The BET Awards for 2012 will air on July 1st. Get ready to set Independence weekend off with a bang, as BET states that this years award show will be huge! Samuel L. Jackson is tapped to host and both Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj have been confirmed as performers. This year the Best Gospel category gives great competition. Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, James Fortune & FIYA and (my girls) Trin-i-tee 5:7 will battle for the title of Best Gospel. The Honoree for this year is Maze and Frankie Beverly, so you KNOW that will be a dope tribute! It has also just been confirmed that there will be a tribute to Whitney Houston. I’m also hoping for something for Chuck Brown and Donna Summer as well. So tune in to BET on July 1st to see who’s taking what awards home! For more on the BET Awards visit the Official Website!