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Cardi B Leads BET Awards Nominations, Nipsey Hussle Up For One

The BET Awards nominations list is out and Cardi B is leading the pack with seven nods. Bardi is competing with hot, new rap diva Megan Thee Stallion, as well as Kash Doll, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. In addition to going toe-to-toe with those skilled emcees, Cardi's also up against herself in the Video of the Year category. Her music visual with Bruno Mars for their record "Please Me" will rival the visual for her solo track, "Money," so the odds are ever in her favor.

Right behind Cardi with the most nominations stands Drake with five, and then Beyoncé, J. Cole and Travis Scott with four nominations each. Cole, Drake, and Scott share the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist category with fellow rappers 21 Savage, Meek Mill, and the late Nipsey Hussle.

The 2019 BET Awards is set to premiere on June 23, with "something major" for the viewers according to its Instagram page. Check out the full list of nominees below.

 

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Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Ella Mai
  • H.E.R
  • Solange
  • SZA
  • Teyana Taylor

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino
  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • Khalid

Best Group 

  • Chloe x Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby and Gunna
  • Migos
  • The Carters

Best Collaboration

  • 21 Savage featuring J. Cole - "A Lot"
  • Cardi B and Bruno Mars - "Please Me"
  • Cardi B featuring J. Balvin and Bad Bunny - "I Like It"
  • H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller - "Could've Been"
  • Travis Scott featuring Drake - "Sicko Mode"
  • Tyga featuring Offset - "Taste"

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

  • 21 Savage
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • Meek Mill
  • Nipsey Hussle
  • Travis Scott

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Kash Doll
  • Lizzo
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Remy MA

Video of the Year

  • 21 Savage featuring J. Cole - "A Lot"
  • Cardi B - "Money"
  • Cardi B and Bruno Mars - "Please Me"
  • Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
  • Drake - "Nice for What"
  • The Carters - "Apes***"

Video Director of the Year

  • Benny Boom
  • Colin Tilley
  • Dave Meyers
  • Hype Williams
  • Karena Evans

Best New Artist

  • Blueface
  • City Girls
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Queen Naija

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational

  • Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell – “All of My Life”
  • Fred Hammond – “Tell Me Where It Hurts”
  • Kirk Franklin – “Love Theory
  • Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen – “Blessing Me Again”
  • Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin – “Never Alone

Best International Act

  • AKA (South Africa)
  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Dave (U.K.)
  • Dosseh (France)
  • Giggs (U.K.)
  • Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

Best New International Act

  • Headie One (U.K.)
  • Jok’Air (France)
  • Nesly (France)
  • Octavian (U.K.)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Teni (Nigeria)

Best Actress

  • Issa Rae
  • Regina Hall
  • Regina King
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Viola Davis

Best Actor

  • Anthony Anderson
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Denzel Washington
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Omari Hardwick

Young Stars

  • Caleb McLaughlin
  • Lyric Ross
  • Marsai Martin
  • Michael Rainey Jr.
  • Miles Brown

Best Movie

  • Blackkklansman
  • Creed 2
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Hate U Give

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

  • Allyson Felix
  • Candace Parker
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Serena Williams
  • Simone Biles

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

  • Kevin Durant
  • LeBron James
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Stephen Curry
  • Tiger Woods

Album of the Year

  • Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi B
  • Ella Mai – Ella Mai
  • Championships – Meek Mill
  • Everything Is Love – The Carters
  • Astroworld – Travis Scott

BET Her

  • Alicia Keys – “Raise a Man”
  • Ciara – “Level Up”
  • H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
  • Janelle Monae – “PYNK”
  • Queen Naija – “Mama’s Hand”
  • Teyana Taylor – “Rose in Harlem”

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice

  • Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny – “I Like It”
  • Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Drake – “In My Feelings”
  • Ella Mai – “Trip”
  • J. Cole – “Middle Child”
  • Travis Scott featuring Drake – “Sicko Mode”

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Since before the days of Rodney King, this is nothing new. We’ve been here before, one too many times in Black history. Yet, we’ll continue to tell our often overlooked and untold stories within Black culture through the lens of facts and feelings. Although we’ve always made this our mission for nearly three decades, we’ll continue to stand in the fact that Black Lives Matter.

Today, we join #TheShowMustBePaused movement in honor of the one too many sisters and brothers lost to police brutality and systemic racism. Our support includes ceasing the production of content for #BlackOutTuesday. Please take a moment to practice self-care, and find ways to lend your voice and power to make “justice for all” ring true.

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George Floyd Died From Homicide By Asphyxiation, Independent Autopsy Finds

George Floyd was asphyxiated to death from “sustained forceful pressure” that cut off blood flow to his brain, according to an independent autopsy performed by medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson.

The 46-year-old father died from “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain,” civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced on Monday (June 1).

“Sustained pressure on the right side of Mr. Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe,” reads a statement posted to Crump’s Twitter account. “The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs, and positioning, were contributory factors because they impeded the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”

The autopsy also found that Floyd “died at the scene” and not at a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Fired Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck ass he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading for air. Two additional officers were helping to apply pressure to Floyd's body, while a fourth officer stood and watched. Chauvin was arrested on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges last week. The other officers, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kuen and Tou Thao, have not been arrested.

“For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse. Beyond question, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by fired officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body from two additional officers kneeling on him,” Crump said. “Mr Floyd’s death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes. And the officer who stood by doing nothing was a physical blue shield — a living symbol of the code of silence.”

Floyd’s family ordered the private autopsy after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office claimed that his death was caused by pre-existing health conditions.

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Global protests continued to call for justice in the murders of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police brutality and racial violence.

Read the full autopsy statement below.

 

Independent medical examiners determined #GeorgeFloyd’s death was due to asphyxia from sustained forceful pressure. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/cIbWu8ssWX

— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) June 1, 2020

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Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Urging Peaceful Protests Amid Unrest In Atlanta

Killer Mike joined T.I., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in delivering emotional pleas to discourage ATLiens from burning the city as protests broke out on Friday (May 29) in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless victims of police brutality.

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Mayor Bottoms simply told protestors to simply “go home.”

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“I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

WATCH: "If you love this city, go home!" https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/v9IEBVoXpB

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Bottoms, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County, and deployed 500 troops from the state's national guard.

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