BET Awards nominations: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z

Via Washington Post

The BET awards nominees were announced Tuesday, with Kanye West leading the pack with seven nominations, including two ‘Video of the Year’ nominations for ‘N— in Paris’ and ‘Otis.’

Beyoncé came in a close second with six nominations, including ‘Best Female R&B Artist’ alongside Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Her husband Jay-Z also earned five nominations.

(L-R) Rapper Astro Kid, rapper ASAP Rocky, rapper Big Sean, R&B artist Melanie Fiona, rapper Diggy Simmons and DJ Khaled attend the BET Awards ‘12 Nominations Press Conference at BET Studios on May 22, 2012 in New York City

Other artists up for awards are Drake, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy for categories from ‘Best Male R&B Artist’ to ‘Best New Artist.’

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown are slated to perform on the star-studded night. Veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson will host the awards show, which will air on July 1st from Los Angeles.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will also be honored with a lifetime achievement award.

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