Drake leads BET Awards with 9 nods; Beyonce, Rihanna 5 each

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FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake at the Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, in London. Music artists are taking advantage of Twitter to promote their music. Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" received more than 1.5 million mentions on Twitter within a 24-hour period, helping him sell around 500,000 units. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is walking into the BET Awards with nine nominations, nearly doubling Beyonce and Rihanna, who are up for five awards each.

BET told The Associated Press on Thursday that Drake is nominated twice for video of the year with “Hotline Bling” and “Work” with Rihanna. Other nominees for the top prize include Beyonce’s “Formation,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and rising newcomer Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t.”

The BET Awards will air live June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Drake is nominated twice for best collaboration and three times for the viewer’s choice award.

Beyonce and Rihanna will compete for best female R&B/pop artist along with Adele, K. Michelle and breakthrough singer Andra Day.

Chris Brown, Future and Tiller nabbed four nominations each.

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