Beyoncé and Bruno Mars Lead 2017 BET Awards Nominations

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BET has announced the nominees for its 2017 BET Awards. At no surprise, Beyoncé leads the pack with seven nominations including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar) and Album of the Year (Lemonade).

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars comes in with five nominations including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Album of the Year (24K Magic).

Solange isn’t far behind with four nominations, along with Chance the Rapper and Migos.

The 2017 BET Awards will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angles, Calif. on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET

See nominations below.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé
Kehlani
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna
Solange

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Group

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Migos
Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Freedom”
Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne — “No Problem”
Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher — “Party”
Dj Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z — “Shining”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane — “Black Beatles”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
Chance The Rapper
Drake
Future
Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Young M.A.

Video of the Year

Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Big Sean — “Bounce Back”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom — Kehlani. “Crzy”
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia — Bruno Mars. “That’s What I Like”
Director X — Zayn Malik. “Like I Would”
Hype Williams — Tyga. “Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner”
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. — Beyoncé “Sorry”

Best New Artist

21 Savage
Cardi B
Chance The Rapper
Khalid
Young M.A.

Album of the Year

24k Magic — Bruno Mars
4 Your Eyez Only — J. Cole
A Seat at the Table — Solange
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
Lemonade — Beyoncé

Centric Award

Fantasia — “Sleeping with the One I Love”
Kehlani — “Distraction”
Mary J. Blige — “Thick of It”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”
Syd — “All About Me”
Yuna — “Crush Ft. Usher”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Drake — “Fake Love”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane –” Black Beatles”
The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk — “Starboy”

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Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

SoMo Announces ‘The Reservations Tour’ Dates

SoMo stays on the road. After wrapping up his The Answers Tour this year, the Texas native announces dates for The Reservations Tour. The tour will begin on February 21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and will hit cities across the U.S. including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on April 14 in Dallas.

“Can’t wait to see new and old faces on this tour,” SoMo tweeted.

In September, he released his My Life III mixtape. “This project means so much to me! These songs poured out of my soul and I hope you enjoy them,” SoMo said.

See SoMo’s tour dates below and get tickets at officialsomo.com.

Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

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