Official Nominations for The 2019 BET Awards

2019 BET Awards Nominees

At press conferences in both Johannesburg and Lagos, BET in Africa - part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio announced the local nominations for the BET Awards 2019 taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on 23 June and premiering live across the continent on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Monday 24 June at 02:00 CAT and 20:00 CAT. The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. The nominees announced in the Best International Act Award category from South Africa are Hip Hop rapper AKA alongside Nigerian musicians Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi. Also included in the category are Dave and Giggs from the UK with Aya Nakamura and Dosseh from France. In the fan voted category of Best New International ActSho Madjozi from South Africa is nominated together with Teniola Apata from Nigeria, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France's Jokair and Nesly.

Burna Boy | Nigeria (Photograph: The FADER)

Burna Boy | Nigeria (Photograph: The FADER)

"The BET Awards are a powerful platform for celebrating and elevating Black excellence from around the world," said Alex Okosi (Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International). "We look forward to honoring this year's Best International Act and Best New International Act during the BET Awards main and surround programming that will broadcast to a global audience." The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have gone on to trail blaze Africa's culture proudly and become recognizable worldwide for their talent. From Nigeria's 2face and D'banj in 2011; Ghana's Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015; South Africa's Black Coffee in 2016 and respectively Wizkid in 2017. Last year for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa's Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act Award at the live red carpet show.

Sho Madjozi | South Africa

Sho Madjozi | South Africa

The 2019 BET Awards will be broadcast in partnership with Russian Bear and My Muze by Vodacom on Monday, 24 June 2019 - starting with a pre-show at 00:00 CAT, followed by the main awards show at 02:00 CAT. The awards wil conclude with a post-show immediately after. Fans will be able to cast their vote for their favorite Best New International Act nominees beginning today through the official BET website as well as through both Twitter and Instagram using each artist's designated hashtag.

AKA | South Africa (Photograph: Sivuyile ‘Veg’ Matsiliza

AKA | South Africa (Photograph: Sivuyile ‘Veg’ Matsiliza

The complete list of nominees for the 2019 BET AWARDS are:

Best International Act

  • AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

  • AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

  • BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

  • DAVE (UK)

  • DOSSEH (FRANCE)

  • GIGGS (UK)

  • MR. EAZI (NIGERIA)

  • Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

  • HEADIE ONE (UK)

  • JOKAIR (FRANCE)

  • NESLY (FRANCE)

  • OCTAVIAN (UK)

  • SHO MADJODZI (SOUTH AFRICA)

  • TENIOLA APATA (NIGERIA)

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • BEYONCÉ

  • ELLA MAI

  • H.E.R.

  • SOLANGE

  • SZA

  • TEYANA TAYLOR

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • ANDERSON .PAAK

  • BRUNO MARS

  • CHILDISH GAMBINO

  • CHRIS BROWN

  • JOHN LEGEND

  • KHALID

Best Group

  • CHLOE X HALLE

  • CITY GIRLS

  • LIL BABY & GUNNA

  • MIGOS

  • THE CARTERS

Best Collaboration

  • 21 SAVAGE FT. J. COLE - A LOT

  • CARDI B & BRUNO MARS - PLEASE ME

  • CARDI B FT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN - I LIKE IT

  • H.E.R. FT. BRYSON TILLER - COULD'VE BEEN

  • TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE - SICKO MODE

  • TYGA FT. OFFSET - TASTE

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • 21 SAVAGE

  • DRAKE

  • J. COLE

  • MEEK MILL

  • NIPSEY HUSSLE

  • TRAVIS SCOTT

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • CARDI B

  • KASH DOLL

  • LIZZO

  • MEGAN THEE STALLION

  • NICKI MINAJ

  • REMY MA

Video of the Year

  • 21 SAVAGE - A LOT FT. J. COLE

  • CARDI B - MONEY

  • CARDI B & BRUNO MARS - PLEASE ME

  • CHILDISH GAMBINO - THIS IS AMERICA

  • DRAKE - NICE FOR WHAT

  • THE CARTERS - APES**T

Video Director of the Year

  • BENNY BOOM

  • COLIN TILLEY

  • DAVE MEYERS

  • HYPE WILLIAMS

  • KARENA EVANS

Best New Artist

  • BLUEFACE

  • CITY GIRLS

  • JUICE WRLD

  • LIL BABY

  • QUEEN NAIJA

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

  • ERICA CAMPBELL FT. WARRYN CAMPBELL - ALL OF MY LIFE

  • FRED HAMMOND - TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS

  • KIRK FRANKLIN - LOVE THEORY

  • SNOOP DOGG FT. RANCE ALLEN - BLESSING ME AGAIN

  • TORI KELLY FT. KIRK FRANKLIN - NEVER ALONE

Best Actress

  • ISSA RAE

  • REGINA HALL

  • REGINA KING

  • TARAJI P. HENSON

  • TIFFANY HADDISH

  • VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor

  • ANTHONY ANDERSON

  • CHADWICK BOSEMAN

  • DENZEL WASHINGTON

  • MAHERSHALA ALI

  • MICHAEL B. JORDAN

  • OMARI HARDWICK

Young Stars Award

  • CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

  • LYRIC ROSS

  • MARSAI MARTIN

  • MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

  • MILES BROWN

Best Movie

  • BLACKKKLANSMAN

  • CREED 2

  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

  • THE HATE U GIVE

Sportswoman of the Year

  • ALLYSON FELIX

  • CANDACE PARKER

  • NAOMI OSAKA

  • SERENA WILLIAMS

  • SIMONE BILES

Sportsman of the Year

  • KEVIN DURANT

  • LEBRON JAMES

  • ODELL BECKHAM JR.

  • STEPHEN CURRY

  • TIGER WOODS

Album of the Year

  • ASTROWORLD - TRAVIS SCOTT

  • CHAMPIONSHIPS - MEEK MILL

  • ELLA MAI - ELLA MAI

  • EVERYTHING IS LOVE - THE CARTERS

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY - CARDI B

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award

  • CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN - I LIKE IT

  • CHILDISH GAMBINO - THIS IS AMERICA

  • DRAKE - IN MY FEELINGS

  • ELLA MAI - TRIP

  • J. COLE - MIDDLE CHILD

  • TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE - SICKO MODE

BET Her Award

  • ALICIA KEYS - RAISE A MAN

  • CIARA - LEVEL UP

  • H.E.R. - HARD PLACE

  • JANELLE MONÁE - PYNK

  • QUEEN NAIJA - MAMA'S HAND

  • TEYANA TAYLOR - ROSE IN HARLEM