The nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were announced Tuesday and leading the way with seven nominations is Kanye West. Beyoncé followed with six nominations, Jay-Z received five nominations.

“We are massively excited about having Sam Jackson, the world’s biggest box office star, host The BET Awards 12,” said Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials, BET Networks. “His wit, presence and gigantic personality are the perfect match for our show.”

The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson is set to host the July 1 awards ceremony, to be held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown are slated to perform at the awards show.

The full list of nominees below:

Best Female R&B Artist: Marsha Ambrosius, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Rihanna 

Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Trey Songz, Usher Best Group: Bad Meets Evil, Diddy-Dirty Money, Maybach Music Group, Mindless Behavior, The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) 

Best Collaboration: Beyonce f/ J. Cole - “Party,” Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash - “Marvin & Chardonnay,” DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne - “I’m On One,” Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - “The Motto,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - “Otis,” Wale f/ Miguel - “Lotus Flower Bomb” 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Big Sean, Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Diamond, Nicki Minaj, Brianna Perry, Trina Video of the Year: Beyonce - “Countdown,” Beyonce - “Love On Top,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) - “N*as in Paris,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - “Otis,” Usher - “Climax” 

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

Best New Artist: A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Diggy Future, Meek Mill 

Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, James Fortune & FIYA, Fred Hammond, Trin-I-Tee 5:7 

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

Best Actor: Don CheadleCommonIdris ElbaKevin HartDenzel Washington 

YoungStars Award: Astro, Diggy, 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 

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award: Beyonce - “Love On Top,” Chris Brown - “Turn Up the Music,” Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - “The Motto,” Mindless Behavior - “Hello,” The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - “Otis,” Wale f/ Miguel - “Lotus Flower Bomb” 

Centric Award: Common, Estelle, Robert Glasper, Robin Thicke, Tyrese 

Best International Act: AfricaCamp Mulla (Kenya), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa), Mokobe (Mali), Sarkodie (Ghana), Wizkid (Nigeria) Best International Act: UK: Estelle, Labrinth, Emeli Sande, Sway, Wretch 32

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/05/kanye_west_beyonce_lead_bet_awards_nominations.html


Thank you for printing out this Colorlines.com article. If you liked this article, please make a donation today at colorlines.com/donate to support our ongoing news coverage, investigations and actions to promote solutions.