Kanye West and Beyonce are the leading nominees for the 2012 BET Awards, with West nabbing seven nominations — five with Jay-Z as the Throne and two solo mentions. Following behind Yeezy is Beyonce with six nods, including two in the Video of the Year category for ‘Love on Top’ and ‘Countdown.’

Rap superstar Drake snagged four nominations including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration for ‘The Motto’ (with Tyga and Lil Wayne). Chart-topping artists Big Sean, Miguel, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne all received three mentions apiece.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to host this year’s awards ceremony, which will take place on July 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. So far, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown are scheduled to perform at the event. In addition, the BET Awards will present Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

2012 BET Awards Nominees:

‘Centric Award’



Robert Glasper

Robin Thicke


Best Movie

‘Good Deeds’

‘Laugh At My Pain’

‘Red Tails’

‘The Help’

‘Jumping the Broom’

Viewers’ Choice

Beyonce — ‘Love on Top’

Chris Brown — ‘Turn up the Music’

Drake, Lil Wayne & Tyga — ‘The Motto’

Mindless Behavior –

Jay-Z & Kanye West — ‘Otis’

Wale & Miguel — ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’

Best Female Hip-Hop Artists


Nicki Minaj


Brianna Perry

Best Male Hip-Hop Artists

Big Sean


Lil Wayne

J Cole

Rick Ross

Young Jeezy

Best Group

Bad Meets Evil

Diddy Dirty Money

Maybach Music Group

Mindless Behavior

The Throne

Best Female R&B Artist



Marsha Ambrosius

Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Bruno Mars


Trey Songz


Best Collaboration

Beyonce ft. J Cole — ‘Party’

Big Sean ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash — ‘Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay’

DJ Khaled, Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross — ‘I’m On One’

Drake, Lil Wayne & Tyga — ‘The Motto’

The Throne — ‘Otis’

Wale & Miguel — ‘Lotus Flow Bomb’

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky

Big Sean

Diggy Simmons


Meek Mill

Video Director of the Year

Beyonce & Allen Ferguson

Benny Boom

Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez

Kanye West & Hype williams

Video of the Year

Beyonce — ‘Love on Top’

Beyonce — ‘Countdown’

The Throne — ‘N—s in Paris’

The Throne — ‘Otis’

Usher — ‘Climax’