LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, nominees were announced at the official BET Awards '13 press conference in Los Angeles, by BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen G. Hill ; this year's BET Awards '13 host, blockbuster movie star and comedian Chris Tucker ; R&B artist Chris Brown ; hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar; and singer and television personality Tamar Braxton .
Leading the pack of A-list nominees include, hip hop artist Drake, with an impressive 12 nominations including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year; close behind is breakthrough hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz tied with 8 nominations; A$AP Rocky with 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award and Video of the Year.
In what is sure to be a showdown of epic proportions, this year's Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West , Justin Timberlake , Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , all vying to get their hands on the sought-after trophy.During the press conference, Chris Brown was exclusively announced as the first confirmed performer. As an added bonus, R. Kelly is closing the BET Awards '13 and will head over to the Staples Center immediately after to open the BET Experience concert. In addition, a living legend, Charlie Wilson was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor 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." The nominees for the BET Awards '13 include: Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Beyonce Tamar Braxton Alicia KeysRihanna Elle Varner Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Chris Brown Bruno MarsMiguel Justin TimberlakeUsher Best Group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Mary MaryMindless BehaviorSlaughterhouseThe Throne ( Kanye West & Jay-Z) Best Collaboration 2 Chainz f/ Drake – No LieA$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ProblemsFrench Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop ThatKendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy Best Male Hip Hop Artist 2 ChainzA$AP RockyDrakeFutureKendrick Lamar Best Female Hip Hop Artist Azealia BanksEveNicki MinajRasheedaRye Rye Video of the Year 2 Chainz f/ Drake – No LieA$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ProblemsDrake – Started From The BottomDrake f/ Lil Wayne – HYFRKendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic JusticeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – Thrift ShopMiguel – AdornRihanna – Diamonds Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy Video Director of the Year A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca Benny BoomDirector XDre FilmsHype Williams Best New Artist Azealia BanksJoey Bada$$Kendrick LamarTrinidad Jame$The Weeknd Best Gospel Artist Deitrick HaddonLecrae Tamela Mann Mary Mary Marvin Sapp Best Actress Angela Bassett Halle BerryTaraji P. Henson Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Best Actor Don CheadleCommon Jamie Foxx Samuel L. Jackson Denzel Washington YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas Jacob Latimore Keke Palmer Jaden SmithQuvenzhane Wallis Best Movie Beasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedSomething from Nothing: The Art of RapSparkleThink Like A Man Subway Sportswoman of the Year Gabrielle Douglas Brittney Griner Candace Parker Serena Williams Venus Williams Subway Sportsman of the Year Victor Cruz Kevin Durant Robert Griffin III LeBron James Ray Lewis Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ProblemsDrake – Started From The BottomKendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)Miguel – AdornRihanna – Diamonds Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Centric Award Tamar Braxton – Love and WarFantasia – Lose To WinMiguel – AdornNas – 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 AmbrosiusEstelleLabrinth Rita Ora Emeli SandeWiley This year for the first time, 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.