Sunday, May 19, 2013

BET Awards 13 Announcements - TV

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BET Awards 13 Announcements - TV

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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BET Awards 13 Announced With Drake Heading The Pack With 12 Nominations!

 Photos by RMMS

L-R: Chris Tucker, Chris Brown, Charlie Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, Tamar Braxton and moderator Stephen G. Hill, President of BET  Music Programing and Special Events
       The BET nominees were announced this week at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, located down the street from the Nokia Theatre where the BET Awards will be staged for the first time. Singer Tamar Braxton and rapper Kendrick Lamar, both of whom received nominations, started the announcements off by reading names of the nominees along with BET’s Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Special Events who hosted the press event. 

     Drake led the pack with 12 nods followed by Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight nods. A$AP Rocky has five with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel tied with four. Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, "Started from the Bottom," will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie") and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). The top award has 10 nominees, including Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," Kanye West's "Mercy," ''Adorn" by Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."

Singer Charlie Wilson, The 2013 BET  Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Charlie Wilson came on stage to comment on his receiving this year's Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award. He was followed on stage by Chris Brown who was announced as the first confirmed performer. Brown told those gathered that he "just wants to have fun" that night. "I always strive to give my fans what they want. I always want to bring something new and original." 

Chris Brown
Brown later reveal during the Q and A portion that he has finished the video for the song "They Don't Know" and that song features vocals from the late Aaliyah "that haven't been heard before." Another confirmed performer for the telecast will be R. Kelly. 

     This year's BET Awards will be a three day event titled “BET Experience At L.A. Live’ featuring concerts, comedy Shows, a film festival, a fan fest and Seminars from June 28-30 in partnership with AEG Live. The culmination will be the 13th Annual BET Awards broadcast “Live” from The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:PM ET/PT on the BET Networks.

   Superstar comic/actors Chris Tucker will bring his own special brand of insanity as BET Awards host. Often repeating and shouting the BET theme "Anything can happen,” throughout the press event, Tucker joked, "I don't know what I'm going to do... I might not even show up. So anything can happen."  Then Tucker quipped, "I’ve got to the check the mail?  That's the first thing at the BET Awards. You got to be paid."  Noting he was joking he added, "All money he gets goes to charity i.e., The Chris Tucker Foundation." 

Below is the full list of nominees:
BET Awards ’13 Nominations

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Elle Varner
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
Best Collaboration
2 Chainz feat. Drake: "No Lie"
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: "Fuckin' Problems"
French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne: "Pop That"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: "Poetic Justice"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: "Suit & Tie"
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: "Mercy"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Nicki Minaj
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake: "No Lie"
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: "Fuckin' Problems"

Drake: "Started From The Bottom"
Drake feat. Lil Wayne: "HYFR"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: "Poetic Justice"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz: "Thrift Shop"
Miguel: "Adorn"
Rihanna: "Diamonds"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: "Suit & Tie"

Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: "Mercy"
Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams
Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd
Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp
Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Movie
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap"
"Think Like a Man"
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: "Fuckin' Problems"
Drake: "Started From The Bottom"
Kendrick Lamar: "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Miguel: "Adorn"
Rihanna: "Diamonds"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: "Suit & Tie"

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton: "Love and War"
Fantasia: "Lose To Win"
Miguel: "Adorn"
Nas: "Daughters"
Charlie Wilson: "My Love Is All I Have"

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)

Best International Act: U.K.
Marsha Ambrosius
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé

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