The BET Awards hands out nearly two dozen trophies each year to some of the most talented people in Black entertainment with categories including “Best Actor/Actress,” “Best New Artist,” “Video of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.”
Last year’s nominees for the latter group included some of the most booming bodies of work that year, including Jazmine Sullivan’s Grammy Award-winning studio project Heaux Tales, The Weeknd’s highly anticipated After Hours, and Chloe X Halle’s COVID-19 pandemic relief package Ungodly Hour—more like godsent, and many more. However, Jazmine ultimately took home the bragging rights.
Ahead of the BET Awards 2022, take a trip down memory lane with us as we look back at last year’s nominees for “Album of the Year. ”
The Weeknd — After Hours
Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t avoid the tunes featured on The Weeknd’s fourth studio album, After Hours. The 14-track project broke the record for the most global pre-adds for an album in Apple Music history, with over 1.02 million users pre-adding the album to their libraries. Despite its success, it failed to earn any nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, causing an uproar from fans and the Weeknd.
Megan Thee Stallion — Good News
Houston, TX, hottie Megan Thee Stallion released her debut studio album Good News on November 20, 2020 and it featured a slew of guest appearances, including Da Baby, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, SZA, and City Girls.
Jazmine Sullivan — Heaux Tales
Jazmine Sullivan’s fourth studio album in nearly five years was well worth the wait not only for fans but the Philly native as well, who swept awards ceremonies right, left, and center. On one of the biggest nights in music, she won “Best R&B Album” and tied with Silk Sonic for “Best R&B Performance” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards.
Nas — King’s Disease
Two years after releasing The Lost Tapes 2, Queens native Nas returned with his thirteenth studio album, King’s Disease. The album features guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Don Toliver, and Lil Durk. The project earned Nas his first career Grammy at the 63rd annual event.
Chloe X Halle — Ungodly Hour
The COVID-19 pandemic may have been running rampant globally, but that didn’t stop singing sister duo Chole and Halle from releasing one of the hottest albums of the year. The pair showed their impressive range and maturity throughout this 13-track project earning them a nomination for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.
Tune into BET Awards 2022 Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.