The BET Awards '13 nominees have just been announced, and artists from BET’s Music Matters initiative are dominating the field.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, who wowed critics and fans with his gold-selling, instant-classic debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, is up for a whopping six awards, including Best New Artist and Best Male Artist. “Poetic Justice,” his hit song featuring Drake, garnered two nominations, for Video of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Kendrick spit a dope guest verse on A$AP Rocky’s hit posse cut, “Problems,” also featuring Drake and 2 Chainz, which is nominated in those two categories, and is also vying for the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award. Kendrick’s own “Swimming Pools (Drank)” video is up for the Viewers Choice prize as well.
Meanwhile, soul singer-songwriter Miguel, who released his acclaimed sophomore album Kaleidoscope last year, is nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and the sultry video for his smash hit “Adorn” is up for Video of the Year, the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award and the Centric Award.
Tune in on June 30 to see which Music Matters nominees will take home an award.
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