Samuel L. Jackson Set To HOST The 2012 BET Awards, PERFORMANCES From Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown + Beyonce & Kanye Lead The Nominations
The host, performers & nominees for the 2012 BET Awards have just been announced. Your favorite actors and hip hop & R&B artists will be taking over this July. And there's also Whitney Houston tribute on deck. TheYBF.com was on hand for today's press conference and we've got all the details inside...
Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson has been announced as host of the 2012 BET Awards, taking place July 1st in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. Sam missed today's press conference as he is currently in New Orleans filmingDjango Unchained with Kerry Washington & Jamie Foxx.
BET's Executive VP of Programming, Stephen Hill, revealed the first two performers on the list that will grow throughout the summer. And it's rapper/singers Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown who are set to rock the stage during this year's awards.
As for musical tributes--that's a Yes. Mr. Hill specifically revealed there will be a tribute to Whitney Houston and possibly others. Who will perform the Whitney tribute is yet to be answered.
Astro of "X-Factor," ASAP Rocky, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Diggy Simmons, DJ Khaled and Mindless Behavior were all on hand to announce the 2012 BET Award nominees. Beyonce leads the female pack with 6, while Kanye Westcopped 7 (5 of which are as part of The Throne). The nominations are:
(I really wonder where they get the nominees from im starting to think they pulled it from someone's ASSETS)
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Big Sean Drake J Cole Lil Wayne Rick Ross Young Jeezy
(Damn im surprised 2chainz wasn't included)
Best Group Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce da 5'9) Diddy/Dirty Money Maybach Music Group The Throne (Jay-Z/Kanye) Mindless Behavior
Best Female R/B Arist Marsha Ambrosius Beyonce Mary J Blige Melanie Fiona Rihanna
Best Male R/B Artist Chris Brown Bruno Mars Miguel Usher Trey Songz
Best Collaboration of the Year Beyonce ft. J Cole- "Party" Big Sean ft. Kanye- "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" DJ Khaled & Crew- "I'm On One" Drake, Tyga, Lil Wayne-"The Motto" Wale/Miguel-"Lotus Flower Bomb" Kanye/Jay Z- "Otis"
Best New Artist ASAP Rocky Big Sean Diggy Future Meek Millz
Video of the Year Beyonce-Countdown
Beyonce-Love On Top The Throne-Ni**as in Paris
The Throne-Otis Usher-Climax
Director of the Year Beyonce (Alan Ferguson) Chris Brown (Godfrey T) Kanye West
Subway Sportsman of the Year Carmelo Anthony Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant Victor Cruz Lebron James
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Skylar Diggins Brittney Griner Candace Parker Serena Williams Venus Williams
Best Movie Good Deeds Jumping The Broom Laugh At My Pain Red Tails The Help
Coco Cola Viewers Choice Award Beyonce- Love On Top Chris Brown- Turn Up The Music Mindless Behavior- Hello The Throne- Otis Wale & Miguel- Lotus Flower Bomb Drake ft. Tyga & Lil Wayne- The Motto
Best Actors Don Cheadle Common Kevin Hart Denzel Washington
Best Actress Angela Basset Regina King Zoe Saldana Viola Davis Taraji P. Henson
Young Stars Diggy Simmons Astro Keke Palmer Jacob Latimore Willow Smith
Best Gospel Artists Yolanda Adams James Fortune & FIYA Fred Hammond Kim Burrell Trinitee 5:7
Centric Award Common Estelle Robert Glasper Robin Thicke Tyrese
Rounding out the Award Show, the legendary Frankie Beverly & Maze will receive the Cadillac Achievement Award. Mr. Beverly revealed at today's press conference that he originally turned down the award, but realized being on tour for 20 years with no current album out was something to be proud of indeed.
By the way, the 2013 BET Awards will move to the Kodak Theater.