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Samuel L. Jackson Set To HOST The 2012 BET Awards, PERFORMANCES From Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown + Beyonce & Kanye Lead The Nominations

The host, performers & nominees for the 2012 BET Awards have just been announced.  Your favorite actors and hip hop & R&B artists will be taking over this July.  And there's also Whitney Houston tribute on deck. TheYBF.com was on hand for today's press conference and we've got all the details inside...

Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson has been announced as host of the 2012 BET Awards, taking place July 1st in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. Sam missed today's press conference as he is currently in New Orleans filming Django Unchained with Kerry Washington & Jamie Foxx.

BET's Executive VP of Programming, Stephen Hill, revealed the first two performers on the list that will grow throughout the summer.  And it's rapper/singers Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown who are set to rock the stage during this year's awards.

As for musical tributes--that's a Yes.  Mr. Hill specifically revealed there will be a tribute to Whitney Houston and possibly others.  Who will perform the Whitney tribute is yet to be answered.

Astro of "X-Factor," ASAP Rocky, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Diggy Simmons, DJ Khaled and Mindless Behavior were all on hand to announce the 2012 BET Award nominees.  Beyonce leads the female pack with 6, while Kanye West copped 7 (5 of which are as part of The Throne).  The nominations are:

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Diamond
Trina
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
Drake
J Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce da 5'9)
Diddy/Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
The Throne (Jay-Z/Kanye)
Mindless Behavior

Best Female R/B Arist
Marsha Ambrosius
Beyonce
Mary J Blige
Melanie Fiona
Rihanna

Best Male R/B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Usher
Trey Songz

Best Collaboration of the Year
Beyonce ft. J Cole- "Party"
Big Sean ft. Kanye- "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled & Crew- "I'm On One"
Drake, Tyga, Lil Wayne-"The Motto"
Wale/Miguel-"Lotus Flower Bomb"
Kanye/Jay Z- "Otis"

Best New Artist
ASAP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy
Future
Meek Millz

Video of the Year
Beyonce-Countdown

Beyonce-Love On Top
The Throne-Ni**as in Paris

The Throne-Otis
Usher-Climax

Director of the Year
Beyonce (Alan Ferguson)
Chris Brown (Godfrey T)
Kanye West

Hype Williams

Benny Boom

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant
Victor Cruz
Lebron James

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping The Broom
Laugh At My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Coco Cola Viewers Choice Award
Beyonce- Love On Top
Chris Brown- Turn Up The Music
Mindless Behavior- Hello
The Throne- Otis
Wale & Miguel- Lotus Flower Bomb
Drake ft. Tyga & Lil Wayne- The Motto

Best Actors
Don Cheadle
Common
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Best Actress
Angela Basset
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson

Young Stars
Diggy Simmons
Astro
Keke Palmer
Jacob Latimore
Willow Smith

Best Gospel Artists
Yolanda Adams
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Kim Burrell
Trinitee 5:7

Centric Award
Common
Estelle
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke
Tyrese

Rounding out the Award Show, the legendary Frankie Beverly & Maze will receive the Cadillac Achievement Award.  Mr. Beverly revealed at today's press conference that he originally turned down the award, but realized being on tour for 20 years with no current album out was something to be proud of indeed.

By the way, the 2013 BET Awards will move to the Kodak Theater. 

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Lets be real they need the

Lets be real they need the big shots for rating no one gives a fuck about half the ppl you guys said lmao BET wants bey and jay eyc to actually show up this year in my opinion four was not her best but i still live for bey
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Lets be real they need the

Lets be real they need the big shots for rating no one gives a fuck about half the ppl you guys said lmao BET wants bey and jay eyc to actually show up this year in my opinion four was not her best but i still live for bey
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Lets be real they need the

Lets be real they need the big shots for rating no one gives a fuck about half the ppl you guys said lmao BET wants bey and jay eyc to actually show up this year in my opinion four was not her best but i still live for bey
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Lets be real they need the

Lets be real they need the big shots for rating no one gives a fuck about half the ppl you guys said lmao BET wants bey and jay eyc to actually show up this year in my opinion four was not her best but i still live for bey
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It's no surprise Bey and Ye

It's no surprise Bey and Ye leads.....smh BET SUCKS!!!! Well we know she will definitely win the award for WORST Fake Pregnancy!!!!
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This is a TOTAL JOKE. BET,

This is a TOTAL JOKE. BET, the whole channel is GARBAGE. I don't get how Bey got nominated twice for video of the year. There are other female artists who deserve nomination because Bey is not the only one.
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I agree

I agree
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since they will rerun this

since they will rerun this until xmas 2015, i'll catch it then.
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Beyonce started out on the

Beyonce started out on the BET Awards now she's too big to even appear on the show. BET always nominate entertainers who fail to show up at their show....black people supporting black people huh..SMH. JayZ, Kanye,RiRi, Usher...none of them will be there.
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Exactly! And it's always

Exactly! And it's always BEYONCE STANS pulling the" BLACK-CARD" everytime someone has a different opinion from theirs. Black journalist HONORED her work) Did she show up? EXACTLY! Black people are damned if we do - damned if we don't.
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why do they have a best

why do they have a best female rap category???? not a fan of nicki, but i havent heard any new music from the other nominees. they could have atleast through lil kim in that bunch, eventhough nicki minaj is going to win. i dont understand why jumping the broom is in the movie category, movie been out 2-3yrs ago. neither of those videos from Beyonce should be in the video of the year category. there's so many better videos. BET is getting lazy by the minute. i like Beyonce & 4 album, but it wasn't the best as far as videos & songs
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Based on this yrs nominations

Based on this yrs nominations it should be called The Carter awards. I havent tuned in to a BET awards show in yrs and every year I read the reports after the fact, it solidifies my decision to boycott.
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Sorry typo, Donna Summer...

Sorry typo, Donna Summer...
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The Frankie Beverly & maxe

The Frankie Beverly & maxe tribute will be off the chain. I hope they tribute Donna Dummer as well.
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Dont see the point of any

Dont see the point of any awards shows today due to the very FACT that music aint bout nothin anymore. Its just a bunch of noise and those who are on top is majority all hyped, no real talent. SMH SMH SMH......and why is there always the same folk in the same category every year???? All this talent in the world and this is all they got? Really????
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These awards are a joke and

These awards are a joke and are so fake! 4 was Beyonce's worse CD, yet she's topping all of the categories. And why is her Party version with J.Cole being nominated instead of Andre 3000? As far as a Whitney tribute, I hope they come correct or don't come at all. Their tributes are epic disasters.
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BET, BET, BET...what is the

BET, BET, BET...what is the problem? I love Beyonce and a lot of the others, but come on Beyonce and Jay Z twice in a category each??? That has never happened to anyone in the history of award shows, but oh Jay Z and Beyonce can do that. Plzzz.. If that's not rigged up then i don't know what is. The video Countdown was not even that hot or Love on Top even tho the songs are amazing. It seems like these awards are rigged up so she can win in every single category. I agree with one of the other comments that Rihanna had an amazing year. We found Love video, Man Down, What's my name??? Come on now. There should have also been more of a variety of actors and actresses such as Laz Alonzo and Paula Patton mentioned before. Other R&B singers like Monica, Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland, etc should have more recognition. BET continues to show NO VARIETY and nominate the same ppl over and over without recognizing the other artists that have made a difference in music today. I continue to SMH like who comes up with these? And the director of the year category? Such a joke.
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Why is Carmelo Anthony

Why is Carmelo Anthony nominated?? BET please step your sports game up. I'd rather have Jeremy Lin, Chris Paul or one of the Celtics as a nominee.
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Because he's on a show with

Because he's on a show with LaLa. They're interested in ratings not in giving awards to those that actually deserve it. I agree Chris Paul would've been a much better choice, even Russell Westbrook. At least some who made it out of the 1st round.
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Kevin Durant Better Win!!!!!

Kevin Durant Better Win!!!!!
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Kobe.!!!

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Kobe.!!!

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Bet sucks not worth watching anymore
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It is very sad when BET award

It is very sad when BET award nominations have the exact same artists that are usually on MTVs awards list. This station has lost its way and decided not to appreciate all the diversity in our music and films for this awards show. I am a Beyonce, Kanye, Jay-Z fan all the way, but I cannot believe that BET has ignored artists like Jill Scott in the R&B category repeatedly over the years. And Kelly Rowland had the biggest hit last summer and should have been nominated. BET continues to prove that as a network, it cannot help but default to whatever is "hot" in the moment. They have dropped the ball on The Game and this awards show continues to become a string of Maybach/YMCMB shucking and jiving minstrel show. So sad...
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Why isn't Kelly nominated her

Why isn't Kelly nominated her album came out after Beyonce's?
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Why isn't Kelly nominated her

Why isn't Kelly nominated her album came out after Beyonce's?
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Why isn't Kelly nominated her

Why isn't Kelly nominated her album came out after Beyonce's?
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Why isn't Kelly nominated her

Why isn't Kelly nominated her album came out after Beyonce's?
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I don't get these so-called

I don't get these so-called categories or nominations *scratches head* BET needs to clean house & start fresh. With that said, go Bey, Kanye & CBreezy! Hope they all win big & p.s. PLEASE don't let Nicki Minaj perform *prayers going up&
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What happened to Laz Alonso

What happened to Laz Alonso and Paula Patton nominations for Best Actor & Actress? Keep in mind Laz did win the NAACP Award for Best Actor for his role in "Jumping The Broom" and why isn't Jill Scott nominated for best R&B Female and Centric Award
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I hope the people nominated

I hope the people nominated at least show up to the award show. I think its so disrespectful when they dont.
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And where is Monica????

And where is Monica????
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i know dats what i said u

i know dats what i said u know what they are really starting to piss me off 4 not putting the real rnb artist in like monica they did not put her in the 2011 bet awards.UGH!!!
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And why isn't Mary Mary

And why isn't Mary Mary nominated??? I hate BET
Anonymous's picture

The Video of the Year

The Video of the Year category is a joke!
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Awww, Frankie Beverly is so

Awww, Frankie Beverly is so humble : )
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BET awards have been a wreck

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Video of the Year what a

Video of the Year what a joke, i havent watched any of those videos more than once Yawn!...rihanna hands down has the best videos, lil wayne drake chris brown all had good videos...ymcmb and mmg along with others should boycott the awards its clearly bias and see who will watch it then
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