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BET Awards 2012 Nominees Announced

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The 2012 BET Awards nominees have been announced and the categories feature a wealth of hip-hop and R&B artists that have commanded radio play, graced stages around the world and been featured extensively at events over the last year. The awards show also gives trophies to athletes, actors and actresses for their outstanding achievements.

Kanye West lead the nominations at the BET Awards with seven.The rapper’s Watch the Throne project with Jay-Z dominated, earning nods in the Best Group, Collaboration, and Viewer’s Choice categories. Its videos to N****s in Paris and Otis both got nods for Video of the Year.

Following Kanye is Beyonce, who is up for six nominations: Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration for her J. Cole-assisted track Party, Video of the Year for Countdown and Love on Top, Video Director of the Year and Viewers’ Choice Award for Love on Top.

Chris Brown (who took home five trophies last year)and Nicki Minaj are confirmed to perform at the ceremony. Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to soul icons Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Samuel L. Jackson will host the 2012 BET Awards, airing live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on July 1 at 8PM.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna have each been been nominated for one award, but in different categories.

Check out the full list of BET Awards 2012 Nominees

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Best Group

Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Meek Mill

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé f/ J. Cole – Party
Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – Marvin & Chardonnay
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne – I’m On One
Drake f/ Lil Wayne and Tyga – The Motto
The Throne f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale f/ Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – Countdown
Beyoncé – Love on Top
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ni**as in Paris
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis
Usher – Climax

Video Director of the Year

Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best Gospel

Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

YoungStars Award

Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Viewers’ Choice Award

Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – The Motto
Beyoncé – Love onTop
Chris Brown – Turn Up the Music
Mindless Behavior – Hello
The Throne f/ Otis Redding – Otis
Wale f/ Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb

Centric Award

Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

Best International Act: U.K.

Emeli Sande
Wretch 32

Best International Act: Africa

Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Best Movie

Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Sportswoman of the Year

Skylar Diggins
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant

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May 24th, 2012
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