DJ KHALED TOPS WITH SIX NOMINATIONS WHILE KENDRICK LAMAR TAKES FIVE, FOLLOWED BY MIGOS AND SZA WITH FOUR “BET AWARDS” 2018 TO AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24 FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES AT 8 P.M. ET BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the nominations for the "BET Awards " 2018taking 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 Khaleddominates 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.’ 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. BET AWARDS 2018 OFFICIAL NOMINEES LA The complete list of nominees for the "BET Awards" 2018 are: 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 on June 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. The “BET Awards” 2018 will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 21-24, 2018. BET.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 6thyear 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 https://www.axs.com/betexperience.