2021 BET Awards Nominations Announced

2021 BET Awards Nominations Announced


The 2021 BET Awards nominations are in. Chris Brown and Chloe x Halle picked up four nominations each, including Best Group and Video of the Year. 

Silk Sonic, the exciting new duo comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, comes in second place with three nominations. Outside of their moniker, both superstars earned one nomination apiece. 

Jazmine Sullivan is vying for two awards, including Album of the Year (Heaux Tales) and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. The Weeknd is in the same boat, earning a nod in the former category for After Hours and another for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. 

First-time nominees include Brandy, Tank and GivÄ“on. The R&B General previously earned a nod for Best Group (TGT) in 2014, but this marks his first solo nod. 

While last year’s BET Awards did not include a live audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony will house vaccinated individuals — who can register now — inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

“We are back and excited to bring culture’s biggest night, the 2021 ‘BET Awards,’ safely back to Los Angeles to celebrate this year’s incredible roster of nominees. We broke ground as one of the first official award shows to move forward during the global pandemic and we are ready to take our pioneer status to the next level with the return of an audience to celebrate the best and brightest creative minds in the entertainment industry,” shared Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy in an official statement. 

The 2021 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 27, at 8 p.m. EST. It also can be viewed internationally on BET Africa, BET Africa, MTV Brazil, MTV UK, and BET France. UK viewers can catch the ceremony on My5 and Sky On-Demand starting June 29. 

Below are the nominations. 

Album of the Year

The Weeknd — After Hours
DaBaby — Blame It on Baby
Megan Thee Stallion — Good News
Jazmine Sullivan — Heaux Tales
Nas — King’s Disease
Chloe X Halle — Ungodly Hour

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Jazmine Sullivan
Jhene Aiko
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best New Artist

Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Jack Harlow
Pooh Shiesty

Best Group

21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe x Halle
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Silk Sonic

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Bebe Winans — “In Jesus Name”
Cece Winans — ”Never Lost”
H.E.R. — “Hold Us Together”
Kirk Franklin — “Strong God”
Marvin Sapp — ”Thank You For It All”
Tamela Mann — ”Touch From You”

BET Her Award

Alicia Keys — “So Done” featuring Khalid
Brandy — “Baby Mama” featuring Chance The Rapper
Bri Steves — ”Anti Queen”
Chloe x Halle — ”Baby Girl”
Ciara — “Rooted” featuring Ester Dean
SZA — “Good Days”

Viewer’s Choice Award

Cardi B — “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Chris Brown & Young Thug — “Go Crazy”
DaBaby — “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch
DJ Khaled — “Popstar” featuring Drake
Drake — “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk
Lil Baby — “The Bigger Picture”
Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage (Remix)” featuring Beyoncé
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”

Video of the Year

Cardi B — “Up”
Cardi B — “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Chloe x Halle — “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug — ”Go Crazy”
Drake — “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”

Video Director Of The Year

Benny Boom
Bruno Mars and Florent Déchard
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams

Best Movie

Coming 2 America
Judas and The Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night In Miami…
The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actress

Andra Day
Angela Bassett
Issa Rae
Jurnee Smollett
Viola Davis

See the full list of nominations here