Black Entertainment Television unveils nominations for BET Awards 2013

The nominations were announced live from the swanky rooftop of the Icon lounge in downtown Los Angeles by Chris Tucker, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and Charlie Wilson.

Hip-hop artist Drake leads the pack with 12 nominations, including one for Video of the Year Award for his clip “HYFR,” which features Lil Wayne.

Other nominees include Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz, who each earned eight nods, while A$AP Rocky is up for 5 awards. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel received four nominations.

The night’s biggest honor, the “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award” will go to R&B singer Charlie Wilson from the Gap Band.

In the film category, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and Gabrielle Union were named as nominees for Best Actress, while rapper Common, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx are nominated for Best Actor. Quvenzhane Wallis received a nomination for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and also a nod for the BET Awards’ YoungStars Award alongside Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, Jaden Smith and Keke Palmer who are also tapped to receive the accolade.  Wallis’ film is also nominated for Best Movie, as is fellow Oscar-nominated movie “Django Unchained,” which stars Foxx, and “Sparkle,” Whitney Houston’s final film.

Since its inception in 2001, the show has been one of BET’s highest rated programs. Part of BET’s plans for this year’s show includes a three-night concert series at Staples Center with Snoop Dogg, Miguel and J. Cole slated to anchor Night 2, and Kelly, New Edition and the Jacksons to close the series.

Hosted by Chris Tucker, the 2013 BET Award show will also feature performances from Chris Brown as well as from R. Kelly. 

Check out the full list of nominees for the 2013 BET Awards:

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z) 

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Nicki Minaj
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy” 

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd

Best Gospel
Deitrick Haddon
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington 

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhane Wallis 

Best Movie
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”
“Think Like A Man” 

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams 

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis 

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie” 

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Lose To Win”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Nas – “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have” 

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda) 

Best International Act: UK
Marsha Ambrosius
Rita Ora
Emeli Sande


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