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“Anything Can Happen” As The Line-Up Of Talent And Nominees Are Announced For This Year’s BET Awards ’13

betHip-Hop Artist Drake Takes Command with 12 Nominations while and 2 Chainz Are Tied with 8 Nominations

An Unprecedented 10 Nominees Rival For The Coveted “Video of the Year Award”

and R. Kelly Confirmed As the First Performers For This Year’s Awards Show

Legendary R&B Singer To Be Honored with the 2013 “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award”

LIVE from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. * ET/PT on BET Networks

at L.A. Live, a Three-Day Event Including Concerts, Comedy Shows, a Film Festival and a Fan Fest and Seminars, June 28-30, Culminates with the ’13

Earlier today, nominees were announced at the official BET Awards ’13 press conference in Los Angeles, by BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen G. Hill ; this year’s BET Awards ’13 host, blockbuster movie star and comedian ; R&B artist Chris Brown ; hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar; and singer and television personality . RFFocus was on hand at the  press conference for all the news, hilarity provided by Chris Tucker, and inside information.  One secret that came out is that Chris Brown has a new single with Aaliyah called “They Don’t Know” with never heard before vocals from the late great songtress.

Leading the pack of A-list nominees include, hip hop artist Drake, with an impressive 12 nominations including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year; close behind is breakthrough hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz tied with 8 nominations; A$AP Rocky with 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Video of the Year.

In what is sure to be a showdown of epic proportions, this year’s Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West , Justin Timberlake , Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , all vying to get their hands on the sought-after trophy.

During the press conference, Chris Brown was exclusively announced as the first confirmed performer. As an added bonus, R. Kelly is closing the BET Awards ’13 and will head over to the Staples Center immediately after to open the BET Experience concert. In addition, a living legend, Charlie Wilson was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor his four decades in the entertainment industry.

“This year’s line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that’s rocking the world right now,” says Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials. “We are especially excited as we move on up to the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. You know how we do. Big thangs shall indeed be poppin’. The BET Awards. Anything Can Happen”¦and most likely will.”
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The nominees for the BET Awards ’13 include:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyonce
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Justin Timberlake
Usher

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
Slaughterhouse
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
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
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake ““ No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar ““ Problems
Drake ““ Started From The Bottom
Drake f/ Lil Wayne ““ HYFR
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake ““ Poetic Justice
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz ““ Thrift Shop
Miguel ““ Adorn
Rihanna ““ Diamonds
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z ““ Suit & Tie
Kanye West f/ 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
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhane Wallis

Best Movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Sparkle
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 f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar ““ Problems
Drake ““ Started From The Bottom
Kendrick Lamar ““ Swimming Pools (Drank)
Miguel ““ Adorn
Rihanna ““ Diamonds
Justin Timberlake f/ 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: UK
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sande
Wiley

This year for the first time, the general public can purchase tickets to the BET Awards with a BET Experience VIP Package, which also includes 3-day tickets to nightly concerts at the Staples Center.

For 12 years, BET Networks has drawn music’s biggest talent to be part of the biggest night in music; the BET Awards. This year, the activity and excitement expands with the first ever BET EXPERIENCE AT LA. LIVE! This three-day festival filled with comedy, gospel and soulful music concerts, seminars, film screenings, “106 & PARK” tapings and so much more will build anticipation for the finest BET Awards show yet.

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