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Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson / LIVE from the Historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm* on BET

NEW YORK, NY – June 12, 2012 – With previously announced performers like Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, BET AWARDS 12 (#BETAWARDS) was already big, but it is about to get bigger! Known for delivering the most unforgettable live musical performances, BET AWARDS 12 has just added Usher, 2 Chainz and Big Sean to its performance lineup. Comedy heavy-hitters Kevin Hart and Cedric the Entertainer will join already announced superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson, as the first BET AWARDS 12 presenters.

Returning to the BET AWARDS stage after last year’s sidesplitting hosting gig, Kevin Hart, along with Cedric the Entertainer, are sure to bring the funny to the stage on Sunday, July 1st live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8:00 pm*.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will be honored with the prestigious “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms:

• On Twitter by using hashtag: #BETAWARDS, #2BIG2MISS; and following us @BETAWARDS.

• On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/TheBETAwards

• On Google plus at bet.us/gplusBET

The BET AWARDS 12 will premiere Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. BST across BET’s international platforms in the UK and Africa.

*All times are ET/PT.

Take a look at the full list of nominees below. Tune into the 2102 BET Awards when they air Sunday July 1st. You don’t want to miss Samuel L. Jackson hosting this year either.

Best International Act: Africa

Camp Mulla (Kenya)

Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Lira (South Africa)

Mokobe (Mali)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius

Beyoncé

Mary J. Blige

Melanie Fiona

Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Bruno Mars

Miguel

Trey Songz

Usher

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean

Drake

J. Cole

Lil Wayne

Rick Ross

Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj

Diamond

Trina

Brianna Perry

Best Group

Bad Meets Evil

Diddy-Dirty Money

Maybach Music Group

Mindless Behavior

The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky

Big Sean

Diggy

Future

Meek Mill

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé ft./ J. Cole – “Party””

Big Sean ft./ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”

DJ Khaled ft./ Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”

Drake ft./ Lil Wayne and Tyga – “The Motto”

The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”

Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – “Countdown”

Beyoncé – “Love on Top”

The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Ni**as in Paris”

The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Otis”

Usher – “Climax”

Video Director of the Year

Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson

Benny Boom

Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez

Kanye West

Hype Williams

Best Gospel

Yolanda Adams

Kim Burrell

James Fortune & FIYA

Fred Hammond

Trin-I-Tee 5:7

YoungStars Award

Astro

Diggy

Jacob Latimore

Keke Palmer

Willow Smith

Viewers’ Choice Award

Drake ft./ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”

Beyoncé – “Love on Top”

Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”

Mindless Behavior – “Hello”

The Throne ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”

Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Centric Award

Common

Estelle

Robert Glasper

Robin Thicke

Tyrese

Best International Act: U.K.

Estelle

Labrinth

Emeli Sande

Sway

Wretch 32

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Viola Davis

Taraji P. Henson

Regina King

Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

Don Cheadle

Common

Idris Elba

Kevin Hart

Denzel Washington

Best Movie

Good Deeds

Jumping the Broom

Laugh at My Pain

Red Tails

The Help

Sportswoman of the Year

Skylar Diggins

Candace Parker

Brittney Griner

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

LeBron James

Victor Cruz

Kevin Durant

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