Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox top BET Awards nominations | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doja Cat could make the BET Awards her world later this month.

The chart-topping performer picked up six nominations during the show, which aired live June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Doja Cat is up for Best R&B-Pop Female Artist, Best Hip-Hop Female Artist, Album of the Year for her No. 1 hit “Planet Her” and BET Her for “Woman.” His “Kiss Me More” with SZA is nominated for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration.

Drake and Ari Lennox are the second most nominated artists, with four nominations each. Three nominations went to several others, including Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chloe Bailey, Future, HER, Jazmine Sullivan, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige, and Tems.

Actor Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) will host the BET Awards for the second year in a row.

Winners in all 19 categories, including film and sports awards, will be selected by BET’s Voting Academy, made up of entertainment professionals and fans.

Drake will face Kendrick Lamar, Future, J. Cole, Jack Harlow, Ye and Lil Baby for best male hip-hop artist. Doja Cat will face Cardi B, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Saweetie for best female hip-hop artist.

WNBA star Brittney Griner, whose remand in Russia was recently extended for a month, is nominated for Sportswoman of the Year. The two-time Olympic gold medalist – who plays for the Phoenix Mercury – was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after vaping cartridges containing cannabis-derived oil were allegedly found in her luggage. She faces drug trafficking charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Griner is nominated in the same category as Candace Parker, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Sha’Carri Richardson and Simone Biles.

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