BET Awards 2023 Nominees Revealed: Beyoncé, SZA, Chris Brown and More

The 2023 BET Awards nominees have been announced. Beyoncé, SZA and Chris Brown lead among R&B acts with four nominations each. (Rapper Drake is the most-nominated this year with seven nods.)

The ceremony will air live Sunday, June 25, at 8 p.m. from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Brown, Beyoncé and SZA are nominated for Album of the Year for their respective 2022 releases, Breezy, Renaissance and SOS

Brown’s hit single “Call Me Every Day,” which features Wizkid and has sold gold, has been nominated for Best Collaboration.

Beyonce’s platinum-selling “Break My Soul” has also been nominated in two categories: BET Her Award and Viewer’s Choice Award.

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SZA has been nominated for awards including the Viewer’s Choice Award and Video of the Year for her song “Kill Bill.” This track was her first to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also achieved the top spot on urban radio.

This year, Coco Jones has received three nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, marking her first-ever nominations. Jones’ recognition comes behind the breakthrough success of her current single “ICU,” produced by Camper. 

The up-and-coming R&B group FLO has received their first nominations, totaling three, which include Best Group and Best New Artist.

See the 2023 BET Awards nominations below.

Album of the Year

Beyoncé, Renaissance
Chris Brown, Breezy
DJ Khaled, God Did
Drake and 21 Savage, Her Loss
GloRilla, Anyways, Life’s Great…
Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

SZA Shirt

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Ari Lennox
Coco Jones

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Brent Faiyaz
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best New Artist

Coco Jones
Ice Spice
Lola Brooke

FLO tour dates 2023
FLO members Stella, Jorja and Renée. (Photo Credit: Annie Reid)
Best Group

City Girls
Drake & 21 Savage
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
Quavo & Takeoff

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown feat. Wizkid, “Call Me Every Day”
Future feat. Drake and Tems, “Wait For U”
GloRilla & Cardi B, “Tomorrow 2”
GloRilla & Hitkidd, “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”
King Combs feat. Kodak Black, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”
Latto & Mariah Carey feat. DJ Khaled, “Big Energy (Remix)”
Metro Boomin feat. The Weeknd and 21 Savage, “Creepin’”
PinkPantheress feat. Ice Spice, “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2”

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

CeCe Winans, “I’ve Got Joy”
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin feat. Naomi Raine and Chandler Moore, “Kingdom”
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin, “Bless Me”
PJ Morton feat. Lisa Knowles-Smith, Le’Andria Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs Leonad, “The Better Benediction Pt. 2”
Tamela Mann, “Finished (Live)”
Tye Tribbett, “New”
Yolanda Adams, “One Moment from Glory”

BET Her Award

Beyoncé, “Break My Soul”
Coi Leray, “Player”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Lizzo, “Special”
Megan Thee Stallion, “Her”
PinkPantheress feat. Ice Spice, “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2”
Rihanna and Ludwig Göransson, “Lift Me Up”

Viewer’s Choice Award

Beyoncé, “Break My Soul”
Burna Boy, “Last Last”
Drake feat. 21 Savage, “Jimmy Cooks”
Future feat. Drake and Tems, “Wait For U”
Jack Harlow, “First Class”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Nicki Minaj, “Super Freaky Girl”
SZA, “Kill Bill”

Video of the Year

Chris Brown, “WE (Warm Embrace)”
GloRilla & Cardi B, “Tomorrow 2”
Jack Harlow, “First Class”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Peezy, ​​Jeezy, and Real Boston Richey feat. Rob49, “2 Million Up”
Steve Lacy, “Bad Habit”
SZA, “Kill Bill”

Best International Act

Aya Nakamura (France)
Ayra Starr (Nigeria)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Central Cee (UK)
Ella Mai (UK)
KO (South Africa)
L7nnon (Brazil)
Stormzy (UK)
Tiakola (France)
Uncle Waffles (South Africa)

Viewer’s Choice: Best International Act

Asaka (Nigeria)
Camidoh (Ghana)
Libianca Fonji (Cameroon)
Maureen (France)
MC Ryan SP (Brazil)
Pabi Cooper (South Africa)
Werenoi (France)

Video Director of the Year

A$AP Rocky for AWGE
Benny Boom
Burna Boy
Cole Bennett
Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor

Best Movie

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Creed III
The Woman King
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Best Actor

Amin Joseph
Brian Tyree Henry
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya
Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr.
Donald Glover
Michael B. Jordan

Coco Jones
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Coco Jones
Janelle James
Janelle Monáe
Keke Palmer
Viola Davis

See the full list of nominations here.


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