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Kanye West Leads BET Awards

Kanye WestKanye West leads nominations at the BET Awards with seven.

The "Stronger" rapper's Watch the Throne project with Jay-Z dominated nominations, earning nods in the Best Group, Collaboration, and Viewer's Choice categories, while its videos to "N****s in Paris" and "Otis" both got nods for Video of the Year.

Following Kanye is Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce Knowles, who is up for six trophies including Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration for "Party" with J. Cole and two Video of the Year nods for her songs "Countdown" and "Love on Top" from her 4 album.

Rapper Big Sean was excited to learn he is up for three awards, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist. He told "It's perfect. My grandma gonna be watching, my mom, my family, the whole city. It's just tight that I can represent those people, everybody who had that dream, everybody who used to ride to school listening to their idols, now I'm with them. It's just tight that I can show people that it's possible," he told MTV.

Other artists to score nominations include Chris Brown with three, Usher who picked up two and Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and Rihanna who all have nominations in one category each.

The BET awards will take place on July 1 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj have been confirmed to perform at the show.

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