The 2012 BET Awards ceremony airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, July 1, at 8 p.m. ET and is hosted by "The Avengers" star Samuel L. Jackson.
"We are massively excited about having Sam Jackson, the world's biggest box office star, host The BET Awards 12," Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials, BET Networks said in a statement. "His wit, presence and gigantic personality are the perfect match for our show."
Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown, Cissy Houston, Yolanda Adams, D'Angelo, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Wale, G.O.O.D. Music, Y'Anna Crawley, Amber Bullock, Jessica Reedy, Melanie Fiona and 2 Chainz are among the performers.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jamie Fox, Quentin Tarantino and Tyler Perry are among the celebrities who are expected to attend.
The show is produced by BET Networks, touted as "the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience."
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Wale f/ Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding - "Otis"
Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
Best New Artist
Young Stars Award
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award
Mindless Behavior - "Hello"
Best International Act
Best International Act UK
Humanitarian Award - Rev. Al Sharpton
Lifetime Achievement Award - Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
The Live! Red! Ready! pre-show hosted by 106 & Park's Terrence J, Rocsi and Big Tigger will air live from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday will get our engines going for the main event. MGK featuring French Montana, OMG Girlz, Slaughterhouse, Swizz Beatz with A$AP Rocky, Future, Elle Varner and Waka Flocka Flame will perform.
At 8 p.m., focus will shift to inside the Shrine Auditorium, where host Samuel L. Jackson will take the reigns as host of the 2012 BET Awards. The "Too Big to Miss" event will feature many of the biggest names in entertainment, including LaLa Anthony, Cissy Houston, Nicki Minaj, Think Like a Man co-stars Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and Kevin Hart, gospel chanteusses Yolanda Adams, Amber Bullock, Y'Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy, Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx along with his director Quentin Tarantino, Alex Cross star Tyler Perry and hip hop megastars Chris Brown, Rock Ross, 2 Chainz and many others.