Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single.

He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.

The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up the street from the Nokia Theatre where the BET Awards will be staged for the first time.

Announcing the nominations were Tamar Braxton and Kendrick Lamar each of whom also received nominations. Drake leads with 12 nods followed by Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight nods. A$AP Rocky has five with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel tied with four.

Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, "Started from the Bottom," will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie") and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). The top award has 10 nominees, including Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," Kanye West's "Mercy," ''Adorn" by Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."

Charlie Wilson was announced as this year's Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. He was on hand for the press conference as was Chris Brown.

Chris Brown was announced as the first confirmed performer. He told those gathered that he "just wants to have fun" that night. "I always strive to give fans what they want. I always want to bring something new and original."  Brown also noted during the q and a portion that he has finished the video for the song "They Don't Know" and that song features vocals from the late Aaliyah "that haven't been heard before."

R. Kelly will also perform at the awards show, to air live June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. This year's BET Awards will be the culmination of the cable net's first ever BET Experience, a three-day music and lifestyle fest done in partnership with AEG Live.

Chris Tucker will bring his own special brand of levity as BET Awards host. Riffing on the BET theme "Anything can happen," Tucker joked, "I don't know what I'm going to do... I might not show up. So anything can happen."  Then Tucker asked, "Have I got the check in the mail?  That's the first thing at the BET Awards. You got to be paid."  Noting he was joking he added, "all money goes to charity. The Chris Tucker Foundation." 

Check out the full list of nominees:

BET Awards ’13 Nominations

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: "Fuckin' 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: "Fuckin' 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 Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

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

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

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

Best Movie
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap"
"Sparkle"
"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 Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: "Fuckin' 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: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)

Best International Act: U.K.
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Wiley

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