Canadian rapper Drake 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 Chris Tucker, the show will feature performances from hip-hop's finest, from young current superstar Chris Brown to veteran favorite R. Kelly.
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 2 Chainz on "No Lie", Kendrick Lamar on "Poetic Justice" and A$AP Rocky on "F*ckin' Problems", which incidentally, also featured 2 Chainz and Lamar. The fourth collaboration to be nominated was Drake's own "HYFR" team-up with Cash Money Records boss Lil Wayne, the only one not included in his Best Collaboration nods that he got, although it was easily filled up by his work on "Pop That" with French Montana, Rick Ross and Weezy.
Trailing Drake in the BET Awards nominations list are incidentally again, his collaborators 2 Chainz and Lamar with eight nods each, followed by A$AP Rocky and Roc Nation mogul Jay-Z with five, and closely behind with four apiece are Billboard chart-topper Justin Timberlake and "Adorn" singer Miguel.
2013 BET Awards Nominations
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist