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Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards Nominees, Chris Brown and R. Kelly to Perform

May 15, 2013 (3:29 am) GMT
The Toronto rapper earns the most nods with 12 going into the awards ceremony to be hosted by Chris Tucker.

Canadian rapper leads all nominees in this year's BET Awards, bagging a total of 12 nominations going into the June 30 awarding ceremony. To be hosted by comedian , the show will feature performances from hip-hop's finest, from young current superstar to veteran favorite .

The nominations, unveiled Tuesday, May 14 by BET in a Los Angeles press conference, revealed that the 26-year-old Drake got an even dozen nods which included the Best Male Hip-hop Artist award and the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award for "Started from the Bottom". For the Video of the Year category alone, the "5AM in Toronto" hitmaker got himself nominated a remarkable five times.

With one of the five being his "Started from the Bottom" solo project, the rest of the nods were for Drake's collaborations with other artists like on "No Lie", on "Poetic Justice" and on "F*ckin' Problems", which incidentally, also featured 2 Chainz and Lamar. The fourth collaboration to be nominated was Drake's own "HYFR" team-up with Cash Money Records boss , the only one not included in his Best Collaboration nods that he got, although it was easily filled up by his work on "Pop That" with , and Weezy.

Trailing Drake in the BET Awards nominations list are incidentally again, his collaborators 2 Chainz and Lamar with eight nods each, followed by A$AP Rocky and Roc Nation mogul with five, and closely behind with four apiece are Billboard chart-topper and "Adorn" singer .

2013 BET Awards Nominations
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Best Group Best Collaboration Best Male Hip Hop Artist Best Female Hip Hop Artist Video of the Year Video Director of the Year Best New Artist Best Gospel Artist Best Actress Best Actor YoungStars Award Best Movie Subway Sportswoman of the Year Subway Sportsman of the Year Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Centric Award Best International Act: Africa Best International Act: UK

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