Words: Milly Lupton

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the BET Awards: a place for musical heroes to unite for an evening of top tier performances, maybe a bit of drama, and usually some pretty moving speeches.

This year, however, much like everything else at the moment, the award ceremony will take place virtually. Read on for how to tune in from the UK, who's ranked up the most nominations and special appearances for the evening.

A press release for the event states that the evening will see “an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content”, “allowing the audience to join in a celebration of black love, joy, pride, and power with an all-star lineup taking to TV’s biggest stage.”

Here’s what to expect:

Amada Seales will be the evening’s host, with legendary performances expected from Alicia Keys, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker, SiR, Usher, John Legend, Nas, Public Enemy, Questlove, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, Chloe x Halle, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Hudson.

PLUS special appearances from Viola Davis, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Billy Porter, Lizzo, Lena Waithe, Michael B Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Quincy Jones, Regina Hall, Samuel L Jackson, Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, La La Anthony, Courtney B Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sterling K Brown, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Rapsody, and Saweetie. Tributes to Kobe Bryant and Little Richard

Is that the longest list of celebs you’ve ever read? I think so.

The official ceremony will take place in the US on Sunday 28th June, but you can watch in the UK on Monday 29 June at 9pm on BET (Sky 195, Virgin 184, Freesat 140).

Drake, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Richh are the acts with the most nominations this year, maybe all thanks to Tik Tok, maybe not.

Check the full list of nominations below:

Beyoncé will receive the BET Humanitarian Award

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

Chris Brown ft Drake – "No Guidance"

DJ Khaled ft Nipsey Hussle and John Legend – "Higher"

Future ft Drake – "Life is Good"

HER ft YG – "Slide"

Megan Thee Stallon ft Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign – "Hot Girl Summer"

Wale ft Jeremih – "On Chill"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist




Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Doja Cat


Meghan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj


Video of the Year

Chris Brown ft Drake – "No Guidance"

DaBaby – "Pop"

DJ Khaled ft Nipsey Hussle and John Legend – "Higher"

Doja Cat – "Say So"

Megan Thee Stallion ft Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign – "Hot Girl Summer"

Roddy Ricch – "The Box”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Cole Bennett

Dave Meyers

Director X

Eif Rivera

Teyana "Spike Lee" 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 – HER

KIRK – DaBaby

Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial – Roddy Ricch

Dr Bobby Jones Best Gospel/International Award

Fred Hammond – "Alright"

John P Kee ft Zacardi Cortez – "I Made It Out"

Kanye West – "Follow God"

Kirk Franklin – "Just For Me"

PJ Morton ft Le'Andria Johnson and Mary Mary – "All In His Plan"

The Clark Sisters – "Victory"

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

BET Her Award

Alicia Keys – "Underdog"

Beyoncé ft Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & SAINt JHN – "Brown Skin Girl"

Ciara ft Lupita Nyong'o, Ester Dean, City Girls, La La – "Melanin"

Layton Greene – "I Choose"

Lizzo ft Missy Elliott – "Tempo"

Afeni ft PJ Morton – “Rapsody"

Viewer's Choice Award

Chris Brown ft Drake – "No Guidance"

DaBaby – "Bop"

Future ft Drake – "Life Is Good"

Megan Thee Stallion ft Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign – "Hot Girl Summer"

Roddy Ricch – "The Box"

The Weeknd – “Heartless”

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Innoss'B (DRC)

Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Dave (UK)

Stormzy (UK)

Ninho (France)

S Pri Noir (France)

Viewers' Choice: Best New International Act

Rema (Nigeria)

Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Celeste (UK)

Young T & Bugsey (UK)

Hatik (France)

Stacy (France)

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