Beyonce, T.I. Nominated For BET Awards

BET announced Tuesday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network's music video countdown show "106 & Park." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and will air on the network on June 28th at 8 p.m.

Leading the nominations with five nods each are Beyonce and T.I., the former in the running for Video of the Year for "Single Ladies" and "If I Were A Boy," Best Female R&B Artist (in which she competes against Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson and Jazmine Sullivan), Best Actress and Viewers Choice, and the latter vying for Best Collaboration for "Live Your Life" with Rihanna and "Ain't I" with Yung L.A. and Young Dro, Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year for "Live Your Life."

Lil Wayne and T-Pain received four nominations apiece. T-Pain will square off with The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Ne-Yo and Jamie Fox for Best Male R&B Artist, while Wayne is up against T.I., Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Meanwhile, Keir Hilson will compete for three awards, including Best Female R&B artist and Best Collaboration.

The nominees for some of the other popular categories included: Day 26, GS Boys, N.E.R.D., The Roots and Three 6 Mafia for best group; Keri Hilson, Kid Cudi, Ryan Leslie, M.I.A. and Jazmine Sullivan for Best New Artist; and Musiq Soulchild, Raphael Saadiq, Seal, Solange and Jazmine Sullivan for the BET J Award.

"It's a big deal for us because I feel like there are more 'different' in the world than 'the same,' and the different is not always that easily celebrated," N.E.R.D.'s Pharrell, who is nominated for Best Group, said during the taping. "It's a blessing, and we really appreciate it and are humbled by it," Que from Day 26, who were also nominated in the category, said.

Among the night's confirmed performers are Beyonce, Maxwell and Ne-Yo. The latter will be searching for a background dancer to perform with him during the show by way of the "Bringing It To The Awards" competition on BET.com. Contestants can enter from May 6 - June 4 on the site.

Additionally, the legendary O'Jays will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Here are the nominees and categories for the 2009 BET Awards:

Best Male R&B:
The-Dream
Jamie Foxx
Ryan Leslie
Ne-Yo
T-Pain

Best Female R&B Artist:
Beyonce
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Group:
Day 26
GS Boyz
N.E.R.D.
The Roots
Three 6 Mafia

Best Gospel Artist:
Regina Belle
Shirley Caesar
Mary Mary
Smokie Norful
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Lil Mama
M.I.A.
Trina

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
T.I.
Kanye West
Young Jeezy

Best New Artist:
Keri Hilson
Kid Cudi
Ryan Leslie
Champagne
M.I.A.
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Collaboration:
Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, "Blame It"
Keri Hilson feat. Lil Wayne, "Turnin Me On"
Jim Jones feat. Ron Browz and Juelz Santana, "Pop Champagne"
T.I. feat Rihanna, "Live Your Life"
Yung LA feat. Young Dro and T.I., "Ain't I"

Video Director of the Year:
Benny Boom
Rik Cordero
Gil Green
Chris Robinson
Hype Williams

Video of the Year:
Beyonce, "If I Were A Boy"
Beyonce, " Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Jamie Foxx f/ T-Pain, " Blame It"
T.I. f/ Rihanna, " Live Your Life"
Kanye West, " Heartless"

Best Actress:
Rosario Dawson
Taraji P. Henson
Angela Bassett
Jennifer Hudson
Beyonce Knowles

Best Actor:
Common
Idris Elba
Samuel L. Jackson
Will Smith
Jamal Woolard

Best Female Athlete:
Tamika Catchings
Lisa Leslie
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Best Male Athlete:
Kobe Bryant
Reggie Bush
LeBron James
Dwyane Wade
Tiger Woods

Viewer's Choice Nominees:
Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Keri Hilson, "Turnin Me On (f/ Lil Wayne)"
Lil Wayne, "A Milli"
Soulja Boy Tell'em, "Kiss Me Thru The Phone (f/ Sammie)"
T.I., "Live Your Life (f/ Rihanna)"
T-Pain, "Can't Believe It (f/ Lil Wayne)"
Kanye West, "Love Lockdown"

BET J Award Nominees:
Musiq Soulchild
Raphael Saadiq
Seal
Solange
Jazmine Sullivan

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