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VIBE Vixen's 2013 BET Award Predictions

This year BET turned Hollywood into a experience that amassed an entire weekend, with the awards as the grand finale. This year the award categories were tough with major contenders battling to win the top spot. Drake may lead in nominations but will he win the most awards? Beyoncé and Rihanna may seem like winners in their categories, but will the underdogs win the prize? We don’t have the magic envelope to unveil the winners but we can predict. Take a look at who we think will win in each category.

Beyonce attends 2012 BET Awards

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

Beyonce reigns supreme. She performed at the inauguration, Super Bowl, she pulled in number #1 ratings with Oprah and her documentary. When you have a rap sheet like that, she deserves to win.

Nominees:
Beyoncé
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Miguel

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Miguel is taking this win. He’s up and coming, and quickly gaining respect from industry legends.

Nominees:
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Justin Timberlake
Usher

 Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Group

We're going with The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z) for this category. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are working hard, but there's no competition when your in the category with a King.

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

Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

Asap Rocky Kendrick Lamar 2 Chainz Drake

Best Collaboration

This is a hard list; all of the songs are bangers. But if we have to choose, we're going with “Fuckin’ Problem.” It is a dynamic work of art, put together by the greats in the game.

Nominees:
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"

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Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Kendrick Lamar should win this one, but Mr. Feature aka Drake will probably take this home. Kendrick had the win last year (he's still making rounds in our cars), but if they are judging based on who had more number one hits, Drake’s the winner.

Nominees:
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj has branded herself as a pop rapper who has crossed over all lanes in music, so we think she'll take home the prize. Maybe next year Azealia or Eve will win, but for now Nicki is going home with the gold.

Nominees:
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

 Macklemore

Video of the Year

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop" is winning the gold. These guys literally took us thrifting when they created this video. Overall it’s the most creative song and video in this category; however, if you’re judging by who made the most meme’s, then Drake’s "Started From The Bottom" wins hands down.

Nominees:
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"

Photo Credit: NPR

Director XVideo Director of the Year

Director X, who directed "Started From The Bottom", turned a video that was dope into meme's that were hilarious. If that's not talent, we don't know what is.

Nominees:
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

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Kendrick Lamar and MiguelBest New Artist

Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, no further explanation needed. 

Nominees:
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weekend

Mary Mary Sunday's Best

Best Gospel Artist

Mary Mary crossed over from singing to taking over reality TV. If you can survive a hit reality TV show without compromising your faith, you're a winner in our book.

Nominees:
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Kerry Washington attends 2011 BET AwardsBest Actress

Kerry Washington turned everyone into a gladiator. She's a lead in a primetime drama and has the twitter-sphere buzzing about what she's going to do next. We salute Kerry!

Nominees:
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Jamie FoxxBest Actor

Jamie Foxx's role in Django Unchained grants him this honor.

Nominees:
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award

Gabrielle Douglas not only changed history, but she endured criticism from her own people in the midst of it all. She’s worn success beautifully while giving young women someone new to look up to.

Nominees:
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith

Vibe Vixen Django UnchainedBest Movie

If mainstream Hollywood won't acknowledge Django Unchained greatness, then we must.

Nominees:
"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 has done amazing things. She's the youngest on this list and she deserves to be praised for changing history.

Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Lebron James wins Miami Heat ChampionshipSubway Sportsman of the Year

LeBron James is basketball's MVP who led his team to the championship.

Nominees:
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis

Asap Rocky Kendrick Lamar 2 Chainz DrakeCoca-Cola Viewers Choice Award

"Fuckin' Problems" not only gets us in the party mood, but it has some of today's favorite rappers on one track. What more could we want?

Nominees:
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"

Photo Credit: BET

MiguelCentric Award

Miguel's "Adorn" is still played in rotation. It's a soulful song that appeals to the younger and older crowd. Miguel is truly bringing R&B back.

Nominees:
Tamar Braxton: "Love and War"
Fantasia: "Lose To Win"
Miguel: "Adorn"
Nas: "Daughters"
Charlie Wilson: "My Love Is All I Have"

Emeli SandéBest International Act: U.K.

Honesty, Emeli Sandé deserve more accolades than just this award. She's a true artist in our book.

Nominees:
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Wiley

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Solitary Alignment: 5 Self-Affirming Reads For Single Ladies On Valentine’s Day

Ahh, the Feast of Saint Valentine—the Hallmark holiday that strikes us with its arrow each year, for better or for worse, depending on your bae status. While the romantic holiday is adored and celebrated by many, if you’re still reeling over, say, your ex’s refusal to commit, chances are Feb. 14 is more of a heartache for you than anything.

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Sure, having a bae on Valentine’s Day is cool, but so is reminding yourself why you’re just fine without one (cue Webbie’s “Independent”). In fact, single folks have better relationships overall, according to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. You know how the old adage goes: love yourself before loving someone else.

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