BET has found an unusual way to showcase its awards nominees this year – Hits from the Streets is back. The affable comic personality will host “The Chosen,” BET’s half hour nomination show that will feature specially selected nominees getting a visit from Hits to deliver their official nomination letter. Hits will also give each nominee a specially selected gift. It airs on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
As you may remember, Hits once had his own show on BET, playing pranks on celebrities and possibly influencing Ashton Kutcher to do his own show, which the world now knows as the popular “Punk’d” series. (Or not, since we can’t prove anything.) But for “The Chosen” viewers, they have the chance to check out their favorite nominees in some surprising situations. The BET Awards will be telecast live from Los Angeles on July 1 at 8 p.m. Samuel L. Jackson hosts, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Usher are scheduled to peform. Rev. Al Sharpton and Frankie Beverly and Maze are the honorees.
Here’s a full list of the BET Award nominees:
Best Female R&B Artist: Marsha Ambrosius, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Rihanna
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Trey Songz, Usher
Best Group: Bad Meets Evil, Diddy-Dirty Money, Maybach Music Group, Mindless Behavior, The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Best Collaboration: Beyonce f/ J. Cole – "Party," Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – "Marvin & Chardonnay," DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – "I'm On One," Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – "The Motto," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – "Otis," Wale f/ Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Big Sean, Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Diamond, Nicki Minaj, Brianna Perry, Trina
Video of the Year: Beyonce – "Countdown," Beyonce – "Love On Top," Jay-Z & Kanye West – "N***as in Paris," Jay-Z & Kanye West f/ Otis Redding – "Otis," Usher – "Climax"
Video Director of the Year: Beyonce & Alan Ferguson, Benny Boom, Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez, Kanye West, Hype Williams
Best New Artist: A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Diggy Future, Meek Mill
Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, James Fortune & FIYA, Fred Hammond, Trin-I-Tee 5:7
Best Actress: Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Regina King, Zoe Saldana
Best Actor: Don CheadleCommonIdris ElbaKevin HartDenzel Washington
YoungStars Award: Astro, Diggy, Jacob Latimore, Keke Palmer, Willow Smith
Best Movie: “Good Deeds,” “Jumping The Broom,”” Laugh At My Pain,” Red Tails,” “The Help”
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Skylar Diggins, Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Serena Williams, Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year: Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Victor Cruz, Kevin Durant, LeBron James
Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award: Beyonce – "Love On Top," Chris Brown – "Turn Up the Music," Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – "The Motto," Mindless Behavior – "Hello," Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – "Otis," Wale f/ Miguel – "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Centric Award: Common, Estelle, Robert Glasper, Robin Thicke, Tyrese
Best International Act: AfricaCamp Mulla (Kenya), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa), Mokobe (Mali), Sarkodie (Ghana), Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best International Act: UK: Estelle, Labrinth, Emeli Sande, Sway, Wretch 32