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BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE “BET AWARDS” 2015

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CHRIS BROWN AND NICKI MINAJ LEAD WITH SIX NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY BEYONCÉ AND LIL WAYNE WITH FOUR

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SAM SMITH RECEIVES TWO NODS, AND NEWCOMER FKA TWIGS IS NOMINATED FOR

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST: UK

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“BET AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28 FROM NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE IN

LOS ANGELES, CA AT 8 P.M. ET

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#BETAWARDS

New York, NY (May 18, 2015) – BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced the nominations for the “BET Awards” 2015. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead with an impressive six nominations. Chris Brown is nominated for ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ two separate nods in the ‘Best Collaboration’ category, two nominations in the ‘Video of the Year’ category and the ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award.’ Nicki Minaj is nominated ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ two nominations for ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award’ and ‘Best Group’ as a member of Young Money. Beyoncé and Lil Wayne round it out with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for ‘Best Female R&B / Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Video Director of the Year,’ and the coveted ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award.’ Lil Wayne is nominated for ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award,’ and ‘Best Group’ as a member of Young Money. This year also marks a special milestone for the “BET Awards” as it celebrates its 15th anniversary live from the Nokia Theatre, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the “BET Awards” 2015 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

“This year’s nominees showcase a diverse group of talent that includes longstanding entertainers, breakout performers, and outstanding athletes,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “We congratulate all of the talent on their remarkable contributions to the world of entertainment and look forward to them joining us in celebrating 15 years of the BET Awards.”
The complete list of nominees for the “BET Awards”2015 are:

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

CIARA

JANELLE MONÁE

JHENÉ AIKO

K. MICHELLE

RIHANNA

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

AUGUST ALSINA

CHRIS BROWN

JOHN LEGEND

THE WEEKND

TREY SONGZ

USHER

BEST GROUP

A$AP MOB

JODECI

MIGOS

RAE SREMMURD

RICH GANG

YOUNG MONEY

BEST COLLABORATION

AUGUST ALSINA F/ NICKI MINAJ – NO LOVE (REMIX)

BIG SEAN F/ E-40 – IDFWU

CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA – LOYAL

CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS – NEW FLAME

COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)

MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

BIG SEAN

COMMON

DRAKE

J. COLE

KENDRICK LAMAR

WALE

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

AZEALIA BANKS

DEJ LOAF

IGGY AZALEA

NICKI MINAJ

TINK

TRINA

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BEYONCÉ – 7/11

BIG SEAN F/ E-40 – IDFWU

CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA – LOYAL

CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS – NEW FLAME

COMMON & JOHN LEGEND – GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE “SELMA”)

NICKI MINAJ – ANACONDA

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

BEYONCÉ, ED BURKE & TODD TOURSO

CHRIS ROBINSON

FATIMA ROBINSON

HYPE WILLIAMS

BEST NEW ARTIST

BOBBY SHMURDA

DEJ LOAF

FETTY WAP

RAE SREMMURD

SAM SMITH

TINASHE

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST

DEITRICK HADDON

ERICA CAMPBELL

FRED HAMMOND

LECRAE

MALI MUSIC

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

BEST ACTRESS

GABRIELLE UNION

KERRY WASHINGTON

TARAJI P. HENSON

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

VIOLA DAVIS

BEST ACTOR

ANTHONY ANDERSON

IDRIS ELBA

JUSSIE SMOLLETT

KEVIN HART

TERRENCE HOWARD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

JACOB LATIMORE

JADEN SMITH

MO’NE DAVIS

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS

ZENDAYA

BEST MOVIE

ANNIE

BEYOND THE LIGHTS

SELMA

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

TOP FIVE

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

BRITTNEY GRINER

CANDACE PARKER

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS

VENUS WILLIAMS

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

CHRIS PAUL

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, JR.

LEBRON JAMES

MARSHAWN LYNCH

STEPHEN CURRY

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

BEYONCÉ – 7/11

DEJ LOAF – TRY ME

KENDRICK LAMAR – i

NICKI MINAJ F/ DRAKE, LIL WAYNE & CHRIS BROWN – ONLY

RAE SREMMURD F/ NICKI MINAJ & YOUNG THUG – THROW SUM MO

THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

CENTRIC AWARD

AVERY SUNSHINE – CALL MY NAME

JAZMINE SULLIVAN F/ MEEK MILL – DUMB

MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK

SAM SMITH F/ MARY J. BLIGE – STAY WITH ME

THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)

SARKODIE (GHANA)

SAUTI SOL (KENYA)

STONEBWOY (GHANA)

THE SOIL (SOUTH AFRICA)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: UK

FKA TWIGS

FUSE ODG

LETHAL BIZZLE

LITTLE SIMZ

MNEK

STORMZY

The “BET Awards” 2015 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network at 8:00pm GMT (check local listings).

Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. Live in Los Angeles from June 25-28, 2015. BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® can be found at BETExperience.com. The BET Experience VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a “BET Awards” ticket, great seats to 3-nights of concerts at the Staples Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to BET.com/BETX.Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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