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2012 BET Nominees Announced & African Artists LIRA, WIZKID, ICE PRINCE, CAMP MULLA, MOKOBE & SARKORDIE Nominated For Best International Artists!

Filed under : Africa, Music

The 2012 BET Awards nominations were just announced….

The network held a press conference in NYC this afternoon to announce the full list of nominees, performers as well as this year’s host, Samuel L. Jackson. The 2012 BET Awards will hold July 1,2o12 at shrine auditorium ,Los Angeles.

Samuel L. Jackson missed today’s press conference as he is currently in New Orleans filming Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx  & Kerry Washington. The first two performers announced were  Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown and there will also be a Whitney Houston tribute at the ceremony…

African artists nominated for the 2012 BET Awards International Artist – Africa category are:

Lira – South Africa

Wiz Kid – Nigeria

Ice Prince – Nigeria

Camp Mulla – Kenya

Mokobe – Mali

Sarkodie – Ghana

They were announced  X-Factor’s Astro.

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
J Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce da 5’9)
Diddy/Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
The Throne (Jay-Z/Kanye)
Mindless Behavior

Best Female R/B Arist
Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R/B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Collobaration of the Year
Beyonce ft. J Cole- “Party”
Big Sean ft. Kanye- “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled & Crew- “I’m On One”
Drake, Tyga, Lil Wayne-“The Motto”
Wale/Miguel-“Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye/Jay Z- “Otis”

Best New Artist
ASAP Rocky
Big Sean
Meek Mill

Video of the year

Beyonce – Love on Top

Beyonce – Countdown

The Throne – Niggas in Paris

The Throne – Otis

Usher – Climax

Director of the Year
Beyonce (Alan Ferguson)
Chris Brown (Godfrey T)
Kanye West

Hype Williams

Benny Boom

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant
Victor Cruz
Lebron James

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping The Broom
Laugh At My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Coco Cola Viewers Choice Award
Beyonce- Love On Top
Chris Brown- Turn Up The Music
Mindless Behavior- Hello
The Throne- Otis
Wale & Miguel- Lotus Flower Bomb
Drake ft. Tyga & Lil Wayne- The Motto

Best Actors
Don Cheadle
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Best Actress
Angela Basset
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson

Young Stars
Diggy Simmons
Keke Palmer
Jacob Latimore
Willow Smith

Best Gospel Artists
Yolanda Adams
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Kim Burrell
Trinitee 5:7

Centric Award
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

Halala to all the nominees, especially the African artists and of course, my girl, Miss Lira!

The South African Afro-Pop singer and now 2012 BET nominee, appeared in May 2012 L’Uomo Vogue, dedicated to Africa called “Rebranding of Africa.”

Speaking to TimesLIVE, Lira (Lerato Kohl) said she enjoyed the shoot and the interview:

“I had such a good time shooting, and it was only two pictures for the eventual spread, but it was nice to have fun and not be so serious all the time. The questions they asked were the exact questions I like to be asked. They wanted to know where we were as South Africa, and where we were going. It was like:  ‘You come from a country we know for apartheid, but who are you now and what’s the future looking like?’. I hate the perception that Africa is disease-infested and poor. This was another opportunity to say that my generation is changing all that – we’re educated, ambitious, intelligent and global players.”

One of my favorite Lira songs, Phakade…

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