2016 BET Awards Nominations Announced

Straight Outta Compton


The nominations for the annual BET Awards were announced earlier today, and the list features some of Hollywood’s biggest names in entertainment.

The awards, which were created in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, honor African Americans and other minorities in sports, music, film and other parts of the entertainment industry. In film and television, this year’s Best Actress nominees include: Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Viola Davis. On the Best Actor side, Anthony Anderson, Courtney B. Vance, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and O’Shea Jackson Jr. were all nominated.

Meanwhile, “Creed,” “Dope,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion” and “Beasts of No Nation” were all nominated for Best Movie.

The full list of nominees can be viewed below. The BET Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, June 26 on BET.

Best Actress

  • Gabrielle Union
  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Viola Davis

Best Actor

  • Anthony Anderson
  • Courtney B. Vance
  • Idris Elba
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Youngstars Award

  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Silentó
  • Willow Smith
  • Yara Shahidi

Best Movie

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Concussion
  • Creed
  • Dope
  • Straight Outta Compton

Video of the Year

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Video Director of the Year

  • Benny Boom
  • Chris Brown
  • Colin Tilley & the Little Homies
  • Director X
  • Hype Williams

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Adele
  • Andra Day
  • Beyoncé
  • Michelle
  • Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Bryson Tiller
  • Chris Brown
  • Jeremih
  • The Weeknd
  • Tyrese

Best Group

  • 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
  • Drake & Future
  • Puff Daddy & The Family
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • The Internet

Best Collaboration

  • Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign – “Play No Games”
  • Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
  • Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At”
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
  • Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Future
  • Cole
  • Kanye West
  • Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • Dej Loaf
  • Lil Kim
  • Missy Elliott
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Remy Ma

Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Andra Day
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Kehlani
  • Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

  • Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
  • Erica Campbell
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Lecrae
  • Tamela Mann
  • Tasha Cobbs

Sportswoman of the Year

  • Cheyenne Woods
  • Gabrielle Douglas
  • Serena Williams
  • Skylar Diggins
  • Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

  • Cam Newton
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lebron James
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
  • Chris Brown – “Back to Sleep”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At”
  • Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Centric Award

  • Andra Day – “Rise Up”
  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Michelle – “Not a Little Bit”
  • Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
  • The Internet – “Under Control”

Best International Act Africa

  • Aka (South Africa)
  • Black Coffee (South Africa)
  • Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
  • Mzvee (Ghana)
  • Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire)
  • Wizkid (Nigeria)
  • Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act U.K.

  • Kano
  • Krept & Konan
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Skepta
  • Stormzy
  • Tinie Tempah

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.


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Even the BET Awards snubbed Will Smith?….



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