Kanye West and Beyonce are the leading nominees for the 2012 BET Awards, with West nabbing seven nominations -- five with Jay-Z as the Throne and two solo mentions. Following behind Yeezy is Beyonce with six nods, including two in the Video of the Year category for 'Love on Top' and 'Countdown.'

Rap superstar Drake snagged four nominations including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration for 'The Motto' (with Tyga and Lil Wayne). Chart-topping artists Big Sean, Miguel, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne all received three mentions apiece.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to host this year's awards ceremony, which will take place on July 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. So far, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown are scheduled to perform at the event. In addition, the BET Awards will present Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

2012 BET Awards Nominees:

'Centric Award'
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

Best Movie
'Good Deeds'
'Laugh At My Pain'
'Red Tails'
'The Help'
'Jumping the Broom'

Viewers' Choice
Beyonce -- 'Love on Top'
Chris Brown -- 'Turn up the Music'
Drake, Lil Wayne & Tyga -- 'The Motto'
Mindless Behavior --
Jay-Z & Kanye West -- 'Otis'
Wale & Miguel -- 'Lotus Flower Bomb'

Best Female Hip-Hop Artists
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Best Male Hip-Hop Artists
Big Sean
Lil Wayne
J Cole
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Collaboration
Beyonce ft. J Cole -- 'Party'
Big Sean ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash -- 'Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay'
DJ Khaled, Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross -- 'I'm On One'
Drake, Lil Wayne & Tyga -- 'The Motto'
The Throne -- 'Otis'
Wale & Miguel -- 'Lotus Flow Bomb'

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy Simmons
Meek Mill

Video Director of the Year
Beyonce & Allen Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West & Hype williams

Video of the Year
Beyonce -- 'Love on Top'
Beyonce -- 'Countdown'
The Throne -- 'N---s in Paris'
The Throne -- 'Otis'
Usher -- 'Climax'