Cardi B Tops BET Awards Nominations According to 'The Associated Press,' the 26-year-old rapper has the most nominations with a total of seven. Two of her songs, "Money" and "Please Me" with Bruno Mars, are up for video of the year. Her other nominations include best female hip-hop artist, the viewer's choice award and album of the year for 'Invasion of Privacy.' Late rapper Nipsey Hussle also picked up a posthumous nomination for best male hip-hop artist. Other nominees up for various awards inc

Cardi B tops BET nominations; Nipsey Hussle up for 1

BET told the Associated Press late Thursday that Cardi B's nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year — with her hits "Money" and "Please Me," with Bruno Mars. She is also competing for best female hip-hop artist, the viewer's choice award and album of the year with her Grammy-winning major-label debut, "Invasion of Privacy."

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Hussle, who was shot to death on March 31 in what police said was a personal dispute outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, picked up a best male hip-hop artist nomination. His competition includes J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, 21 Savage and Drake, who is behind Cardi B with five nominations.

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Drake's No. 1 hit, "Nice for What," is up for video of the year along with Childish Gambino's "This Is America," the Carters' "Apes**t," 21 Savage and J. Cole's "A Lot," and the two Cardi B clips.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Childish Gambino performs onstage during Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball)
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The BET Awards will take place June 23 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Beyoncé, who scored four nominations, is up for best female R&B/pop artist along with Ella Mai, H.E.R., Solange, SZA and Teyana Taylor. Best male R&B/pop artist nominees are Mars, Gambino, Chris Brown, John Legend, Khalid and Anderson .Paak.

Cardi B was named best female hip-hop artist at last year's BET Awards, and she'll defend her title against Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll and Lizzo. Cardi B is a double nominee in best collaboration thanks to the hits "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and "Please Me," with Mars.

Her competition in album of the year includes the Carters' "Everything Is Love," Scott's "Astroworld," Mill's "Championships" and Mai's "Ella Mai."

Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" won the best rap album Grammy Award in February, beating out Hussle's major-label debut as well as albums from Scott, Pusha T and the late Mac Miller.

The 2019 BET Awards will air live across seven Viacom networks in the United States, including BET, MTV, VH1, Logo, MTV 2, MTV Classic and BET HER.

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