With six nominations, Doja Cat enters the competition in first place. For her No. 1 hit “Planet Her,” the top-charting performer is nominated for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the year, and BET Her for “Woman.” She and SZA are nominated for best collaboration and video of the year for their song “Kiss Me More.”
The program will be hosted by Taraji P. Henson from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award one of the highest honors at the ceremony. The music mogul is the founder of Bad Boy Records, has his own television network, fashion line and is a three-time Grammy winner who has worked with a slew of top-tier artists including Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.
Drake and Ari Lennox are the second-most nominated acts, scoring four nods each. Three nominations went to several others including Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chloe Bailey, Future, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige and Tems.
Performers include Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Ella Mai, Roddy Ricch, Lizzo and Kirk Franklin.
The winners in the 19 categories, including film and sports awards, will be selected by BET’s Voting Academy, comprised of entertainment professionals and fans.