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Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Beyonce lead 2015 BET Award nominations

BET Awards 2015: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Lil' Wayne lead nominations

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead the pack of BET Award nominations.

Brown and Minaj each scored six nods, including the coveted video of the year, according to the full list of nominations released by the network on Monday morning.

Oft-embattled R&B singer Brown is also up for male R&B/Pop artist, multiple nods in the collaboration category for hits “Loyal” and “New Flame” and the viewers’ choice award.

Minaj competes against Brown in collaboration, video of the year and viewer’s choice races. The pop-rapper is also up for best group, as a member of her Young Money crew. Minaj is also up for female hip-hop artist, a trophy she has won consecutively for the last five years.

“They should just nominate Nicki five times with five different wigs on and pick the best picture,” fellow nominee Azealia Banks joked on Twitter after the announcement. “It's not even a real award anymore lol it's a bit of a running joke.”

Beyonce and Lil Wayne follow with four nominations each (Lil Wayne is a member of Young Money, nominated for the best group award) and breakout British singer Sam Smith is up for two, including new artist.

This year’s ceremony marks the 15th anniversary of the awards show, which fetes television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations and the creative arts.

BET now anchors its awards spectacle with a multi-day festival across multiple venues at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Set for June 25-28, the BET Experience packs concerts, wellness seminars, celebrity panels, exhibits and a free fan expo alongside the awards show. Kevin Hart, Minaj, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg and the Roots are among headliners.

Tickets are on sale. Single-day Staples Center show tickets start at $59.50, with three-day packages starting at $169.50. Club Nokia ticket prices vary by artist.

VIP packages, which include a ticket to the awards show, range from $1,095 to $4,395. More information can be found on the festival’s website.

The BET Awards air live from the Nokia Theatre on June 28 at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

The complete list of nominees is below:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyonce
Ciara
Janelle Monae
Jhene Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Jodeci
Migos
Rae Sremmurd
Rich Gang
Young Money

Best Collaboration
August Alsina / Nicki Minaj -- "No Love (Remix)"
Big Sean / E-40 -- "Idfwu"
Chris Brown / Lil Wayne / Tyga -- "Loyal"
Chris Brown / Usher / Rick Ross -- "New Flame"
Common / John Legend -- "Glory" (from the motion picture "Selma")
Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
Common
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Wale

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Dej Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj
Tink
Trina

Video Of The Year
Beyonce -- "7/11"
Big Sean / E-40 -- "Idfwu"
Chris Brown / Lil Wayne / Tyga -- "Loyal"
Chris Brown / Usher / Rick Ross -- "New Flame"
Common / John Legend -- "Glory (from the motion picture "Selma")"
Nicki Minaj -- "Anaconda"

Video Director Of The Year
Benny Boom
Beyonce, Ed Burke and Todd Tourso
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Sam Smith
Tinashe

Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Lecrae
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Idris Elba
Jussie Smollett
Kevin Hart
Terrence Howard

Youngstars Award
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
Mo'ne Davis
Quvenzhane Wallis
Zendaya

Best Movie
"Annie"
"Beyond The Lights"
"Selma"
"Think Like A Man Too"
"Top Five"

Sportswoman Of The Year
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman Of The Year
Chris Paul
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lebron James
Marshawn Lynch
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyonce -- "7/11"
Dej Loaf -- "Try Me"
Kendrick Lamar -- "I"
Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -- "Only"
Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj and Young Thug -- "Throw Sum Mo"
The Weeknd -- "Earned It" (from the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack)

Centric Award
Avery Sunshine -- "Call My Name"
Jazmine Sullivan / Meek Mill -- "Dumb"
Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk"
Sam Smith / Mary J. Blige -- "Stay With Me"
The Weeknd -- "Earned It" (from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack)

Best International Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.
Fka Twigs
Fuse Odg
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz
Mnek
Stormzy

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