chris brown (smile)*Since Drake wanted to go ahead with his Aaliyah project, Chris Brown is jumping on the band wagon with something of his own.

During a press conference at L.A.’s Icon Ultra Lounge in Los Angeles for the BET awards, the nominees were announced along with a few surprises.

Tamar Braxton and Kendrick Lamar are among the many who received several nods. Drake leads the pack with 12 nods while Lamar and 2 Chainz actually tied with eight.

Drake is in the running for “Started from the Bottom” (even though we all know he started at the middle). Others include Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” Kanye’s “Mercy,” and Miguel’s “Adorn.”

Charlie Wilson was announced as this year’s Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. He was on hand for the press conference as was Chris Brown.

Back to Breezy, he’s been confirmed to perform for the evening and tells the press that he’s looking forward to having a great time.

“I always strive to give fans what they want. I always want to bring something new and original.”  Brown also noted during the q and a portion that he has finished the video for the song “They Don’t Know” and that the song features vocals from the late Aaliyah “that haven’t been heard before.”

R.Kelly is also on the roster to perform and Chris Tucker is set to host.

Check out the full list below.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Justin Timberlake
Usher

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
Slaughterhouse
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz feat. Drake: “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne: “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: “Mercy”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz feat. Drake: “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
Drake: “Started From The Bottom”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne: “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake: “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz: “Thrift Shop”
Miguel: “Adorn”
Rihanna: “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz: “Mercy”

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd

Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Movie
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”
“Sparkle”
“Think Like a Man”

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
Drake: “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar: “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel: “Adorn”
Rihanna: “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton: “Love and War”
Fantasia: “Lose To Win”
Miguel: “Adorn”
Nas: “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson: “My Love Is All I Have”

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)

Best International Act: U.K.
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Wiley