Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes are tied at four nominations each. Now in its sixth year, the ceremony will shif

Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes are tied at four nominations each. Now in its sixth year, the ceremony will shift from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles to the neighboring Shrine Auditorium when the live telecast airs June 27. Comedian/actor Damon Wayans will host for the first time.

Additional multiple nominees include Kanye West and Mariah Carey, as well as hot newcomers Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo. Legendary vocalist Chaka Khan is this year's BET Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, while singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte will receive the BET Humanitarian Award.

In honor of the relaunched adult-oriented sister network BET J (formerly BET Jazz), a new award has been added: the BET J Cool Like That Award. Among the nominees in that category is U.K. newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae.

Here are the 2006 BET Awards nominees in music categories:

Best Female Hip-Hop:
Missy Elliott
Lil' Kim
Remy Ma
Shawnna
Trina

Best Female R&B:
Beyondé
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Keyshia Cole
India.Arie

Best New Artist:
Chris Brown
Chamillionaire
Ne-Yo
Rihanna
Paul Wall

Best Male Hip-Hop:
50 Cent
Busta Rhymes
Common
T.I.
Kanye West

Best Male R&B:
Chris Brown
Jamie Foxx
Anthony Hamilton
Ne-Yo
Prince

Best Gospel Artist:
Yolanda Adams
Kirk Franklin
Mary Mary
Smokey Norful
CeCe Winans

Best Collaboration
Beyonce featuring Slim Thug, "Check on It"
Bow Wow featuring Ciara, "Like You"
Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX, "Touch It" remix
Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris, "Unpredictable"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

Best Group:
Black Eyed Peas
Destiny's Child
Floetry
Mary Mary
Three 6 Mafia

Video of the Year:
Beyonce featuring Slim Thug, "Check on It"
Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You"
Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliiott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX, "Touch It" remix
Missy Elliott featuring Ciara, "Lose Control"
R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

BET J Cool Like That:
Eric Benet
Anthony Hamilton
Heather Headley
Kindred The Family Soul
Corinne Bailey Rae

BET.com Viewers' Choice:
Chris Brown, "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
Busta Rhymes, "Touch It"
Mariah Carey, "Don't Forget About Us"
Keyshia Cole, "Love"
Ne-Yo, "So Sick"
T.I., "What You Know"

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