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The BET Awards

Genres: Music, Award Shows, Specials
Broadcast on: SABC1, BET International, MTV Base, BET Africa, BET2

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Season 12

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
BET 01 Jul 2012 01 Jul 2012 Sunday 1
BET International 03 Jul 2012 03 Jul 2012 Tuesdays, 21h00 - 00h00 1
SABC1 30 Dec 2012 30 Dec 2012 Sundays, 20h00 - 23h00 1


Season 12

The BET Awards 2012 was billed as "Too Big To Miss" and the network brought out the big guns for hosting the 2012 Awards ceremony. During a press conference held at BET's New York studios, it was announced that actor Samuel L. Jackson would be this year's host.

The selection of Jackson was a departure from years past when comedians like Mo'Nique and Kevin Hart hosted the show. But BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen G. Hill, was confident that The Avengers star would more than fit the bill.

In addition, the members of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly received the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award and Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj performed.

As for nominees, Kanye West led the pack with seven, followed by Beyonce and Jay-Z with six and five respectively. The extended Carter family dominated the Video of The Year category with Countdown, Love On Top, Otis and N*ggas In Paris crowding the list, leaving only Usher's Climax as the lone outsider.

West was closely followed by Beyonce, with six nominations, and his Watch the Throne collaborator (and Beyonce's husband) Jay-Z, who snagged five nominations.

The awards were held on 1 July at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with performances from Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, among others.

2012 Winners

Best International Act: Africa

Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj
Diamond
Trina
Brianna Perry

Best Group

Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best New Artist

A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy
Future
Meek Mill

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé ft. J. Cole – "Party"
Big Sean ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – "Marvin & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne – "I'm On One"
Drake ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – "The Motto"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) ft. Otis Redding – "Otis"
Wale ft. Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – "Countdown"
Beyoncé – "Love on Top"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – "Ni**as in Paris"
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – "Otis"
Usher – "Climax"

Video Director of the Year

Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best Gospel

Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

YoungStars Award

Astro
Diggy
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Viewers' Choice Award

Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga – "The Motto"
Beyoncé – "Love on Top"
Chris Brown – "Turn Up the Music"
Mindless Behavior – "Hello"
The Throne ft. Otis Redding – "Otis"
Wale ft. Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Centric Award

Common
Estelle
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke
Tyrese

Best International Act: U.K.

Estelle
Labrinth
Emeli Sande
Sway
Wretch 32

Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

Don Cheadle
Common
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Best Movie

Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Sportswoman of the Year

Skylar Diggins
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant

FANdemonium Award

Chris Brown

BET Lifetime Achievement Award

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

BET Humanitarian Award

Rev. Al Sharpton

About the BET Awards

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

The awards are presented annually, and they are broadcast live on BET.

BET commissioned Artist/Sculptor and Hip Hop culture icon Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture.

The BET Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award recipients, along with the nominees for other categories are announced in a press conference. At the awards ceremony a mini-documentary is shown covering the honorees' life. The awards are given out separately.

The BET Lifetime Achievement Award is given a veteran artist or group who has made notable contributions to the music industry. The honoree is paid tribute to by current popular singers who perform the honoree's most recognized songs. The honoree will usually perform themselves after being paid tribute.

In 2002, at the second annual BET Awards, the category for the BET Award Humanitarian Award was created. The Humanitarian Award is given to a celebrity philanthropist who donates their time and money to a charitable cause.


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