Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo, who both came up in Houston, are up for a BET Award.
Both women are nominated for best female hip-hop artist. It’s a huge feat considering the other names in the category: Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma and Kash Doll.
Megan released her official debut album “Fever” Friday. Spotify hosted a release party Thursday night for at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, transforming the club into “The Hottie Ranch.”
The album is currently No. 3 on the iTunes hip-hop/rap album chart and top 10 on the all-genre chart.
Megan Thee Stallion is currently a junior at Texas Southern University, where she’s studying health administration and hopes to opening assisted-living facilities in Houston.
Houston native Lizzo released her “Cuz I Love You” album in April. She performs June 22 at the Pride Festival just outside City Hall.
Lizzo told NPR that she found her voice in hip-hop when she lived in Houston. She also played piccolo for the University of Houston Cougar Marching Band.
“It was almost something that I had to learn how to do, growing up in Houston. I think that I was just at the right age at the right time, where socially I wanted to fit in,” she said of discovering hip-hop. “There was a lot of freestyling on the bus, there was a lot of freestyling in the cafeteria, and there was a lot of freestyling on the radio.
“So when I discovered at a young age that I could put bars together, I kind of became addicted to it. And like the flute, I practiced and wanted to be the best at it.”
The BET Awards are June 23 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.