2012 BET Awards: Samuel L. Jackson to host while Kanye West leads nominees

samuel-l-jackson-2012-bet-awards-host Kanye West is in the running in seven categories for the 2012 BET Awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday (May 22) in New York, along with the news that Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the yearly fest.

West was closely followed by Beyonce, with six nominations, and his "Watch the Throne" collaborator (and Beyonce's husband) Jay-Z, who snagged five nominations.

The awards will be held July 1 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with performances from Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, among others.

The full list of nominees follows:

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 featuring J. Cole, "Party"
• Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, "Marvin & Chardonnay"
• DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, "I'm On One"
• Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
• The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
• Wale featuring 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) featuring 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

Young Stars 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 featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
• Mindless Behavior,  "Hello"
• The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
• Wale featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Centric Award

• Common
• Estelle
• Robert Glasper
• Robin Thicke
• Tyrese

Best International Act: Africa

• Camp Mulla (Kenya)
• Ice Prince (Nigeria)
• Lira (South Africa)
• Mokobe (Mali)
• Sarkodie (Ghana)
• Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.

• Estelle
• Labrinth
• Emeli Sandé
• Sway
• Wretch 32
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