Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Lead 2015 BET Awards Nominations

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are the ring leaders for the upcoming BET Awards with six nominations each.

Brown logged nominations in several categories including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, and twice in Video of the Year for his hits "Loyal" and "New Flame."

Minaj is up for the top prize with bootylicious visual for "Anaconda." She also earned nominations for Best Collaboration (for the remix of "No Love" with August Alsina), Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award (twice), and Best Group as a member of Young Money.

Beyonce and Lil Wayne follow with four nominations each. Beyonce's "7/11" will also compete for Video of the Year, along with Big Sean's "IDFWU" and Common and John Legend's Oscar-winning "Glory," from the film "Selma."

Other nominees include The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, FKA twigs and Sam Smith, who will compete for best new artist. "Empire" stars Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett are nominated for acting awards, while Serena Williams and Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned sports nominations.

"This year's nominees showcase a diverse group of talent that includes longstanding entertainers, breakout performers, and outstanding athletes," Stephen Hill, BET's president of programming, said in a statement.

The BET Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 28.

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