BET Awards Nominees Announced

Chris Brown, Rihanna and Kanye top the list. Comedian Kevin Hart will host the show. 

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Rihanna (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Take a quick glance at the list of the top nominees for this year's BET Awards, and you might think the show was designed to honor the black artists who had this year's most intense Twitter drama and publicly analyzed personal lives. The talented lineup, topped by Chris Brown, Rihanna and Kanye West and including Nikki Minaj, will definitely give host comedian Kevin Hart plenty of nonmusical material to anchor his routines (the jokes about dressing-room freak-outs, S&M, explosive social networking rants and Lil' Kim beef practically write themselves).

Check out the full list:

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius
Beyoncé
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson
Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Group

Diddy-Dirty Money
Cali Swag District
N.E.R.D.
New Boyz
Travis Porter

Best Collaboration

B.o.B. featuring Haley Williams of Paramore ("Airplanes")
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes ("Look at Me Now")
Chris Brown featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall ("Deuces")
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale ("No Hands")
Rihanna featuring Drake ("What's My Name")
Kanye West featuring Rihanna ("All of the Lights")

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