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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO ) 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$AP Rocky with 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlakeand Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award and Video of the Year. In what is sure to be a showdown of epic proportions, this year's Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$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 ArtistBeyonce Tamar BraxtonAlicia KeysRihanna Elle VarnerBest Male R&B/Pop ArtistChris BrownBruno MarsMiguel Justin TimberlakeUsher Best GroupMacklemore & Ryan LewisMary MaryMindless BehaviorSlaughterhouseThe Throne ( Kanye West & Jay-Z) Best Collaboration2 Chainz f/ Drake – No LieA$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ProblemsFrench Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop ThatKendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy Best Male Hip Hop Artist2 ChainzA$AP RockyDrakeFutureKendrick Lamar Best Female Hip Hop ArtistAzealia BanksEveNicki MinajRasheedaRye Rye Video of the Year2 Chainz f/ Drake – No LieA$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – ProblemsDrake – Started From The BottomDrake f/ Lil Wayne – HYFRKendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic JusticeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – Thrift ShopMiguel – AdornRihanna – Diamonds Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy Video Director of the YearA$AP Rocky & Sam LeccaBenny BoomDirector XDre FilmsHype Williams Best New ArtistAzealia BanksJoey Bada$$Kendrick LamarTrinidad Jame$The Weeknd Best Gospel ArtistDeitrick HaddonLecrae Tamela MannMary MaryMarvin SappBest ActressAngela BassettHalle BerryTaraji P. Henson Gabrielle UnionKerry WashingtonBest ActorDon CheadleCommon Jamie FoxxSamuel L. JacksonDenzel WashingtonYoungStars AwardGabrielle Douglas Jacob LatimoreKeke PalmerJaden SmithQuvenzhane Wallis Best MovieBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedSomething from Nothing: The Art of RapSparkleThink Like A Man Subway Sportswoman of the YearGabrielle Douglas Brittney GrinerCandace ParkerSerena WilliamsVenus WilliamsSubway Sportsman of the YearVictor Cruz Kevin DurantRobert Griffin IIILeBron JamesRay LewisCoca-Cola Viewers' Choice AwardA$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 AwardTamar Braxton – Love and WarFantasia – Lose To WinMiguel – AdornNas – Daughters Charlie Wilson – My Love Is All I Have Best International Act: Africa2Face Idibia ( Nigeria)Toya Delazy ( South Africa)Donald ( South Africa)Ice Prince ( Nigeria)R2Bees ( Ghana)Radio and Weasel ( Uganda) Best International Act: UKMarsha AmbrosiusEstelleLabrinth Rita OraEmeli 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.