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BET Awards return Sunday with Doja Cat as leading nominee

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LOS ANGELES — The BET Awards return Sunday with a live show that would see Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox snag some trophies.

Doja Cat enters the show because the leading nominee with six. The chart-topping performer is up for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the yr for her No. 1 hit “Planet Her” and BET Her for “Woman.” Her “Kiss Me More” with SZA is nominated for video of the yr and best collaboration.

Taraji P. Henson will host the show from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award — one among the very best honors on the ceremony. The music mogul is the founding father of Bad Boy Records, has his own television network, fashion line and is a three-time Grammy winner who has worked with a slew of top-tier artists including Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.

Drake and Ari Lennox are the second-most nominated acts, scoring 4 nods each. Three nominations went to several others including Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chloe Bailey, Future, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Ye (formerly often known as Kanye West), Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige and Tems.

Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on the show. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Performers include Lil Wayne, Probability the Rapper, Ella Mai, Roddy Ricch, Lizzo and Kirk Franklin.

The winners within the 19 categories, including film and sports awards, can be chosen by BET’s Voting Academy, comprised of entertainment professionals and fans.

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