By EW Staff
May 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM EDT
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Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below:Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius


Mary J. Blige

Melanie Fiona


Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Bruno Mars


Trey Songz


Best Group

Bad Meets Evil

DiddyDirty Money

Maybach Music Group

Mindless Behavior

The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé featuring J. Cole, “Party”

Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, “Marvin & Chardonnay”

DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, “I’m On One”

Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, “The Motto”

The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis”

Wale featuring Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Best Male HipHop Artist

Big Sean


J. Cole

Lil Wayne

Rick Ross

Young Jeezy

Best Female HipHop Artist


Nicki Minaj

Brianna Perry


Video of the Year

Beyoncé, “Countdown”

Beyoncé, “Love On Top”

The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West), “Nas in Paris”

The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis”? Usher, “Climax”

Video Director of the Year

Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson

Benny Boom

Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez

Kanye West

Hype Williams

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky

Big Sean



Meek Mill

Best Gospel

Yolanda Adams

Kim Burrell

James Fortune & FIYA

Fred Hammond

TrinITee 5:7

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Viola Davis

Taraji P. Henson

Regina King

Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

Don Cheadle


Idris Elba

Kevin Hart

Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award



Jacob Latimore

Keke Palmer

Willow Smith

Best Movie

Good Deeds

Jumping the Broom

Laugh at My Pain

Red Tails

The Help

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Skylar Diggins

Brittney Griner

Candace Parker

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

Victor Cruz

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

CocaCola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyoncé, “Love on Top”

Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, “The Motto”

Mindless Behavior, “Hello”

The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis”

Wale featuring Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Centric Award



Robert Glasper

Robin Thicke


Best International Act: Africa

Camp Mulla (Kenya)

Ice Prince (Nigeria)

Lira (South Africa)

Mokobe (Mali)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.



Emeli Sandé


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