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BET Award Nominations 2016: Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Viola Davis, & More Receive Nods

BET Award Nominations 2016: Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Viola Davis, & More Receive Nods

Summer is a time for big-budget blockbusters, more compelling television, and long days out in the sun, but it’s also a time for the annual BET Awards. Last night, this year’s nominations were announced and the results are fairly compelling. The Best Actor category features Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Anthony Anderson, and Courtney Vance; the Best Actress category features Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Taraji P. Henson. Meanwhile, the Best Movie nominations include Cary Fukunaga’s “Beast of No Nation,” about a young boy who becomes a child solider, “Concussion,” starring Will Smith as a Nigerian forensic pathologist who fights against the the NFL’s efforts to suppress his CTE research, “Creed,” the seventh film in the “Rocky” franchise about Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), “Dope,” a Sundance teen crime drama, and finally “Straight Outta Compton,” the N.W.A. biopic.

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Other nominations of note include the Youngstars Award that highlights child actors; they include Willow Smith, who released her first album “Ardipithecus” last year, Quvenzhané Wallis and Amandla Stenberg, both of whom appeared in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” video, Yara Shahidi, a cast member on the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” and Silentó, the rapper behind the hit song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

The full list of nominations is below. The ceremony will air live at 8 pm ET on Sunday, June 26, from the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

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
K. 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
J. 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”
K. 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

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