The nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were announced Tuesday (May 22) at BET Studios in New York City during a press conference that was attended by Astro (from X Factor), A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Frankie Beverly (of Frankie Beverly and Maze), Melanie Fiona, Diggy, DJ Khaled and Mindless Behavior.
Kanye West leads the pack of nominees with seven nominations, followed by Beyonce with six nominations, and her husband (and Kanye’s mentor) Jay-Z with five. Other artists with multiple nominees include Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and J. Cole.
Samuel L. Jackson was announced as the host of the 12th annual show, which has been hosted in the past by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Damon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, and Jamie Foxx, among others. Last year’s show was hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are the only confirmed performers so far for this year’s show, which will also present the legendary soul/funk group Frankie Beverly & Maze with the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other performers will be announced soon, but for now, check out the full list of nominees below!
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Best Male R&B Artist:
Best Female R&B Arist:
Mary J Blige
Best New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce da 5’9)
Maybach Music Group
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Best Collaboration of the Year:
Beyonce ft. J Cole- “Party”
Big Sean ft. Kanye- “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled & Crew- “I’m On One”
Drake, Tyga, Lil Wayne-“The Motto”
Wale/Miguel-“Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye/Jay Z- “Otis”
Video of the Year:
Beyonce-Love On Top
The Throne-Ni**as in Paris
Director of the Year:
Beyonce (Alan Ferguson)
Chris Brown (Godfrey T)
Subway Sportsman of the Year:
Subway Sportswoman of the Year:
Jumping The Broom
Laugh At My Pain
Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award:
Beyonce- Love On Top
Chris Brown- Turn Up The Music
Mindless Behavior- Hello
The Throne- Otis
Wale & Miguel- Lotus Flower Bomb
Drake ft. Tyga & Lil Wayne- The Motto
Taraji P. Henson
Best Gospel Artists:
James Fortune & FIYA
Tune in on July 1st at 8pm when the 2012 BET Awards airs live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium!