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Lauryn Hill set for BET awards

The 2024 BET Awards are fast approaching

By MARIA SHERMAN, Associated Press
Published: June 20, 2024, 6:54am
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FILE - Lauryn Hill performs during &ldquo;The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill&rdquo; 25th anniversary tour on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Barclays Center in New York. Apple Music announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, their 10 greatest albums of all time with Hill&rsquo;s 1998 iconic &ldquo;The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill&rdquo; claiming the top spot.
FILE - Lauryn Hill performs during “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 25th anniversary tour on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Barclays Center in New York. Apple Music announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, their 10 greatest albums of all time with Hill’s 1998 iconic “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” claiming the top spot. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Photo Gallery

NEW YORK — The 2024 BET Awards are fast approaching. Last year’s show celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with tributes to the genre’s earliest voices, late legends and new talent during a show packed with spectacular performances that consistently felt like a party. This year is stacking up to be just as exciting with award-winning performers — Lauryn Hill, anyone? — and presenters.

Oscar-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson will once again host the BET Awards.

“I am thrilled to be returning as the host of the ‘BET Awards’ for the third time,” she said in a statement.

Here’s everything you need to know before the June 30 show.

WHEN ARE THE BET AWARDS?

The BET Awards will air live on June 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern on BET from the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

WHO’S NOMINATED FOR THE BET AWARDS?

Drake leads the nominations with seven, including an album of the year nod for his eighth studio album, “For All the Dogs.” One of the awards he’s up for is the music video for “First Person Shooter,” his collaboration with J. Cole that may have been the catalyst for his recent beef with rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Nicki Minaj follows with six, including for album of the year for her highly anticipated “Pink Friday 2” release. Two of her nominations were for her song with Ice Spice, “Barbie World,” part of the blockbuster “Barbie” soundtrack.

J. Cole, Sexyy Red, SZA and best new artist Grammy winner Victoria Monét tie with five nods; 21 Savage, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla and Usher boast four each.

A few months after wowing audiences while headlining the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show, Usher will also receive the lifetime achievement BET award.

The film nominees this year are: “American Fiction”; “Bob Marley: One Love”; “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé”; “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”; “The Book of Clarence”; “The Color Purple”; “The Equalizer 3” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Steph Curry, LeBron James and Patrick Mahomes are among the sports stars competing for awards.

WHO IS PERFORMING AT THE BET AWARDS?

Performers will include Hill and her son YG Marley, Ice Spice and Tyla.

Country musician Tanner Adell will also perform on the BET Amplified stage.

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