Drake leads heavy hitters for BET awards

June 29, 2020
Drake at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Drake at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys


BET will celebrate its 40th year as a network, as well as it 20th awards show, on Sunday -- but the event will go on virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. All-stars like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots, Public Enemy and Usher will also perform.

The show is an annual celebration of Black entertainment and culture, and this year's ceremony will be the first major awards show since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which sparked global protests aimed at reforming police actions and removing statues and symbols considered racist from public places.

Comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which will air on CBS for the first time. The show will also air on BET and BET HER at 8 p.m. EDT.

Drake is the leading nominee: he's up for six honours, including Video of the Year and Best Male Hip-Hop Artiste. For both Best Collaboration and the Viewer's Choice Award, Drake is nominated twice, thanks to the hits No Guidance with Chris Brown and Life Is Good with Future.

Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion follow Drake with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion, who recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her Beyonce-assisted Savage remix, is nominated for Video of the Year, Best Female Hip-Hop Artiste, Best Collaboration, the Viewer's Choice Award and Album of the Year for Fever.

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