USHER, 2 CHAINZ AND BIG SEAN JOIN CHRIS BROWN AND NICKI MINAJ AS PERFORMERS FOR BET AWARDS 12

With previously announced performers like Chris Brown and Nicki MinajBET AWARDS 12 (#BETAWARDS) was already going to be big, but it is just about to get a whole lot bigger!  Known for delivering the most unforgettable live musical performances, BET AWARDS 12 has just added Usher2 Chainz and Big Sean to its performance line-up. Comedy heavy-hitters Kevin Hart and Cedric the Entertainer will join already announced superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson, as the first BET AWARDS 12 presenters. 
 
Returning to the BET AWARDS stage after last year’s sidesplitting hosting gig, Kevin Hart, along with Cedric the Entertainer, is sure to bring the funny to the BET AWARDS stage when the event takes place on Sunday 1 July at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
 
US R&B/Soul/Funk group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will be honoured at BET AWARDS 12 with the prestigious “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.”
 
The nominees for the BET AWARDS 12 include:
 
Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
 
Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Rihanna
 
Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
Usher
 
Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
 
Best Collaboration
Beyoncé f/ J. Cole – “Party”
Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy
 
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Diamond
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry
Trina
 
Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “Countdown”
Beyoncé – “Love On Top”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “N***as in Paris”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Usher – “Climax”
 
Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams
 
Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy
Future
Meek Mill
 
Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7
 
Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
 
Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington
 

YoungStars Award
Astro
Diggy
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith
 
Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping The Broom
Laugh At My Pain
Red Tails
The Help
 
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
 
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
 
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
Beyoncé – “Love On Top”
Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
Mindless Behavior – “Hello”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
 
Centric Award
Common
Estelle
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke
Tyrese
 
Best International Act: UK
Estelle
Labrinth
Emeli Sandé
Sway
Wretch 32
 
Join the conversation about BET AWARDS 12 on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms:
·        On Twitter by using hashtag: #BETAWARDS, #2BIG2MISS; and following us @BETAWARDS.
·        On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/TheBETAwards
·        On Google plus at bet.us/gplusBET
 
The BET AWARDS 12 will premiere Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 20:00 WAT/21:00 CAT/22:00 EAT on BET in Africa.  MTV Base viewers will also have a chance to view the show on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) at 21:00 on Monday 16 July (repeats: 18 July @ 17.30 CAT; 20 July @ 13.00 CAT;  21 July @ 17.30 CAT and 22 July @ 08.00 CAT).
Source: Press Release
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