NEW YORK — Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination.
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."
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.
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(asterisk)(asterisk)t," 21 Savage and J. Cole's "A Lot," and the two Cardi B clips.
The BET Awards will take place June 23 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.