BET Awards Nominees: Kanye, Beyonce Lead

Samuel L. Jackson will host the star-studded July 1 award show in Los Angeles.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Stephen Hill, President of BET’s Music Programming and Specials,has revealed the 2012 BET Awards nominees. Samuel L. Jackson will host the July 1 award show, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 

“We are massively excited about having Sam Jackson host the BET Awards,” Hill exclaimed. “His wit, presence, and gigantic personality are the perfect match for our show.”

Kanye West unsurprisingly leads the pack with seven nominations, some of which include “Best Collaboration,” “Video Director of the Year,” and five more with Watch The Throne member, Jay-Z. Beyonce received six nominations, such as “Best Female R&B Artist” and two nods for “Video of the Year” for “Countdown” and “Love On Top.”

Other multiple nominees include Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and J. Cole. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Among the performers for this year's show are A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, DJ Khaled, Diggy Simmons, Mindless Behavior, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.

Full nominees list:

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
DiddyDirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé featuring J. Cole, "Party"
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, "Marvin & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, "I'm On One"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
Wale featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Best Male HipHop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female HipHop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Video of the Year
Beyoncé, "Countdown"
Beyoncé, "Love On Top"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West), "Niggas in Paris"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis" Usher, "Climax"

Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
TrinITee 5:7 

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

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

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

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

CocaCola Viewers' Choice Award
Beyoncé, "Love on Top"
Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
Mindless Behavior, "Hello"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
Wale featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Centric Award
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

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

Best International Act: U.K.

Emeli Sandé
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