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 BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the nominations for the “BET Awards ” 2018 taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 24.

The culturally-charged, performance-driven, thought-provoking show returns for its 18th year and as with previous years is expected to turn out a show like no other.  DJ Khaled dominates this year’s nominations with a total of 6 including ‘Video of the Year,’ two for ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for ‘Wild Thoughts,’ and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé for ‘Top Off,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice.’ Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna for ‘Loyalty.,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice.’ Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’

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The iconic broadcast continues to tackle culturally relevant topics and conversations, delivering some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. In 2017, Bruno Mars opened the show with a funky, energetic performance of his hit “Perm,” then returned to the stage moments later to accept his first-ever BET Awards win for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, XSCAPE reunited for the first time in eighteen years to perform a medley of hits, “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run to,” and, “Just Kickin’ It,” Yara Shahidi voiced the importance of supporting blackness and thanked BET for celebrating black culture so beautifully while accepting the YoungStars Award, and Michelle Obama and BET Chairman Debra Lee introduced Chance the Rapper who gave an impassioned speech after receiving the evening’s Humanitarian Award. The “BET Awards” raises the standard, year over year, for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts.

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the “BET Awards” 2018 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

The complete list of nominees for the “BET Awards” 2018 are:

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Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
BEYONCÉ
SZA
H.E.R.
RIHANNA
KEHLANI

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
BRUNO MARS
CHRIS BROWN
THE WEEKND
KHALID
DANIEL CAESAR

Best Group Award
MIGOS
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
N.E.R.D.

RAE SREMMURD
CHLOE X HALLE

Best Collaboration Award
BRUNO MARS FEAT. CARDI B                                                       FINESSE (REMIX)
DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER                       WILD THOUGHTS
DJ KHALED FEAT. JAY-Z, FUTURE &BEYONCÉ                          TOP OFF
CARDI B FEAT. 21 SAVAGE                                                             BARTIER CARDI
FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE                                         UNFORGETTABLE
KENDRICK LAMAR FEAT. RIHANNA                                             LOYALTY.

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
DRAKE
KENDRICK LAMAR
DJ KHALED
JAY-Z
J. COLE

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
CARDI B
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA
DEJ LOAF
RAPSODY

Video of the Year Award
DRAKE                                                                                          GOD’S PLAN
CARDI B                                                                                        BODAK YELLOW
BRUNO MARS FEAT. CARDI B                                                       FINESSE (REMIX)
DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER                       WILD THOUGHTS
KENDRICK LAMAR                                                                       HUMBLE.
MIGOS FEAT. DRAKE                                                                  WALK IT TALK IT

Video Director of the Year Award
BENNY BOOM
DIRECTOR X
AVA DUVERNAY
CHRIS BROWN
DAVE MEYERS

Best New Artist Award
SZA
H.E.R.
DANIEL CAESAR
GOLDLINK
A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
LECRAE FEAT. TORI KELLY                                                              I’LL FIND YOU
SNOOP DOGG FEAT. B SLADE                                                       WORDS ARE FEW
LEDISI & KIRK FRANKLIN                                                                IF YOU DON’T MIND
MARVIN SAPP                                                                                    CLOSE
TASHA COBBS LEONARD FEAT. NICKI MINAJ                         I’M GETTING READY

The Best International Act Award

BOOBA (FRANCE)

CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)

DADJU(FRANCE)

DAVIDO(NIGERIA)

DISTRUCTION BOYZ (SA)

FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)

J HUS (UK)

NISKA (FRANCE)

TIWA SAVAGE (NIGERIA)

STEFFLON DON (UK)

STORMZY (UK)

Best Actress Award
TIFFANY HADDISH
LUPITA NYONG’O
ISSA RAE
ANGELA BASSETT
LETITIA WRIGHT
TARAJI P. HENSON

Best Actor Award         
CHADWICK BOSEMAN
MICHAEL B. JORDAN
DONALD GLOVER
STERLING K. BROWN
DENZEL WASHINGTON
DANIEL KALUUYA

Young Stars Award
YARA SHAHIDI
ASHTON TYLER
CALEB MCLAUGHLIN
LONNIE CHAVIS
MARSAI MARTIN
MILES BROWN

Best Movie Award
BLACK PANTHER
GIRLS TRIP
A WRINKLE IN TIME
DETROIT
MUDBOUND

Sportswoman of the Year Award
SERENA WILLIAMS
VENUS WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH
CANDACE PARKER
ELANA MEYERS TAYLOR

Sportsman of the Year Award    
STEPHEN CURRY

LEBRON JAMES
KEVIN DURANT
DWYANE WADE
ODELL BECKHAM JR.

Album of the Year Award
DAMN.                                                                 KENDRICK LAMAR
CTRL                                                                      SZA
4:44                                                                       JAY-Z
CULTURE II                                                          MIGOS
BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM                     KENDRICK LAMAR & VARIOUS ARTISTS
GRATEFUL                                                           DJ KHALED

BET Her Award
JANELLE MONAÉ                                               DJANGO JANE
LIZZO                                                                     WATER ME
MARY J. BLIGE                                                    STRENGTH OF A WOMAN
REMY MA FEAT. CHRIS BROWN                  MELANIN MAGIC (PRETTY BROWN)
CHLOE X HALLE                                                  THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
LEIKELI47                                                             2ND FIDDLE

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
SZA FEAT. TRAVIS SCOTT                                                                LOVE GALORE
CARDI B                                                                                                BODAK YELLOW
KENDRICK LAMAR                                                                            HUMBLE.
DRAKE                                                                                                   GOD’S PLAN
MIGOS FEAT. CARDI B & NICKI MINAJ                                       MOTORSPORT
DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER                      WILD THOUGHTS

The “BET Awards” 2018 will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in the UK on June 26th at 9:00PM BST, in Africa on June 26th at 8:00PM CAT, in France on June 26th at 9:00PM CEST and in South Korea onJune 26th at 9:00PM KST. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the “BET Awards” 2018 live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, stand-up comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.

Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the “BET Awards 2018” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

To apply for media credentials for the “BET Awards” 2018 please head to www.betpressroom.com

The “BET Awards” 2018 will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 21-24, 2018BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. VIP Packages for the 6th year of the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, all levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly-anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum, Gold Plus and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are on sale now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.

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Yikes! Fox Cancels “REL” After One Season!

Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support. 

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Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support.

We really liked REL and are surprised to see it has been canceled. Then again, Fox can be brutal with its line up, especially when it comes to its comedies. We wish Lil Rel and the rest of the cast the best. We are sure he will be fine though, he is appearing in five movies between the end of this year and next year.

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#BingeWatchWorthy- Netflix’s “Love, Death, & Robots”

Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

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Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

Grade: A+ 

What We Liked

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-The diverse stories that make up this show are amazing and each one is so different you will always find yourself eager to know what is next.

-We like the originality of each series and how so much was compartmentalized into 10 to 30 minutes of action.

 

What We Loved

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-The different styles of animation in each series. Both Western and Eastern influences played a role in their style. Some were reminiscent of the Animatrix (2003), a film made in a similar style to this series but with the overarching theme of the Matrix trilogy movies.

-Our favorite episode of the series was undoubtedly, “Good Hunting.” It centered on the friendship between a Chinese boy and a shape-shifting huli jing (Chinese mythological creatures who can be either good or bad), who rekindle their friendship after years apart in a steampunk Hong-Kong.

-The various genres--sci-fi, cyberpunk, steampunk, folklore, post-apocalyptic, etc. The series really gives you something for nothing.

-The series were graphic and as aforementioned left nothing to the imagination. The human form is fascinating–even when animated.

 

What We Hated

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-There was nothing to hate about this show, we do hope however some of the shorts can become full-fledged series. (“Good Hunting” of course!)

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[VIDEO] Jermaine Dupri Shares Why XSCAPE Really Broke Up on ‘UNCENSORED’ on TV One Inbox

Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow. Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow.

Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including actress Tasha Smith, actress/singer Naturi NaughtonGrammy Award-Winning R&B artist Ne-Yo and the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin.

Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. Previously featured in this season of UNCENSORED:

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