The 2013 BET Awards will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2013. The awards ceremony recognizes Americans in music, movies, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Chris Tucker will host the event. The BET Awards nominations were announced May 14, 2013 at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up the street from the Nokia Theatre, where the BET Awards will be staged for the first time.
Chris Brown was announced as the first confirmed performer. Charlie Wilson was announced as this year's Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award honouree. R. Kelly will also perform at the awards show. This year's show will be the culmination of the cable network's first ever BET Experience, a three-day music and lifestyle fest done in partnership with AEG Live.
NominationsAnnouncing the nominations were Tamar Braxton and Kendrick Lamar each of whom also received nominations.
Drake leads with 12 nods, followed by Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight nods. A$AP Rocky has five with Jay-Z, while Justin Timberlake and Miguel are tied with four. Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, Video of the Year. His hit single " Started from the Bottom" and "HYFR" will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("NoLie"), Kendrick Lamar ("Poetic Justice"),and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). The top award, Video of the Year, has 10 nominees for the first time ever, including Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie", Kanye West's "Mercy", Miguel's "Adorn", Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Macklemore's & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop". With her eighth nomination, Beyoncé tied Mary J. Blige for the most nominations received for Best Female R&B Artist.