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2013 BET Awards Nominees Announced

2013 BET Awards Nominees Announced

Almost always an annual source of debate on this blog, with regards to its selections and relevance, earlier today, nominees were announced for the 2013 BET Awards.

This year’s host will be Chris Tucker, for a televised event that will be broadcast on June 30, 2013 at 8pm EST.

In the film categories: Angela BassettHalle Berry, Taraji P. HensonGabrielle Union and Kerry Washington are all nominated in the Best Actress category; and for Best Actor, Don CheadleCommonJamie FoxxSamuel L. Jackson, and Denzel Washington are all nominees.

In the Best Movie category, Beasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedSomething from Nothing: The Art of RapSparkle, and Think Like A Man are all nominees.

Leading the pack of nominees in the music categories are Drake, with 12 nominations including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the YearKendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with nominations; A$AP Rocky with 5 nominations; while Jay-ZJustin Timberlake and Miguel each received nominations in the categories of Best CollaborationCoca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Video of the Year.

This year’s Video of the Year Award nominees include Kanye WestJustin TimberlakeDrakeKendrick LamarRihanna, 2 ChainzA$AP RockyMiguelMacklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Expect performances from Chris Brown, R. Kelly and others.

Meanwhile, Charlie Wilson will receive the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of his four decades in the entertainment industry.

This year’s line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that’s rocking the world right now,” says Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials. “We are especially excited as we move on up to the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. You know how we do. Big thangs shall indeed be poppin’. The BET Awards. Anything Can Happen…and most likely will.

For the first time this year, the general public can purchase tickets to the BET Awards with a BET Experience VIP Package, which also includes 3-day tickets to nightly concerts at the Staples Center.

The full list of nominees follow:

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

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

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

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems
French Montana f/ Rick Ross Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop That
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy

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

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Nicki Minaj
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – HYFR
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – Thrift Shop
Miguel – Adorn
Rihanna – Diamonds
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie
Kanye West f/ 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 
Tamela Mann 
Mary Mary 
Marvin Sapp

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

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

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

Best Movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
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 f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Miguel – Adorn
Rihanna – Diamonds
Justin Timberlake f/ 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: UK
Marsha Ambrosius 
Rita Ora 
Emeli Sande 

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The same actresses are nominated every year and for what? Being popular? Where is quvenzhane wallis, emayatzi and carmen ejogo nominations . smh


It's that time of the year again. Damn.

And I second the reaction on Cadillac sponsoring an award. What kind of fvckery is this? BET should add webseries and books to the category and have fresh faces to give awards to all around (it's pretty much the same people every year). Then again, that would mean they're keeping up with the times and ish.

Also, not surprised that Middle of Nowhere didn't get nomination, but a film by a white director did.


"Expect performances from Chris Brown, R. Kelly and others."

So classy, BET. So classy.

Adam Scott Thompson

The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Cadillac? You're fucking with me! LMBAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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