For the Best Collaboration category, it’s not surprising that most of the nominees are mixing hip hop with an R&B vibe. It’s a winning combination that has fueled numerous hit songs. Past Best Collaboration winners at the BET Awards include “Crazy in Love” (Beyonce and Jay-Z), “Gold Digger” (Kayne West and Jamie Foxx), and “Glory” (Common and John Legend).
Check out the lineup of artists who know how to rock the mic together and climb the charts.
Chris Brown and Drake haven’t always been known to play nice with each other, but they have squashed their differences to come together and make a hit song. “No Guidance” is a fun track about trying to win over a girl. The almost 10-minute long video even features a comedic dance-off between Drake and Chris Brown.
The song “Higher” by DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend has a church vibe that makes you raise the roof. At the 2019 BET Awards, just months after Nipsey’s death, DJ Khaled and John Legend performed this song in tribute to the slain rapper. Fittingly, Nipsey’s verses on the track are about ancestry, legacy, and maturing as he watches his family grow. The Cali lyricist was posthumously awarded the Humanitarian of the Year honor.
Popping up twice in this category, Drake is technically going up against himself. For this track with Future, the two rappers trade boastful verses about their expensive baubles, cars and homes. The video features Drake and Future buddying up in various everyday jobs as sanitation workers, fast foot restaurant cashiers, cooks and other non-glamorous roles.
Singer/songwriter H.E.R. and rapper YG came together for this feel-good Cali track “Slide.” H.E.R. brings her smooth delivery as she sings about being up all night with her romantic partner and wondering where things are going. YG “slides” in with his verse on what he’d like to do with his woman. The video is an homage to the west coast culture of dances and customized rides.
Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion had everyone hype about a “Hot Girl Summer” last year. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign hopped on the track that is an ode to bad chicks everywhere. The video is full of colorful hair, barely there outfits and tons of twerking. It’s a forever pool party that we’re all invited to.
Sampling from Raphael Saadiq’s “Ask of You,” Wale’s single “On Chill” featuring singer Jeremih embodies the title of the song. The laid back beat melds with Jeremih’s chorus asking the woman he’s with to help him repair their relationship. It’s a sultry vibe assisted by stunning visuals in the music video.
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