BET Awards Announced

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The BET Award nominations have been announced!

A press conference held by BET president Stephen Hill occurred on May 22 in New York City.  Also on hand were Big Sean, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, Diggy, Mindless Behavior and Melanie Fiona.

Kanye West leads the nominations pack with seven, including two for Video of the Year.  Beyonce has six nominations, while her husband Jay-Z earned five.

Big Sean was excited over his three nominations, especially for the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, where he’s up against Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy.

Others nominated included Chris Brown, Usher and Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B, while Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna are up against each other in the Best Female category.  Up for Best Group is The Throne, Diddy-Dirty Money, Maybach Music Group and Eminem’s Bad Meets Evil, while Nicki Minaj appears to be the favorite for Best Female Hip Hop.

The 2012 BET Awards will premiere July 1, live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and hosted by Samuel L. Jackson.

For a full list of categories and nominees, click here.

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