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The 13th BET Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2013. The awards ceremony recognized Americans in music, movies, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Comedian and actor Chris Tucker hosted the event for the first time.

13th BET Awards
DateJune 30, 2013
LocationNokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Presented byBlack Entertainment Television
Hosted byChris Tucker
Television/radio coverage

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 were 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 honoree. R. Kelly also performed at the awards show. The show was the culmination of the cable network's first ever BET Experience, a three-day music and lifestyle fest done in partnership with AEG Live. Chris Brown won the Fandemonium Award for the fourth time in a row, while Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, making history as the first female rapper to win the award four times consecutively. The Young Stars award winner was awarded to Gabrielle Douglas, gold medalist in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The show opened with a performance by Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj performing Love More.


Announcing the nominations were Tamar Braxton and Kendrick Lamar each of whom also received nominations. Drake lead with 12 nods, followed by Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with eight nods. A$AP Rocky had five with Jay-Z, while Justin Timberlake and Miguel tied with four. Drake was nominated five times for the top prize, Video of the Year. His hit single "Started from the Bottom" and "HYFR" competed with his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie"), Kendrick Lamar ("Poetic Justice"), and A$AP Rocky ("Problems"). The Video of the Year award had 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.

BET ExperienceEdit

A three-day festival called the BET Experience, BET revealed a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group that would bring the show to the $2.5-billion L.A. Live complex in 2013. "It allows us to take the show to the next level," said Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive of BET. "We are making more opportunities for advertisers and taking it to a level that can get more consumers involved. In addition to concerts, comedy shows and the new home of the BET Awards, the BET Experience 3-day weekend featured "106 & Park" LIVE, BET Fan Fest, film screenings, BET Revealed seminars, BET GRAMMY® Museum exhibit, various social events and celebrity appearances. BET Experience teamed with the BET Awards broadcasting live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Video of the Year Video Director of the Year
Best Male R&B Artist Best Female R&B Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Collaboration Best New Artist
Best Group Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice
YoungStars Award Centric Award
Best Actress Best Actor
Best Movie Best Gospel Artist
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Subway Sportsman of the Year
Best International Act: Africa Best International Act: United Kingdom
BET Lifetime Achievement Award BET Humanitarian Award



106 & Park Pre-ShowEdit

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