HOLLYWOOD—Well he had one of the biggest hits in 2015 with “Hotline Bling” and its apparent that Drake is the guy to beat. The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards were unveiled on Friday and leading the pack of all contenders was Drake. The rapper leads all contenders with a total of 9 nominations including two nominations in the Video of the Year category for “Hotline Bling” and his collaboration with Rihanna for “Work.”

Speaking of Rihanna, the pop singer picked up five nominations, as did Beyonce. A host for the event has not yet been announced.  A list of this year’s nominees can be seen below:

Video of the Year

-Beyonce “Formation”

-Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

-Kendrick Lamar “Alright”

-Rihanna feat. Drake “Work”

-Drake “Hotline Bling”

Video Director of the Year

-Benny Boom

-Chris Brown

-Colin Tilley & The Little Homies

-Hype Williams

-Director X

Best New Artist

-Andra Day

-Alessia Cara


-Tory Lanez

-Bryson Tiller

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


-Andra Day



-K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

-Bryson Tiller

-Chris Brown


-The Weeknd


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 Minja feat. Beyonce “Feeling Myself”

-Rihanna feat. Drake “Work”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


-Kendrick Lamar

-Fetty Wap


-Kanye West

-J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

-Dej Loaf

-Missy Elliott

-Nicki Minaj

-Lil Kim

-Remy Ma

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

-Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

-Kirk Franklin


-Erica Campbell

-Tamela Mann

-Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress

-Kerry Washington

-Viola Davis

-Gabrielle Union

-Taraji P. Henson

-Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor

-Idris Elba

-Michael B. Jordan

-Courtney B. Vance

-Anthony Anderson

-O’Shea Jackson Jr.

YoungStars Award

-Amandla Stenberg


-Quvenzhane Wallis

-Yara Shahidi

-Willow Smith

Best Movie

-“Straight Outta Compton”

-“Beasts of No Nation”




Sportswoman of the Year

-Gabrielle Douglas

-Serena Williams

-Venus Williams

-Skylar Diggins

-Cheyenne Woods

Sportsman of the Year

-Stephen Curry

-Kobe Bryant

-Cam Newton

-Odell Beckham Jr.

-LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

-Beyonce “Formation”

-Chris Brown “Back to Sleep”

-Drake “Hotline Bling”

-Rihanna feat. Drake “Work”

-Future feat. Drake “Where Ya At”

-Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

Centric Award

-Beyonce “Formation”

-Andra Day “Rise Up”

-Rihanna “BBHMM”

-K. Michelle “Not a Little Bit”

-The Internet “Under Control”

The 2016 awards will be held on Sunday, June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on BET at 8 p.m. EST.