Urban music newcomer Ciara leads the pack with four nominations for the 2005 BET Awards, to be held June 28 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre.

Urban music newcomer Ciara leads the pack with four nominations for the 2005 BET Awards, to be held June 28 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre. The artist is up for best female R&B artist, best new artist and best collaboration for "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott, which also earned a nod in the BET Viewers' Choice category.

John Legend, Kanye West and Destiny's Child each earned three nominations, while Amerie, Fantasia, 50 Cent, Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Omarion picked up two apiece.

Gladys Knight will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, while actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta will receive the humanitarian award. The event will be hosted by actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

"I didn't think things would happen so fast," the 18-year-old Atlanta native said. "The first single ["Goodies"] was a great way to start out. But I never look up. I'm just working hard now; I'll look up later to see everything else that's happening."

Currently enjoying her third hit single, "Oh" featuring Ludacris, Ciara said the fourth single is slated to be "Pick Up the Phone." As for the follow-up to her 1.8-million-selling debut album, "Goodies," the singer said she's been doing a lot of "brainstorming" and plans to return to the studio soon. She's also starting rehearsals for a major summer tour but declined to reveal who will be joining her on the road.

Among the first wave of BET confirmed performers are the Game, Elliott, Ludacris, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey. For the full list of nominees, click here.

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