The annual BET Awards, now in their 17th year, “recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories,” according to the network. Most honors are given out for music, and as such, Beyonce is this year’s top nominee. The superstar, who will not be in attendance due to the recent birth of her twins, scored seven nominations.

That includes Album of the Year for Lemonade, a category that also features records from sister Solange, J.Cole, Bruno Mars and this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient, Chance The Rapper.

Mars is the second-most nominated star of the night, with nods for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, Video Director of the Year and the fan-voted Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.

Awards will also be handed out for acting, and Moonlight could score another Best Movie win months after getting the top prize at the Academy Awards. And less than two weeks after winning the NBA championship, Steph Curry could be named Sportsman of the Year. Other nominees across the 21 categories include Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Denzel Washington, Donald Glover, Serena Williams and LeBron James.

Who will win the hardware? Gossip Cop will be updating the winners list live as each award is announced, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Album Of The Year

Beyonce, Lemonade

Video Of The Year

Tie: Beyonce, “Sorry” and Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyonce, “Sorry”

Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Remy Ma

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Kendrick Lamar

Best Group


Best Collaboration

Chance The Rapper, feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, “No Problem”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Lecrae, “Can’t Stop Me Now”

Centric Award

Solange, “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director Of The Year

Kahlil Joseph and Beyonce, “Sorry”

Best Actress

Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor

Mahershala Ali

YoungStars Award

Yara Shahidi

Best Movie

Hidden Figures

Sportswoman Of The Year

Serena Williams

Sportsman Of The Year

Steph Curry

Best International Act: Africa


Best International Act: Europe


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