BET Awards 2024: Meet the Rappers Vying for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’

See who takes the crown when culture’s biggest night returns on Sunday, June 30th.

Prepare for an extraordinary celebration of Black excellence in music, film, sports, and more at the highly anticipated BET Awards 2024, airing Sunday, June 30th, at 8 p.m. Eastern. This star-studded event promises to deliver electrifying performances and honor Black Hollywood’s brightest talents.

One of the most eagerly awaited categories is "Best Male Hip Hop Artist," boasting an impressive roster of nominees such as 21 Savage, Burna Boy, Drake, Future, Gunna, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Wayne. With each artist bringing their distinct style and creativity to the forefront, this year's competition promises intense excitement. 

Don't miss the thrilling night as we pay tribute to the pinnacle of music and culture. Be sure to check out the BET Experience 2024, Presented by Walmart, as it returns after nearly five years. For one week, Los Angeles will transform into a hub of cultural vibrancy and creativity. For BET Experience, Presented by Walmart tickets, click here.

  • Drake

    Drake continues to dominate charts and captivate audiences. This year, the “God’s Plan” emcee leads the BET Awards 2024 with seven nominations.   

  • 21 Savage

    21 Savage's journey from the streets of Atlanta to becoming a chart-topping rapper is awe-inspiring. This year, the “Rockstar” rapper earned four nominations at the BET Awards 2024, including “Best Album” and “Best Collaboration” for “Good Good” by Usher featuring Summer Walker

  • Future

    Future remains a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop scene. Last March, the Atlanta native dropped his highly anticipated collaborative album “We Don’t Trust You,” with Metro Boomin. The project features the now infamous “Like That Dat” record with fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar.

  • Gunna

    The last few years have been tough for Atlanta-based rapper Gunna, who found himself in legal issues  just months after releasing his third studio album, “DS4Ever.” Since his release from jail, the “Bread and Butter” rapper has released two more projects, including his fifth studio album, “One of Wun.”

  • J. Cole

    Renowned for his introspective lyricism and socially conscious themes, J. Cole has earned a reputation as one of hip hop's most thoughtful and skilled lyricists.

  • Kendrick Lamar

    With a historic rap beef in the rearview, nominee Kendrick Lamar continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop with his innovative storytelling and thought-provoking content.

  • Lil Wayne


    Wayne is a true veteran of the game. With a career spanning decades and a catalog of hits, the New Orleans native’s influence on hip-hop is undeniable.


    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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