2020 American Music Awards: Roddy Ricch and The Weeknd are the top nominees

October 26, 2020

The following is a press release from Dick Clark Productions and ABC:

Pop singer and American Music Award nominee Dua Lipa today announced the “2020 American Music Awards” (AMAs) nominees in three categories LIVE on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” followed by additional nominees announced via the AMAs Twitter account. Lipa also revealed that she will perform on next month’s show. The “2020 American Music Awards,” music’s hottest night of the year, will feature marquee performances and signature breathtaking moments, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, on ABC.

Two-time AMA winner The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch snagged eight American Music Award nominations each, the most of any nominee, both earning a nomination for the night’s most coveted award, Artist of the Year. First-time nominee Megan Thee Stallion earned five nominations, becoming the most nominated female artist this year, including nods in the New Artist of the Year and Collaboration of the Year categories. And in a six-way tie, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and first-time nominees Da Baby and Doja Cat all earned four nominations each.

Nominees for the coveted Artist of the Year category are Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. Swift is the current record-holder for most wins in this category with five wins, and could also break her own record for most AMA wins of all time, 29, should she win in any of the four categories she’s nominated in.

This year, as Latin and R&B/Hip-Hop genres achieved undeniable crossover success, the AMAs will expand their categories to match their overarching popularity. The new categories include Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Female Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop); and Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female, Favorite Album and Favorite Song (Latin). Additionally, Cheetos is partnering with the AMAs to present the expanded Latin categories. Voting is now open for all AMA categories. For more information, please visit TheAMAs.com/Vote

The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted award show, is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Nominees are based on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 27, 2019, through September 24, 2020. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.

2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TOP NOMINATED ARTISTS CHART FACTS:

  • The Weeknd (Eight Nominations)
    The Weeknd blasted onto the Billboard 200 albums chart with his fourth straight No. 1 album, After Hours, and spent four weeks at No. 1 The set launched with over 220 million on-demand streams earned in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The same week After Hours opened at No. 1, the album’s song “Blinding Lights” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, securing The Weeknd his fifth chart-topping single. The track proved to be so popular, it spent more than eight months in the chart’s weekly top 10. The album also contains the Hot 100 No. 1 “Heartless,” as well as the top 20 charting title track and “In Your Eyes.”
  • Roddy Ricch (Eight Nominations)
    Roddy Ricch closed out 2019 in a big way, with his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial bowing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart — his first No. 1. He then took it to the next level at the top of 2020, when the album’s breakaway hit “The Box” raced to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in just five weeks, becoming his first leader, and spending 11 weeks in a row at No. 1. He then claimed another Hot 100 No. 1 via his featured role on DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” which spent seven weeks in charge. All the while, his Please Excuse Me album has generated more than 3.3 billion U.S. on-demand streams and earned more than 2.1 million equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. 
  • Megan Thee Stallion (Five Nominations)
    Megan Thee Stallion claimed her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her smash single “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, and then followed it up with her second No. 1 via her featured role on Cardi B’s “WAP.” Meanwhile, Megan notched her second Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with “Suga,” which followed her Top 10 set “Fever In 2019. Combined, “Savage” and “WAP” have been streamed more than 1 billion times in the U.S. in 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The “2020 American Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are Executive Producers. Larry Klein is Producer. For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube), online at theamas.com and ABC.com, and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.

The “2020 American Music Awards” is sponsored by Cheetos, T-Mobile, and Xfinity.


About Dick Clark Productions 
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THE “2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” NOMINEES:


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé “Savage Remix”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat “Say So”
Future ft. Drake “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift “cardigan”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles “Fine Line”
Taylor Swift “folklore”
The Weeknd “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG –  POP/ROCK
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone “Circles”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”
Blake Shelton “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani) “Nobody But You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby “My Turn”
Lil Uzi Vert “Eternal Atake”
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat “Hot Pink”
Summer Walker “Over It”
The Weeknd “After Hours”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Summer Walker “Playing Games”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Anuel AA ”Emmanuel”
Bad Bunny “Las que no iban a salir”
Bad Bunny “YHLQMDLG”

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Birds of Prey: The Album
Frozen II
Trolls: World Tour


NOMINEES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (BY FIRST NAME):

Anuel AA (1) – Favorite Album – Latin
Ariana Grande (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Music Video
Bad Bunny (4) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin; Favorite Album – Latin (x2); Favorite Song – Latin
Becky G (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin
Beyoncé (1) – Collaboration of the Year
Billie Eilish (2) – Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Birds of Prey: The Album (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
Black Eyed Peas (1) – Favorite Song – Latin
Blake Shelton (2) – Favorite Album – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
BTS (2) – Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Cardi B (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Chris Brown (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
DaBaby (4) – New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Dan + Shay (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
Doja Cat (4) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Drake (2) – Favorite Music Video; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Dua Lipa (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
EXO (1) – Favorite Social Artist
Florida Georgia Line (1) – Favorite Duo or Group – Country
for KING & COUNTRY (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Frozen II (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
Future (1) – Favorite Music Video
Gabby Barrett (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Country
Gwen Stefani (1) – Favorite Song – Country 
Harry Styles (1) – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
J Balvin (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin; Favorite Song – Latin
Jhene Aiko (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
John Legend (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Jonas Brothers (2) – Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Juice WRLD (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Justin Bieber (4) – Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Country 
Kane Brown (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kanye West (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
KAROL G (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin; Favorite Song – Latin
Kygo (1) – Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Lady Gaga (4) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Lauren Daigle (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lewis Capaldi (3) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Lil Baby (2) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Lil Uzi Vert (1) – Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Luke Combs (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country
Maren Morris (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
Maroon 5 (2) – Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Marshmello (1) – Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Megan Thee Stallion (5) – New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year (x2); Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Miranda Lambert (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Country
Morgan Wallen (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country
NCT 127 (1) – Favorite Social Artist
Nicki Minaj (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Latin
Old Dominion (1) – Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Ozuna (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin
Post Malone (3) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Roddy Ricch (8) – Artist of the Year; New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop (x2)
Rosalía (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin
Summer Walker (3) – Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Tame Impala (1) – Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Taylor Swift (4) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
The Weeknd (8) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Trolls: World Tour (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
twenty one pilots (1) – Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

NOMINEES BY NUMERICAL ORDER:

Roddy Ricch (8) – Artist of the Year; New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop (x2)
The Weeknd (8) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Megan Thee Stallion (5) – New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year (x2); Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Bad Bunny (4) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin; Favorite Album – Latin (x2); Favorite Song – Latin
DaBaby (4) – New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Doja Cat (4) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Justin Bieber (4) – Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Country 
Lady Gaga (4) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Taylor Swift (4) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Ariana Grande (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Music Video
Cardi B (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Dan + Shay (3) – Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
Lewis Capaldi (3) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Post Malone (3) – Artist of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Summer Walker (3) – Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Billie Eilish (2) – Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Blake Shelton (2) – Favorite Album – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
BTS (2) – Favorite Social Artist; Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Chris Brown (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Drake (2) – Favorite Music Video; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Dua Lipa (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
J Balvin (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin; Favorite Song – Latin
Jonas Brothers (2) – Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
KAROL G (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin; Favorite Song – Latin
Lil Baby (2) – New Artist of the Year; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Luke Combs (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country
Maren Morris (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Country; Favorite Song – Country 
Maroon 5 (2) – Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Morgan Wallen (2) – Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country
Nicki Minaj (2) – Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Latin
Anuel AA (1) – Favorite Album – Latin
Becky G (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin
Beyoncé (1) – Collaboration of the Year
Birds of Prey: The Album (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
Black Eyed Peas (1) – Favorite Song – Latin
EXO (1) – Favorite Social Artist
Florida Georgia Line (1) – Favorite Duo or Group – Country
for KING & COUNTRY (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Frozen II (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
Future (1) – Favorite Music Video
Gabby Barrett (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Country
Gwen Stefani (1) – Favorite Song – Country 
Harry Styles (1) – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Jhene Aiko (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
John Legend (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Juice WRLD (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Kane Brown (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kanye West (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Kygo (1) – Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Lauren Daigle (1) – Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lil Uzi Vert (1) – Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Marshmello (1) – Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Miranda Lambert (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Country
NCT 127 (1) – Favorite Social Artist
Old Dominion (1) – Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Ozuna (1) – Favorite Male Artist – Latin
Rosalía (1) – Favorite Female Artist – Latin
Tame Impala (1) – Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Trolls: World Tour (1) – Favorite Soundtrack
twenty one pilots (1) – Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE STATISTICS

  • 2020 NOMINATIONS FAST FACTS
  • ALL-TIME RECORD HOLDERS BY CATEGORY
  • TOP AMA WINNERS OF ALL TIME (1974–2019)

2020 NOMINATIONS FAST FACTS:

“TAYLOR SWIFT COULD BREAK HER OWN RECORD FOR MOST AMA WINS OF ALL TIME”
2019 Artist of the Decade Award recipient, Taylor Swift, could break her own record for most AMA wins of all time should she take home at least one of the awards she’s nominated for. She currently holds the record with 29 wins.

“THE WEEKND AND FIRST-TIME NOMINEE RODDY RICCH ARE THE MOST NOMINATED ARTISTS THIS YEAR WITH 8 EACH”
With 8 nominations each, The Weeknd and first-time AMA nominee, Roddy Ricch, go head to head in the Favorite Song – Pop/Rock and coveted Artist of the Year categories.

“FIRST-TIME NOMINEE MEGAN THEE STALLION IS THE MOST NOMINATED FEMALE ARTIST WITH 5 NOMINATIONS”
First-time AMA nominee, Megan Thee Stallion, is the most nominated female artist this year with 5 nominations in the following categories: New Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year (x2); Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.

“FIRST-TIME NOMINEES DOMINATE THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, INCLUDING RODDY RICCH, MEGAN THEE STALLION, DABABY, DOJA CAT, LEWIS CAPALDI, AND SUMMER WALKER”
Roddy Ricch (8), Megan Thee Stallion (5), DaBaby (4), Doja Cat (4), Lewis Capaldi (3), and Summer Walker (3) are up for their first AMA and could take home their first trophy on Nov. 22.

“HARRY STYLES COULD TAKE HOME HIS FIRST AMA EVER AS A SOLO ARTIST”
Having won 7 American Music Awards as part of One Direction, Harry Styles could join former bandmates and previous AMA winners Niall Horan (1) and Zayn (1) and take home his first AMA as a solo artist this year. Styles’ “Fine Line” is nominated for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock.

“KANYE WEST COULD WIN HIS FIRST AMA AWARD IN 12 YEARS”
2008 Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop winner, Kanye West, could win his first AMA in 12 years, should he take home the award in the Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational category.

“FIRST-TIME NOMINEE JUICE WRLD COULD WIN HIS FIRST AMA POSTHUMOUSLY”
Rapper, singer, songwriter, Juice WRLD, who passed away on December 8, 2019, is nominated for his first AMA ever (Favorite Male Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop).


ALL-TIME RECORD HOLDERS BY CATEGORY:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift is the current record holder for most wins in the Artist of the Year category with 5 wins. It will be the third win in this category for nominee Justin Bieber should he take home the award, and the first for Post Malone, Roddy Rich and The Weeknd should any of them win.

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
This year Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are nominated for their worldwide hit collaboration “WAP,” alongside DaBaby and Roddy Ricch for “Rockstar,” Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber for “10,000 Hours,” Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain On Me,” and Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé for “Savage Remix.” Last year, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello took home this award for “Senorita.”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Lionel Richie holds the record for most music video wins (6). Doja Cat, Future ft. Drake, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are up for the award this year.

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
Introduced in 2018, BTS was the first to win this award, and again in 2019. They could win for the third time in a row should they take home the award this year. The nominees include Billie Eilish, EXO, Ariana Grande, and NCT 127.

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Barry Manilow, Eric Clapton and Michael Bolton are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins each. Justin Bieber could break the tie this year and collect his fourth win in this category should he take home the award. This could be Post Malone’s second win in this category should he win and The Weeknd’s first.

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Whitney Houston, Olivia Newton John and Taylor Swift are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock category with 4 wins each. This will be Taylor Swift’s fifth win in this category should she take home the award, becoming the record-holder. Dua Lipa could take home her first AMA ever should she win in this category. Lady Gaga could take home her second award in this category. She previously won in 2017.

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
One Direction, Aerosmith and Black Eyed Peas lead with 3 wins each in the Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock category. It would be their second win in this category should BTS take home the award. They previously won in 2019. It would be the first win in this category for Jonas Brothers. It would be the third win for Maroon 5 in this category should they take home the trophy, tying with previous record holders.

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins each. This year, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are nominated in this category. Should she take home the award for the fourth time, Swift would break with Jackson and Bieber’s record in this category.

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men and Lionel Richie are tied for the most wins in this category with 2 each. This will be the first win in this category for Lewis Capaldi (“Someone You Loved”), Dua Lipa (“Don’t Start Now”), Post Malone (“Circles”), Roddy Ricch (“The Box”) and The Weeknd (“Blinding Lights”).

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Garth Brooks is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Country category with 8 wins. This would be Kane Brown’s third time taking home the award in this category should he win. This would be the first win for Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen.

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Reba McEntire is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Country category with 11 wins. Gabby Barrett, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris could win their first AMA ever should any of them win this category.

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Alabama is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Duo or Group – Country category with 17 wins. Florida Georgia Line could win for a fifth time in this category, and Dan + Shay their second should they take home the award this year. Old Dominion could win their first AMA ever, should they take home the award this year.

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood and Kenny Rogers are currently tied for the most wins in this category with 5 each. Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen could win their first AMA, and Blake Shelton his third this year.

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Kenny Rogers leads in this category with 5 all-time wins. Nominees Dan + Shay could take home their second award in this category should they win. It would be Justin Bieber’s first win in this category. Bieber is nominated alongside Dan + Shay for their hit “10,000 hours.” Maren Morris and Blake Shelton could win for the first time in this category.

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop category with 3 wins. This will be Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert or Roddy Ricch’s first win in this category.

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake received the first ever win in this category for his hit, “Hotline Bling,” when it was introduced in 2016. DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne (“I’m The One”), Cardi B (“Bodak Yellow”), and Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (“Old Town Road”) have all won in this category Cardi B could break the tie should she win for “WAP,” her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion. Other 2020 nominees include DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch (“Rockstar”). Roddy Ricch is a double nominee in this category, nominated for “The Box.”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Luther Vandross is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B category with 7 wins. Chris Brown could win his third award in this category, while it could be John Legend’s first and The Weeknd’s second.

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Rihanna is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B category with 7 wins. It would be the first win in this category for Jhene Aiko, Doja Cat and Summer Walker should either of them take home the award.

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Michael Jackson leads the Favorite Album – Soul/R&B category with 4 all-time wins. The Weeknd was previously nominated in 2015, and took home the award that year. This is the first time Doja Cat and Summer Walker are nominated in this category.

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Michael Jackson holds the record for most wins (3) in this category. Chris Brown (“No Guidance”) is nominated in this category for the first time for his collaboration with Drake (who previously won this award in 2016). It would be the first win in this category for Summer Walker and The Weeknd.

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Linkin Park is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock category with 6 wins. Billie Eilish could win for the second year in a row. twenty one pilots could take home the trophy for a second time, while this would be Tame Impala’s first win in this category.

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Celine Dion holds the record for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary category with 4 wins. This could be Maroon 5’s second win in this category, and Lewis Capaldi and Jonas Brothers’ first.

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
Enrique Iglesias is the current record holder for the Favorite Artist – Latin category with 8 wins. This year, the Latin categories have expanded to 4 to include Favorite Male Artist – Latin, Favorite Female Artist – Latin, Favorite Song – Latin, and Favorite Album – Latin.

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Casting Crowns is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational category with 4 wins. Lauren Daigle has won in this category three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019) and could win for a fourth time this year, tying with Casting Crowns. This would be Kanye West and for KING & COUNTRY’s first win in this category

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers and Marshmello are tied for the most wins in the Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category with 2 wins each. Should Marshmello win this year, he will surpass Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers for most wins ever in this category. This would be Kygo and Lady Gaga’s first trophy in this category should either of them win.

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Whitney Houston won 3 awards for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack in 1994 in the Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories. This year, “Bird of Prey: The Album,” “Frozen II” and “Trolls: World Tour” are up for the award.


TOP AMA WINNERS OF ALL TIME (1974–2019):

1. Taylor Swift – 29 wins total, the most AMA wins of any artist in history; Leads the Artist of the Year category with 5 wins; Won Dick Clark Award for Excellence in 2014, and the Artist of the Decade Award in 2019.

2. Michael Jackson – 24 wins total; Leads the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins; Leads the Favorite Album – Soul/R&B category with 4 wins; Leads the Favorite Single – Soul/R&B category with 3 wins; Won Artist of the Century in 2002.

3. Alabama – 23 wins total; Leads the Favorite Duo or Group – Country category with 17 wins, 14 of which are consecutive from 1983-1996.

4. Whitney Houston – 21 wins total; Received the Award of Merit in 1994 and the International Artist Award in 2009.

5. Kenny Rogers – 19 wins total; Leads the Favorite Album – Country category with 5 wins and the Favorite Single – Country category, also with 5 wins.

6. Garth Brooks – 17 wins total; Leads the Favorite Male Artist – Country category with 8 wins, 6 of which are consecutive from 1992-1997; Won Artist of the Decade in 2000.

7. Reba McEntire – 15 wins total; Leads the Favorite Female Artist – Country category with 11 wins, 9 of which are consecutive from 1988-1996; Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie and Justin Bieber tie as record holders with 15 wins each.

   Lionel Richie – 15 wins total; Lionel Richie, Reba McEntire and Justin Bieber tie as record holders with 15 wins each.

Justin Bieber – 15 wins total; 3 wins for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (2010, 2012, 2016); Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie tie as record holders with 15 wins each.

Carrie Underwood – 15 wins total; 7 wins for Favorite Female Artist – Country (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).

8. Rihanna – 13 wins total; Won the Icon Award in 2013; Leads the Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B category with 7 wins.  

9. Willie Nelson – 12 wins total; Won the Award of Appreciation: Farm-Aid in 1986 and Award of Merit in 1989.  

10. Janet Jackson – 11 wins total; Won the Award of Merit in 2001; Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Tim McGraw tie as record holders with 11 wins each.  
Stevie Wonder – 11 wins total; Won the Award of Merit in 1982; Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Tim McGraw tie as record holders with 11 wins each.

     Tim McGraw – 11 wins total; 6 wins for Favorite Male Artist – Country (2001, 2002, 2003 (x2), 2005, 2007); Tim McGraw, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder tie as record holders with 11 wins each.

11. Mariah Carey – 10 wins total; Received an Award of Achievement in 2000, and one in 2008 for becoming the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time.

     Randy Travis – 10 wins total; Won Favorite Male Artist – Country three years in a row (1988, 1989, 1990). 

     Bruno Mars – 10 wins total; Won Favorite Song – Soul/R&B two years in a row (2017, 2018)

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 for fall 2020 collection headed to Amazon Prime Video

Rihanna at the Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2019 Show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 10, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Amazon Prime Video)

The following is a press release from Amazon Prime Video:

Amazon Prime Video presents the highly anticipated Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2, a unique fashion show celebrating the new Fall 2020 collection from music and fashion icon Rihanna. The extraordinary fashion experience features a combination of models, actors and dancers wearing the latest savage styles, with special performances from some of the hottest names in music. Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 will stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday, October 2.

As a follow up to last year’s ground-breaking event, this year’s Savage X Fenty Show is raising the bar. Debuting the bold and fearless Fall 2020 line, Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 will include performances from an all-star lineup including hip-hop icon Travis Scott and international superstars Bad Bunny, Ella Mai, Miguel, Mustard, Roddy Ricch, and Rosalia during the experience. Savage X Fenty Show veterans Bella Hadid, Big Sean, Cara Delevingne, Christian Combs, Normani, and Paloma Elsesser return, walking alongside newcomers Lizzo, Demi Moore, Erika Jayne, Gigi Goode, Irina Shayk, Laura Harrier, Paris Hilton, Rico Nasty, Shea Couleé, Willow Smith, Chika, Miss 5th Avenue, Jaida Essence Hall and many more, wearing the latest savage styles and debuting Savage X Fenty’s fierce and unapologetic Fall 2020 collection.

For the release of Vol. 2, the Savage X Fenty Fall 2020 Collection will be available to shop in Amazon Fashion’s store and at Savage X Fenty. All Savage. Zero Apologies. The high-voltage collection is packed with unexpected pairings and surprising new styles that push the boundaries of individuality. With sizes ranging from 30A-42H/46DDD and XS-3X, customers can shop the collection at Amazon.com/savagexfenty and Savagex.com.

Rihanna served as Executive Producer and Creative Director of Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2.

Music and fashion icon Rihanna embarks on her newest venture: lingerie designer. Inspired to create a line of intimates that complements a variety of shades and shapes, Savage X Fenty celebrates fearlessness, confidence, and inclusivity. In partnership with a team assembled from the industry’s elite, the label has disrupted and redefined the marketplace with its accessible price point and extensive assortment. “We want to make people look good and feel good,” explains Rihanna, who approaches Savage X with the same mentality she does all her projects – to make something new and fresh that everyone can relate to and feel confident in. “We want you to feel sexy and have fun doing it.” With sizes from 32A – 42H in bras, and XS-3X in undies and sleepwear, Savage X Fenty is available for purchase at www.SavageX.com.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards: Keke Palmer hosting; performers include Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma, CNCO

August 24, 2020

Keke Palmer (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for IFP)

Miley Cyrus is set to perform her new single, “Midnight Sky,” which she released to rave reviews.

Lady Gaga will bring her chart-topping album, Chromatica, to life at this year’s 2020 “VMAs” for the world premiere televised performance of her latest release. This marks her first return to the “VMAs” stage since 2013.

Ariana Grande to join Lady Gaga for performance of “Rain on Me.”

First-time performances from BTS and Roddy Ricch; second-ever appearance from The Weeknd, who last took the “VMAs” stage in 2015.

This will be BTS’ TV debut of their new, English-only single, “Dynamite,” set to be released on August 21.

The following performers are also 2020 “VMAs” nominees:

Ariana Grande: 9 nominations (Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration [“Rain on Me”], Best Collaboration [“Stuck with U”]. Best Pop, Best Music Video From Home, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Choreography)

Lady Gaga: 9 nominations (Video of the Year, Artist of the Year Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Quarantine Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Choreography)

The Weeknd: 6 nominations (Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best R&B Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing)

J Balvin4 nominations (Best Collaboration, Best Latin x3)

BTS3 nominations (Best Pop, Best K-Pop, Best Choreography)

Roddy Ricch3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Hip-Hop Video)

Doja Cat3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Direction

CNCO2 nominations (Best Quarantine Performance, Best Choreography)

Maluma1 nomination (Best Latin Video)

Chloe x Halle, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Tate McRae and Machine Gun Kelly featuring Travis Barker and Blackbear, are set to perform during the 2020 “VMAs” Pre-Show airing on Sunday, August 30 at 6:30pm ET/PT. Hosted by Nessa and Jamila Mustafa, the 90-minute event will include jaw-dropping performances, celebrity interviews and coast-to-coast coverage from celebrity correspondents, Kevan Kenney and Travis Mills.

This year’s show will honor “Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers,” brought to you by EXTRA® Gum, celebrating the best performances by first responders – doctors, nurses, and other frontline medical workers – who kept everyone going with their impromptu and off-the-cuff performances. Nominees include:

Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – “Imagine”

Dr. Nate Wood – “Lean on Me”

Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – “Level Up”

Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell

Lori Marie Key – “Amazing Grace”

PUSH Best New Artist, presented by Chime BankingThe top three finalists include: Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi and YUNGBLUD. Fans can vote for their favorite artist by direct messaging @VMAs on Twitter until August 28.

Social Categories: 

BEST GROUP: Fans can vote until August 26 for “Best Group” by swiping up on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include:

5 Seconds of Summer

The 1975

BLACKPINK

BTS

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

MONSTA X

Now United

Twenty One Pilots

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Starting August 26, fans can vote for the “Song of the Summer” in a bracket-style voting on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include:

BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”

Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

DJ Khaled featuring Drake – “Popstar”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”

Lil Baby featuring 42 Dugg – “We Paid”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”

Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

Pop Smoke featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch – “The Woo”

SAINt JHN – “Roses”

Saweetie – “Tap In”

Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

NOMINATIONSAriana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations. Full nominee list here.

VOTINGFans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Quarantine Performance,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com through August 23, 2020. Voting for “PUSH Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking,” will remain open until August 28.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are Executive Producers for the 2020 “VMAs.” Barb Bialkowski is Co-Executive Producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba serve as Executives in Charge of Production. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Lisa Lauricella is Music Talent Executive.

SPONSORSOfficial sponsors of the 2020 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Burger King®, Chime Banking, Coors Light, EXTRA® Gum, and PEPSI® .

2020 BET Awards: Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled are the top winners

June 28, 2020

by Carla Hay

With two prizes each, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown and DJ Khaled were the top lead-artist winners of the 20th annual BET Awards, which were announced on June 28, 2020. For the first time in BET Awards history, the show was an all-virtual event, and it was simulcast on BET, BET Her and CBS. Comedian/actress Amanda Seales hosted the event, which was pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the cancellation of large gatherings.

Roddy Ricch won the awards for Album of the Year (for “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”) and Best New Artist. DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend’s hit song “Higher” was named Video of the Year and tied for Best Collaboration with Chris Brown featuring Drake’s “No Guidance.” Brown also tied with Anderson .Paak for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.

Drake was the top nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, with six nods. In the end, he won the award Best Male Hip-Hop Artist (in a tie with DaBaby) and the aforementioned Best Collaboration prize as a featured artist on Brown’s “No Guidance.” Megan Thee Stallion was named Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, while Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer” won the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.

According to a BET press release: “The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed 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 creative arts.”

In the non-competitive categories, Beyoncé received the Humanitarian Award:, while the Shine A Light Award went to DJ D-Nice (Club Quarantine), Swizz Beatz & Timbaland.

Performers included Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne (who did a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant), Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, Wayne Brady and more. BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. performed on the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

Internationally, the show was simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT on June 29. The 2020 BET Awards will be televised in the United Kingdom on June 29 at 9 pm BST, in France on June 30 at 8:45 pm CEST, and in South Korea on June 30 at 9 pm KST.

Here is the complete list of nominees and winners for 2020 BET Awards:

*=winner

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo*
Summer Walker

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Anderson .Paak* (tie)
Chris Brown* (tie)
Jacquees
Khalid
The Weeknd
Usher

BEST GROUP
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
Jackboys
Migos*

BEST COLLABORATION
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”* (tie)
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”* (tie)
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
H.E.R. featuring YG – “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale featuring Jeremih – “On Chill”

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
DaBaby* (tie)
Drake* (tie)
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion*
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”* (tie)
DaBaby – “Bop”
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”* (tie)
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana Taylor*

BEST NEW ARTIST
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch*
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo
“Fever” – Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album” – Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her” – H.E.R.
“Kirk” – DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” – Roddy Ricch*

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
The Clark Sisters – “Victory”
Kirk Franklin – “Just for Me”*
Fred Hammond – “Alright”
John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez – “I Made It Out”
Kanye West – “Follow God”
PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary – “All In His Plan”

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Regina King
Issa Rae*
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya
Jennifer Lopez

BEST ACTOR
Jamie Foxx
Omari Hardwick
Michael B. Jordan*
Eddie Murphy
Billy Porter
Will Smith
Forest Whitaker

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
Asante Blackk
Miles Brown
Alex Hibbert
Marsai Martin*
Storm Reid
Jahi Di’Allo Winston

BEST MOVIE
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Harriet”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“The Lion King”
“Queen & Slim”*

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Simone Biles*
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Claressa Shields
Serena Williams
Ajeé Wilson

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry
LeBron James*
Kawhi Leonard
Patrick Mahomes II

BET HER AWARD
Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn – “Brown Skin Girl”*
Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La – “Melanin”
Layton Greene – “I Choose”
Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott – “Tempo”
Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Rapsody featuring PJ Morgan – “Afeni”

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”*
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
The Weeknd – “Heartless”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Burna Boy (Nigeria)*
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (UK)
Stormzy (UK)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT
Celeste (UK)
Hatik (France)
Rema (Nigeria)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)*
Stacy (France)
Young T & Bugsey (UK)

2020 BET Awards: Drake is the top nominee; Amanda Seales to host; performers announced; CBS to simulcast show for the first time

June 15, 2020

Drake (Photo by Greg Noire/Coachella)

The following is a combination of press releases from BET:

BET announced The “BET Awards” 2020 nominees with Drake leading the pack with six nominations. This year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and black excellence across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy. The “BET AWARDS” 2020 will simulcast LIVE at 8 pm ET across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET HER, and will make its national broadcast premiere on CBS on Sunday, June 28 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 7:00-10:00 PM, CT).

Drake returns to the top spot securing six nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and two nods for both ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for his features alongside Chris Brown (No Guidance) and Future (Life Is Good).

Newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion nominations include ‘Best Female Hip Hop,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Roddy Ricch’s nods include ‘Best Male Hip Hop,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby are the third-highest with four nominations each.

In its twentieth year, the “BET AWARDS,” hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales, continues its reign as the ultimate platform to showcase the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. BET recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21 categories with The “BET Awards” 2020 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed 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 creative arts.

The first group of performers for the 20th annual “BET AWARDS” will include Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, Wayne Brady and more. BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. are set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

Amanda Seales is a comedian and creative visionary. You know her as, “Tiffany DuBois” of HBO’s Insecure and her debut stand up special, “I Be Knowin”. She is a former co-host on the daytime talk show, “The Real”, host of NBC’s “Bring the Funny,” creator/host of the hit live, and now virtual, music/comedy game show, “Smart Funny & Black”, speaks truth to change via her wildly popular Instagram, weekly podcast, “Small Doses”, and book by the same my name, recently launched her membership community app, “SFB Society”! A Jedi Khaleesi with a patronus that’s a Black Panther with wings, she keeps audiences laughing, thinking, and living in their truth!

In the final countdown to the BET Awards, Terrence J and Erica Ash will host the first interactive pre-show featuring celebrities, nominees, and special guests who will be participating in Black Entertainment’s biggest night.

“BET was created to stand at the forefront of black culture. We have made strides over the past two decades to create a space where black creativity, culture, and art have the opportunity to get the celebration it deserves in a world where it is systematically muted,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “This year we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing fans with those special, not to be missed moments of enrichment, entertainment, empowerment and also using our platform to create change for our community.”

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT on June 29th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 29th at 9 pm BST, France on June 30th at 8:45 pm CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 pm KST. BET will honor the ‘Best International Act’, along with the fan-voted category ‘Best New International Act’.

The complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2020 are:

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo
Summer Walker

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown
Jacquees
Khalid
The Weeknd
Usher

BEST GROUP
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
Jackboys
Migos

BEST COLLABORATION
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
H.E.R. featuring YG – “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale featuring Jeremih – “On Chill”

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
DaBaby
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana Taylor

BEST NEW ARTIST
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo
“Fever” – Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album” – Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her” – H.E.R.
“Kirk” – DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” – Roddy Ricch

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
The Clark Sisters – “Victory”
Kirk Franklin – “Just for Me”
Fred Hammond – “Alright”
John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez – “I Made It Out”
Kanye West – “Follow God”
PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary – “All In His Plan”

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Regina King
Issa Rae
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya
Jennifer Lopez

BEST ACTOR
Jamie Foxx
Omari Hardwick
Michael B. Jordan
Eddie Murphy
Billy Porter
Will Smith
Forest Whitaker

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
Asante Blackk
Miles Brown
Alex Hibbert
Marsai Martin
Storm Reid
Jahi Di’Allo Winston

BEST MOVIE
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Harriet”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“The Lion King”
“Queen & Slim”

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Simone Biles
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Claressa Shields
Serena Williams
Ajeé Wilson

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Kawhi Leonard
Patrick Mahomes II

BET HER AWARD
Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn – “Brown Skin Girl”
Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La – “Melanin”
Layton Greene – “I Choose”
Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott – “Tempo”
Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Rapsody featuring PJ Morgan – “Afeni”

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”
DaBaby – “Bop”
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
The Weeknd – “Heartless”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Burna Boy (Nigeria)*
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (UK)
Stormzy (UK)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT
Celeste (UK)
Hatik (France)
Rema (Nigeria)
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)
Stacy (France)
Young T & Bugsey (UK)

Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET and Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serves as Executive Producers for The “BET Awards” 2020 broadcast special.

For the latest The “BET AWARDS” 2020 news and updates, please visit BET.com/Awards.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran, NAACP Image(R) Award winner and Emmy(R) Award nominee Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, the company has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE produced the critically acclaimed biopic The New Edition Story, the story on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series and posted record ratings for BET and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. It was followed by The Bobby Brown Story, which chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, and was the highest rated non-tentpole program on the network since The New Edition Story. The next mini-series for JCE is Uptown, a 3-part original scripted miniseries for BET that will chronicle the story of producer Andre Harrell’s iconic record label, Uptown Records. The company’s current scripted TV series is American Soul, the story about the struggle to make the dream of Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated Black music show, come true. It ended its first season as the #1 new cable scripted drama for African Americans 18-49 and its second season debuts in May 2020. Previously, JCE produced BET’s hit TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart that ran for 5 seasons. On the unscripted side, JCE produces annual live specials – the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Past credits include Black Girls Rock!, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors, BET Honors, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, VH1’s Dear Mama, HBO’s Amanda Seales I Be Knowin;’ Netflix’s Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine. JCE’s game shows include VH1’s Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube and CMT’s Nashville Squares. Its music competition series on BET, Sunday Best is now in its 10th season and Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow featuring judges Tip “T.I.” Harris, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper will soon begin production on its second season that will air in 2021. Collins is also a producer for The Grammy Awards. He was on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players list, has been featured on the cover of Vibe magazine and in numerous publications including Ebony magazine’s Power 100 issue. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.