I’M KENDRICK LAMAR: Compton hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar garnered eight BET Award nominations and is shown here on the red carpet at L.A.’s Icon Ultra Lounge on May 14 in downtown Los Angeles. VALERIE GOODLOE FOR SENTINEL
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN: BET Awards|13 host Chris Tucker is shown here at the all star presser held this week downtown to announce the nominations. Tucker playing to the themes of ‘Anything Can Happen’ quipped that he might not even show up. VALERIE GOODLOE FOR SENTINEL
Joined on stage by Chris Brown, Chris Tucker, Charlie Wilson
and Tamar Braxton local phenom is prime choice at L.A.’s Icon Ultra Lounge
Black Entertainment Television (BET) rolled out its heavy hitters for the launching of BET Awards|13 and BET Experience weekend at L.A. Live from June 28-30, at an all star presser on Tuesday May 14 at L.A.’s Icon Ultra Lounge in downtown Los Angeles.
Hosted by the BET President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen G. Hill, a galaxy of entertainment media reps showed up in force to catch rising hip hop star Kendrick Lamar, super-star Chris Brown, actor/comedian and award show host Christ Tucker, and singer and television personality Tamar Braxton.
Hip–hop slugger Drake led all artists with 12 nominations, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year, but Compton sensation Lamar was right behind with eight nominations.
Brown who has won more BET Awards than any other performer made the announcement of the nominations which also included eight for 2Chainz, A$AP Rocky with five; while Jay Z was among the other leaders with four nominations.
Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, "Started from the Bottom," will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie") and A$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."
Charlie Wilson was announced as this year's Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. He was on hand for the press conference as was Chris Brown.
Brown was announced as the first confirmed performer. He told those gathered that he "just wants to have fun" that night. "I always strive to give fans what they want. I always want to bring something new and original." Brown also noted during the Q&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."
R. Kelly will also perform at the awards show, to air live June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. This year's BET Awards will be the culmination of the cable net's first ever BET Experience, a three-day music and lifestyle fest done in partnership with AEG Live that will also feature ‘A Taste of Taste of Soul.’
Chris Tucker will bring his own special brand of levity as BET Awards host. Riffing on the BET theme "Anything can happen," Tucker joked, "I don't know what I'm going to do... I might not show up. So anything can happen."
Check out the full list of nominees at lasentinel.net
Here’s the full list of nominees for the BET Awards ’13.
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop That
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – Poetic Justice
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – Suit & Tie
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – HYFR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – Thrift Shop
Miguel – Adorn
Rihanna – Diamonds
Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
Taraji P. Henson
Samuel L. Jackson
Young Stars Award
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Think Like A Man
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Robert Griffin III
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Tamar Braxton – Love and War
Fantasia – Lose To Win
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)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Best International Act: UK