Drake leads BET Awards with 12 nominations

Rapper Drake
Rapper Drake has been nominated for 12 prizes at the 2013 BET Awards. The rapper appears on four of the entries up for 'Best Collaboration' and has also been given the nod in categories including 'Best Male Hip-Hop Artist' and 'Video of the Year'. Drake's Problems collaborators 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar also feature heavily on the list, with eight nominations each. A$AP Rocky has 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Video of the Year. In what is sure to be a showdown of epic proportions, this year’s Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, all vying to get their hands on the sought-after trophy. BET's President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen G Hill said: "This year's line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that's rocking the world right now." The first performer of the event is Chris Brown while the closing will be done by R. Kelly. The BET Awards will air LIVE on the BET channel, TopTV, on Sunday 30 June at 21:00.