BET Award for Best New Artist

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The BET Award for Best New Artist is given to an artist who made their debut the previous or same year of the awards ceremony. A former group member can be nominated for the award if they have made their solo debut. For example, Omarion was a member of the hip hop quartet B2K from 2001 until 2004 and B2K had already been nominated for a BET Award for Best New Artist in 2002. Despite this, Omarion was nominated for the category in 2005 because he made his solo debut in the same year. Controversy arose when Jennifer Hudson won the award in 2007 even though her only solo release at the time was a single of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"; her first album was scheduled for release in October 2007. Willow Smith is the youngest person to be nominated for this award. Sam Smith is so far the only Caucasian artist to have won the award, winning it in 2015.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best New Artist
Year Nominees Result
2016 Bryson Tiller Won
Alessia Cara Nominated
Andra Day Nominated
Kehlani Nominated
Tory Lanez Nominated
2015 Sam Smith Won
Bobby Shmurda Nominated
Dej Loaf Nominated
Fetty Wap Nominated
Rae Sremmurd Nominated
Tinashe Nominated
2014 August Alsina Won
Ariana Grande Nominated
Mack Wilds Nominated
Rich Homie Quan Nominated
ScHoolboy Q Nominated
2013 Kendrick Lamar Won
Azealia Banks Nominated
Joey Badass Nominated
Trinidad James Nominated
The Weeknd Nominated
2012 Big Sean Won
ASAP Rocky Nominated
Diggy Nominated
Future Nominated
Meek Mill Nominated
2011 Wiz Khalifa Won
Willow Smith Nominated
J. Cole Nominated
Bruno Mars Nominated
Miguel Nominated
2010 Nicki Minaj Won
Justin Bieber Nominated
Melanie Fiona Nominated
Wale Nominated
Young Money Nominated
2009 Keri Hilson Won
Kid Cudi Nominated
Ryan Leslie Nominated
M.I.A. Nominated
Jazmine Sullivan Nominated
2008 The-Dream Won
Estelle Nominated
Flo Rida Nominated
Chrisette Michelle Nominated
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em Nominated
2007 Jennifer Hudson Won
Lupe Fiasco Nominated
Gnarls Barkley Nominated
Mims Nominated
Corinne Bailey Rae Nominated
2006 Chris Brown Won
Ne-Yo Nominated
Rihanna Nominated
Paul Wall Nominated
Chamillionaire Nominated
2005 John Legend Won
Fantasia Nominated
The Game Nominated
Ciara Nominated
Omarion Nominated
2004 Kanye West Won
Pharrell Nominated
Ruben Studdard Nominated
Anthony Hamilton Nominated
Chingy Nominated
2003 50 Cent Won
Floetry Nominated
Heather Headley Nominated
Sean Paul Nominated
Justin Timberlake Nominated
2002 Alicia Keys Won
Craig David Nominated
B2K Nominated
Tweet Nominated
Ashanti Nominated
2001 Nelly Won
Lil' Bow Wow Nominated
Musiq Nominated
Jill Scott Nominated
India.Arie Nominated


BET Best New Artist Nominees/Winners who won or earned nominations for the Best New Artist Grammy Award: