis Morris
Allyson Felix
Angel Reese
Candace Parker
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Sha’Carri Richardson

Sportsman of the Year Award

Aaron Judge
Bubba Wallace
Gervonta Davis
Jalen Hurts
LeBron James
Patrick Mahomes
Stephen Curry

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