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Drake Owns BET Awards ’13 With Jaw-Dropping 12 Nominations

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The BET Awards ’13 announced its nominees today (May 14), and Drake came away with the most nods by far, landing a total of 12 nominations. Cue “Started From the Bottom.”

The Take Care rapper is up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist (against A$AP Rocky, Future, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar); has four entries in the Best Collaboration category (his appearances in 2 Chainz’s “No Lie,” A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems,” French Montana’s “Pop That,” and Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice”); five shots at Video of the Year (his own “Started From the Bottom” and “HYFR” clips will compete against his cameos in “No Lie,” “Fuckin’ Problems,” and “Poetic Justice”); and Drizzy occupies two slots in the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award group (“Started From the Bottom” and “Fuckin’ Problems”).

Kendrick Lamar, SPIN’s pick for Hottest MC in the Game, is tied with 2 Chainz for the second-most nominations — they each earned a respectable eight nods. A$AP Rocky pulled in five, while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Miguel each received four. 

As for the ladies, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton, Alicia Keys, and Elle Varner were all recognized in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist designation. Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Eve, Rye Rye, and Rasheeda are all squaring off for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.

JT, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Usher, and Chris Brown are all duking it out for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, while the Best New Artist trophy will be won by one of the following: Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, and Azealia Banks. 

The night’s biggest award, Video of the Year, has 10 potential winners: Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” and “HYFR,” 2 Chainz’s “No Lie,” A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Miguel’s “Adorn,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” and Kanye West’s epic “Mercy,” which topped SPIN’s list of the 40 Best Songs of 2012.

Chris Brown and R. Kelly will take the stage as performers during the BET Awards ’13, and Chris Tucker will host. The event will broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on June 30.

This year’s BET Awards will be the culmination of the first annual BET Experience, a three-day festival happening in L.A. from June 28 to 30. Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, and the Roots are among the artists booked for the BET Experience.

Scroll down for the full list of BET Awards ’13 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