Usher, OutKast Lead BET Nominations

Hollywood's Kodak Theatre to host the June 29 telecast.

OutKast, Beyonce, Lil' Jon, Usher and Kanye West lead nominations for the 2004 BET Awards.

Actress/comedian Mo'Nique -- who returns this year as the event's host -- announced the nominations today (May 12) at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Also on hand to read the names were Usher and fellow nominees Pharrell Williams and MC Lyte.

Expanded to three hours this year, the June 29 ceremony will air live on BET from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

OutKast picked up six nods for its "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," including best group and multiple nominations in the video of the year and viewer's choice categories. Close behind with five nominations are Beyonce and Lil' Jon.

Beyonce's categories include best female R&B artist, best collaboration -- for "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z -- and best actress.

Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz are nominated for best group and viewer's choice for the video "Get Low" featuring the Ying Yang Twins. As Usher's "Yeah!" crunk partner, Lil' Jon grabs three nods for best collaboration, video of the year and viewer's choice.

Producer-of-the-moment Kanye West ties Usher with four nominations. Besides the aforementioned nods for "Yeah!," Usher is nominated for best male R&B artist. West's four nods are best male hip-hop artist, best new artist, best collaboration -- for "Slow Jamz" with Twista and Jamie Foxx -- and viewer's choice for "All Falls Down."

The fourth annual awards gala will also honor the Isley Brothers with the Lifetime Achievement Award and actor/activist Danny Glover with the Humanitarian Award.

Artists slated to perform during the ceremony include Usher, Janet Jackson, OutKast and the Isley Brothers.

Like last year, fans will get the chance to vote in the Viewer's Choice Poll, which is determined by online votes at during the telecast. In addition to videos by Beyonce ("Crazy in Love"), Lil' Jon ("Get Low"), Usher ("Yeah!"), OutKast ("Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move") and West ("All Falls Down"), the category includes R. Kelly's "Step in the Name of Love."

The BET Awards also honor achievements in film and sports; winners are chosen by a panel of entertainment and media executives. For a full list of nominees, click here.

Tickets for the ceremony range from $75-$500 and are available now through Ticketmaster.