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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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Check It Out! “Riverdale” (@CW_Riverdale) Drops Poster for Season 3, Reveals Archie’s New Nemesis!

Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third sea

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Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third season!

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Riverdale Season 3 Poster

As you may already know, Season 2 of Riverdale ended with Archie being framed and arrested for murder by his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge’s, father, Hiram. It was a surprising end to a city that saw the denizens of Riverdale take a beating from serial killers and finally local thugs and white collar criminals claimed nearly all of the town for themselves. We do not know much about this upcoming season, but we can assure there is a new baddie on the horizon.

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Penelope Ann Miller as Ms. Wright in “Riverdale”

via Entertainment Weekly 

Archie, you in danger gurl.

This season on Riverdale, the ginger hero (KJ Apa) finds himself framed for murder by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and dealing with the town’s prosecutor, Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller). EW has your exclusive first look at Miller in her role.

Given Hiram’s control over most of the town, it feels safe to assume that he might have his hooks into Ms. Wright, too.

Archie and company have their work cut out for themselves if they’re going to save Riverdale! Tune October 10 at 9 PM EST when the new season premieres!

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The Laughs Don’t Stop! Lil Rel’s New Series “REL” (@RELOnFox) is the “Martin” of Our Times!

If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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Sinbad, Lil Rel Howery, and Jordan L. Jones in Rel (2018)

The series centers on Rel a male nurse living in Chicago whose wife recently left him after he discovers she cheated on him with his barber. What should be a heartbreaking situation is tempered with laughter when his best friend Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore) suggests he get back at his barber by getting with his alleged love interest, Monica, nicknamed “Loose Boots Monica.” The laughs ensue further as his younger brother–fresh out of prison–Nat (Jordan L. Jones) and his father (played by Sinbad) clown him just as hard. Rel must pull his life together and endure the ridicule of the community to move on with his life and readjust to being “Rel” again.

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Lil Rel is hands down one of the funniest comedians alive and this new series is only the latest come up in his career. From being a local Chicago celebrity, then appearing in his roles on Get Out and Insecure, and now his own self-titled series on FoxRel is easily the Martin (Lawrence) show of our times. Nostalgia is an awesome marketing tool and when you see this series you will easily feel as happy and elated as you did from the great sitcoms of the nineties and early 2000s that also include Living Single, Half & Half, and to a lesser degree All Of Us.

Lil Rel you are seriously making moves man and we love you for it. Catch Rel this Sunday, September 9th right after the football game! Happy viewing!

What do you guys think of Lil Rel’s new show? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Congrats! Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) Lands Late-Night Show on TNT!

Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

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Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

via Variety

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TNT is expanding its relationship with “Claws” star Niecy Nash.

The cabler has ordered a pilot for a late-night series that Nash will host and executive produce. Currently titled “Naked with Niecy Nash,” the series would see Nash offer advice on love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people.

Sue Murphy, who served as an executive producer and writer on the Netflix talk show “Chelsea” and as an executive producer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will serve as an executive producer and showrunner on the pilot.

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Should the project get ordered to series, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV, with the other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on fellow Turner network TBS.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” said Nash. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and showrunner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.”

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Niecy Nash really is “living her best life” and we are super psyched to see Naked with Niecy Nash! We wonder who her guests will be. There is no doubt her Claws  cast mates will be stopping by and she is also great friends with a number of comedians, including Cedric The Entertainer. Congrats again!

 

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