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2020 BET Awards: How to Watch, Nominations, Performers, and More

Lil Nas X, Beyoncé, H.E.R., Lizzo, Drake, and more are up for this year's honors

Amanda Bell

The BET Awards are turning 20 this year. The annual awards show, which celebrates Black artists, entertainers, and athletes, will mark the milestone with a virtual ceremony hosted by Insecure star Amanda Seales. The 2020 BET Awards air on Sunday, June 28 at 8/7c. 

This year, Drake leads the pack with six nominations, including nods for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year, and double nominations for Best Collaboration and Viewer's Choice. Also heavily nominated are Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch, who each boast five nominations, while Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby scored four nominations each. The night will also feature several megastar performers and big appearances. Find out everything you need to know about this year's BET Awards right here.

How do I watch the 2020 BET Awards?

The 2020 BET Awards awards will air live on BET, BET Her, and CBS on Sunday, June 28 at 8/7c. Internationally, the show will be simulcast on BET Africa on Monday, June 29 at 2 a.m. CAT, with international broadcasts following in the U.K. on June 29 at 9 a.m. BST, France on June 30 at 9:45 p.m. CEST, and South Korea on June 30 at 9 p.m. KST. 

Who is performing? 

The awards show will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Black ThoughtChloe x Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jay Rock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra SheardLil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Questlove, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, Wayne Brady, and YG. The BET Awards will also honor Kobe Bryant with a tribute by Lil Wayne, and Wayne Brady will honor Little Richard.

BET also announced that several VIPs will make appearances at the event, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, and Whoopi Goldberg

Who are this year's nominees?

Beyoncé will be honored with this year's Humanitarian Award for her work establishing "Formation Scholars" and the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, among other philanthropic endeavors. The BET Awards will also honor Nicholas Johnson, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and D-Nice as the 2020 Shine A Light Honorees in recognition of their resilience and creativity in the face of adversity. Meanwhile French anti-racist activist Assa Traoré has been selected as the 2020 BET International Global Good recipient, recognizing worldwide celebrities and public figures who use their platforms for social responsibility and commitment to the welfare of the global Black community. 

Check out the rest of this year's nominations below.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group
Chloe x Halle
City Girls

Best Collaboration
"No Guidance," Chris Brown ft. Drake
"Higher," DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
"Life Is Good," Future ft. Drake
"Slide," H.E.R. ft. YG
"Hot Girl Summer," Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
 "On Chill," Wale ft. Jeremih

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
"No Guidance," Chris Brown ft. Drake
"Bop," DaBaby
"Higher," DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
"Say So," Doja Cat
"Hot Girl Summer," Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
"The Box," Roddy Ricch

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana "Spike Tee" Taylor

Best New Artist
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

Album of the Year
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Fever, Megan Thee Stallion
Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyoncé
I Used to Know Her, H.E.R.
Kirk, DaBaby
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
"Alright," Fred Hammond
"I Made it Out," John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez
"Follow God," Kanye West
"Just for Me," Kirk Franklin
"All in His Plan," PJ Morton ft. Le'Andria Johnson and Mary Mary
"Victory," The Clark Sisters

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor 
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan
Omari Hardwick

YoungStars Award
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di'Allo Winston
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

Best Movie
Bad Boys for Life
Dolemite Is My Name
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Just Mercy
Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of the Year
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

"Underdog," Alicia Keys 
"Brown Skin Girl," Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint Jhn 
"Melanin," Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong'o, Ester Dean, City Girls, and La La 
"I Choose," Layton Greene
"Tempo," Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott
"Afeni," Rapsody ft. PJ Morton

Viewer's Choice Award
"No Guidance," Chris Brown ft. Drake
"Bop," DaBaby
"Life Is Good," Future ft. Drake
"Hot Girl Summer," Meghan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj
"The Box," Roddy Ricch
"Heartless," The Weeknd

Best International Act
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Innoss'B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act
Rema (Nigeria)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)

The 2020 BET Awards will air Sunday, June 28 at 8/7c on BET, BET Her, and CBS.

Lil Nas X, Beyonce, and H.E.R.

  Lil Nas X, Beyonce, and H.E.R.

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