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May 22, 2012
THE THRONE, BEYONCE Lead BET Awards Nominations!

BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne.

Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year (“N***as in Paris” and “Otis”). (West earned solo nominations for Best Director and Best Collaboration, giving him seven overall nods.)

But the regal rappers’ project comes second to Beyonce, who scored six nominations, including Best Female R&B Artist.

Ceremony host Samuel L. Jackson appeared via video at Tuesday’s nominations announcement, which saw A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona and others reveal the slate of nominees.

In the first round of announced performers, this year’s ceremony will see appearances from Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown, as well as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

The BET Awards will air July 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. View the complete nominees list below: 

Best Female R&B Artist 
Marsha Ambrosius 
Mary J. Blige 
Melanie Fiona 

Best Male R&B Artist 
Chris Brown 
Bruno Mars 
Trey Songz 

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 
J. Cole 
Lil Wayne 
Rick Ross 
Young Jeezy 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 
Nicki Minaj 
Brianna Perry 

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 
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 
Idris Elba 
Kevin Hart 
Denzel Washington 

YoungStars Award 
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 
Robert Glasper 
Robin Thicke 

Best International Act: Africa 
Camp Mulla (Kenya) 
Ice Prince (Nigeria) 
Lira (South Africa) 
Mokobe (Mali) 
Sarkodie (Ghana) 
Wizkid (Nigeria) 

Best International Act: UK 
Emeli Sandé 
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