Lira scores a BET nomination, Kanye dominates with 7

The nominations for this year’s BET Awards have been announced. Kim’s BF otherwise known as Kanye West leads the pack with seven nominations. The lovely Beyoncé follows closely behind with an impressive six nods and her hubby Jay-Z has five nominations.

It’s great to see these three leading the pack, but I’m particularly happy with our lovely Lira. She has been nominated in the Best International Act: Africa category, alongside a whole host of rad artists like Wizkid, Ice Prince and Camp Mulla. Such rad news!!! Big up Africa, but a particular big up to Miss Lira. Love her work. The awards are set to take place on the 1st of July in Los Angeles, with Samual L. Jackson serving as host. Check out a full list of this year’s nominees below:

Best Female R&B Artist: Marsha Ambrosius, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Trey Songz, Usher

Best Group: Bad Meets Evil, Diddy-Dirty Money, Maybach Music Group, Mindless Behavior, The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration: Beyonce f/ J. Cole – “Party,” Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay,” DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m On One,” Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis,” Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Big Sean, Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Diamond, Nicki Minaj, Brianna Perry, Trina

Video of the Year: Beyonce – “Countdown,” Beyonce – “Love On Top,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “N***as in Paris,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis,” Usher – “Climax”

Video Director of the Year: Beyonce & Alan Ferguson, Benny Boom, Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez, Kanye West, Hype Williams

Best New Artist: A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Diggy Future, Meek Mill

Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, James Fortune & FIYA, Fred Hammond, Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress: Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Regina King, Zoe Saldana

Best Actor: Don Cheadle, Common, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award: Astro, Diggy, Jacob Latimore, Keke Palmer, Willow Smith

Best Movie: Good Deeds, Jumping The Broom, Laugh At My Pain, Red Tails, The Help

Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Skylar Diggins, Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Serena Williams, Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year: Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Victor Cruz, Kevin Durant, LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award: Beyonce – “Love On Top,” Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music,” Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto,” Mindless Behavior – “Hello,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis,” Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Centric Award: Common, Estelle, Robert Glasper, Robin Thicke, Tyrese

Best International Act: AfricaCamp Mulla (Kenya), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa), Mokobe (Mali), Sarkodie (Ghana), Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK: Estelle, Labrinth, Emeli Sande, Sway, Wretch 32

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