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Drake leads 2013 BET Awards with 12 nominations

City News Service | 5/14/2013, 9:18 a.m.

Hip Hop artist Drake earned a leading 12 nominations today for the 2013 BET Awards, while fellow Hip Hop act Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz earned eight each.

Drake was nominated five times in the video of the year category, which also features big names such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz and Miguel.

The nominations were announced in downtown Los Angeles by BET executives, show host Chris Tucker, Lamar and R&B singer Chris Brown. Brown and R. Kelly are among those expected to perform during the awards ceremony, which will be held June 30 at the Nokia Theatre.

Here is a complete list of nominees:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
* Beyonce
* Tamar Braxton
* Alicia Keys
* Rihanna
* Elle Varner

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

Best Group
* Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
* Mary Mary
* Mindless Behavior
* Slaughterhouse
* 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
* Drake
* Future
* Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
* Azealia Banks
* Eve
* Nicki Minaj
* Rasheeda
* 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
* Lecrae
* Tamela Mann
* Mary Mary
* Marvin Sapp

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

Best Actor
* Don Cheadle
* Common
* 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"
* "Sparkle"
* "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
* Estelle
* Labrinth
* Rita Ora
* Emeli Sande
* Wiley