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2013 BET Awards: Drake, 2 Chainz + Kendrick Lamar Lead Nominations

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The 2013 BET Award nominations were announced today (May 14), and Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar garnered the most nods. However, the rest of the honorees are a stellar and diverse bunch, with nominations going to A$AP Rocky, Beyonce, Rihanna and more.

Drizzy earned 12 nods, followed by Lamar and 2 Chainz, who are tied with eight nominations each. A$AP Rocky earned five nominations, including Best Music Video Director. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel tied with four nominations — and Timberlake’s nods are for his and Hov’s collabo, ‘Suit & Tie.’

Interestingly, three of Drake’s 12 nods were all in the same category: Music Video of the Year, in which he’s nominated for ‘Started From the Bottom’ and his collaborations ‘No Lie’ with 2 Chainz and ‘F—in’ Problems’ with A$AP Rocky.

In terms of performers, R. Kelly and October’s Very Own nemesis Chris Brown are the first confirmed artists who will grace the stage at the June 30th show. As for what to expect? Breezy told Billboard, “I just want to have fun.”

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

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

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

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz Feat. Drake – ‘No Lie’
A$AP Rocky Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ‘F—in’ Problems’
French Montana Feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – ‘Pop That’
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Drake – ‘Poetic Justice’
Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay-Z – ‘Suit & Tie’
Kanye West Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – ‘Mercy’

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

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz Feat. Drake – ‘No Lie’
A$AP Rocky Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ‘F—in’ Problems’
Drake – ‘Started From The Bottom’
Drake Feat. Lil Wayne – ‘HYFR’
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Drake – ‘Poetic Justice’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz – ‘Thrift Shop’
Miguel – ‘Adorn’
Rihanna – ‘Diamonds’
Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay-Z – ‘Suit & Tie’
Kanye West Feat. 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 Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhané Wallis

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ‘F—in’ Problems’
Drake – ‘Started From the Bottom’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’
Miguel – ‘Adorn’
Rihanna – ‘Diamonds’
Justin Timberlake Feat. 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: U.K.
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Wiley

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