Tonight's BET Awards will air beginning at 8pm EST live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and we've got you covered with everything you need to know. Some of the biggest names in hip-hop are up for major awards, with Nicki Minaj leading the way with six nominations, followed up by Chris Brown (five) and Beyoncé and Lil Wayne (four apiece), while a handful of 2015 XXL Freshmen are also up for awards, including DeJ Loaf, Tink and Fetty Wap. It's expected to be the Nicki Minaj show tonight, with the Young Money MC also slated to take the stage, possibly alongside Brown and her man Meek Mill to perform the trio's brand-new cut "All Eyes On You" (Meek's long-awaited sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is slated to drop at midnight tonight).

Other facts we know at this point: Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross of Black-ish will be co-hosting, and while we don't know the full order of awards or performers, Kendrick Lamar did tweet yesterday that he'll be opening up tonight's show.

Check out the list of performers and the full list of nominees below and we'll be back at 8pm sharp to update this post with winners, performances and memorable moments from the 2015 BET Awards as the night rolls on.

Hip-Hop Nominees (Winners in ***Bold)

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
***Beyoncé
Ciara
Janelle Monaé
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
August Alsina
***Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

BEST GROUP
A$AP Mob
Jodeci
Migos
***Rae Sremmurd
Rich Gang
Young Money

BEST COLLABORATION
August Alsina featuring Nicki Minaj, "No Love (Remix)"
Big Sean featuring E-40, "IDFWU"
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "Loyal"
Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross, "New Flame"
***Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Big Sean
Common
Drake
J. Cole
***Kendrick Lamar
Wale

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Azealia Banks
DeJ Loaf
Iggy Azalea
***Nicki Minaj
Tink
Trina

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
***Beyoncé, "7/11"
Big Sean featuring E-40, "IDFWU"
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "Loyal"
Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross, "New Flame"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
***Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
***Sam Smith
Tinashe

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
***Lecrae
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Beyoncé, "7/11"
DeJ Loaf, "Try Me"
Kendrick Lamar, "i"
***Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"
Rae Sremmurd featuring Nicki Minaj & Young Thug, "Throw Sum Mo"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"

CENTRIC AWARD
Avery Sunshine, "Call My Name"
Jazmine Sullivan featuring Meek Mill, "Dumb"
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Sam Smith featuring Mary J. Blige, "Stay With Me"
***The Weeknd, "Earned It"