The 2012 BET Awards have been billed as ‘too big to miss’, and the network has brought out the big guns for hosting the 2012 awards. It has been announced that actor Samuel L Jackson will host this year’s ceremony, which will be screened on BET (TopTV channel 190) on 3 July at 20:00.
The selection of Jackson is a departure from years past when comedians like Mo’Nique and Kevin Hart hosted the show. But BET’s president of music programming and specials, Stephen G Hill, is confident that the Avengers star will more than fit the bill. “We are massively excited about having Sam Jackson, the world’s biggest box office star, host the BET Awards 2012,” said Hill. “His wit, presence and gigantic personality are the perfect match for our show.”
In addition, members of Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly) will be receiving the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award and Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are expected to perform.
As for nominees, Kanye West leads the pack with seven nominations, followed by Beyonce and Jay-Z with six and five respectively. The extended Carter family dominate the Video of The Year category with ‘Countdown’, ‘Love On Top’, ‘Otis’ and ‘N*ggas In Paris’ crowding the list, leaving only Usher’s ‘Climax’ as the lone outsider.
West was closely followed by Beyonce, with six nominations, and his ‘Watch the Throne’ collaborator Jay-Z, who snagged five nominations.
The awards will be held on 1 July at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. TopTV viewers can tune in to BET (channel 190) on 3 July at 20:00.