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Mr Eazi, Wizkid, AKA, Issa Rae and More Nominated for 2017 BET Awards

Here are all the 2017 BET Awards nominees.

DIASPORA—The nominees for the 2017 BET Awards have been announced.


Beyoncé leads the pack this year wth seven total nominations—no real surprise there. This year's international nominees, however, include some of our favorite newcomers from the continent.

Stormzy and Skepta are both nominated for "Best International Act: Europe." Both have won the award before, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Insecure'Issa Rae is nominated for "Best Actress."

The "Best International Act: Africa," category features an exciting group of artists from the continent. Wizkid, who took home the award back in 2012 is nominated for the third time. Davido the 2014 winner, also earned a nomination. South African rapper, AKA, who's been nominated twice before, is competing for the award again this year. Mr Eazi, TeknoBabes Wodumo, Stonebwoy and Nasty C are all nominated for the first time.

Tune in on Sunday, June 25 to see which of these African acts take home awards, and see the full list of 2017 BET Awards nominees below.

Best International Act: Africa

AKA (South Africa)

BABES WODUMO (South Africa)

DAVIDO (Nigeria)

NASTY C (South Africa)

STONEBWOY (Ghana)

TEKNO (Nigeria)

WIZKID (Nigeria)

MR EAZI (Nigeria)

Best International Act: Europe

BOOBA (France)

MHD (France)

CRAIG DAVID (UK)

EMELI SANDE (UK)

GIGGS (UK)

SKEPTA (UK)

STORMZY (UK)

WILEY (UK)

Best Actress

GABRIELLE UNION

ISSA RAE

JANELLE MONÁE

TARAJI P. HENSON

VIOLA DAVIS

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ

KEHLANI

MARY J. BLIGE

RIHANNA

SOLANGE

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

BRUNO MARS

CHRIS BROWN

THE WEEKND

TREY SONGZ

USHER

Best Group

2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

FAT JOE & REMY MA

MIGOS

RAE SREMMURD

Best Collaboration

BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR - FREEDOM

CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE - NO PROBLEM

CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER - PARTY

DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z - SHINING

MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE

RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

BIG SEAN

CHANCE THE RAPPER

DRAKE

FUTURE

J. COLE

KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

CARDI B

MISSY ELLIOTT

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

YOUNG M.A.

Video of the Year

BEYONCÉ - SORRY

BIG SEAN - BOUNCE BACK

BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC

MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE

SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”

BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”

DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”

HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”

KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”

Best New Artist

21 SAVAGE

CARDI B

CHANCE THE RAPPER

KHALID

YOUNG M.A.

Album of the Year

24K MAGIC - BRUNO MARS

4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY - J. COLE

A SEAT AT THE TABLE - SOLANGE

COLORING BOOK - CHANCE THE RAPPER

LEMONADE - BEYONCÉ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE

FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT

KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU

LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)

TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

Best Actor

BRYSHERE Y. GRAY

DENZEL WASHINGTON

DONALD GLOVER

MAHERSHALA ALI

OMARI HARDWICK

Young Stars Award

ACE HUNTER

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

JADEN SMITH

MARSAI MARTIN

YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie

FENCES

GET OUT!

HIDDEN FIGURES

MOONLIGHT

THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Sportswoman of the Year Award

GABBY DOUGLAS

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

SKYLAR DIGGINS

VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year Award

CAM NEWTON

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

STEPHEN CURRY

Centric Award

FANTASIA - SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE

KEHLANI - DISTRACTION

MARY J. BLIGE - THICK OF IT

SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

SYD - ALL ABOUT ME

YUNA - CRUSH FT. USHER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

BEYONCÉ - SORRY

BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC

DRAKE - FAKE LOVE

MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE

RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES

THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

 

 

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