News: Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West & More Snag BET Nominations

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer Chris Brown leads this year's BET Awards 2011 pack with the most nominations followed closely by Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Drake and more.

Announced Tuesday (May 17) evening, Chris Breezy found his name in multiple nomination categories.

The resurgent R&B star, who scored the first No. 1 album of his career this year with F.A.M.E., leads the field heading into the 2011 BET Awards with six nominations, including nods for Best Male R&B Artist, Video of the Year and, er, Best Actor. Coming in next with five nominations is Lil Wayne, who will square off in the Best Male Hip-Hop category with Kanye West and Drake, both with four apiece, as well as B.o.B. and Rick Ross. Rihanna tops the ladies with four nominations, including Best Female R&B Artist, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice, and twice for Best Collaboration, for "What's My Name" with Drake and West's "All of the Lights." (E! Online)

While Drake and Nicki Minaj snagged "Best Artist" nods, multiple hip-hop and R&B stars will look for trophies next month.

Kanye West, Rihanna, Trey Songz, B.o.B and Marsha Ambrosius all picked up more than one nomination. J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Willow Smith were the nominees in the New Artist category. Miguel blessed viewers with a performance of his hit single "All I Want Is You." Diddy, Dirty Money, Cali Swag District, N.E.R.D., New Boyz and Travis Porter all earned nominations for Best Group. (BET)

Following the announcement, Chris Brown shared his reaction via Twitter.

"Thx to B.E.T for all the support and I love you teambreezy," he tweeted Tuesday (May 17). (Chris Brown's Twitter)

After Queen Latifah stole the show hosting last year, comedian Kevin Hart will lead the annual broadcast.

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that actor/comedian Kevin Hart has been tapped to host this year's BET AWARDS, ranked among the Top 5 Cable Award Shows every year among total viewers. The brightest night in music will broadcast LIVE from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on BET. (Press Release)

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