Grammy-winning artists T.I., Beyonce, Lil Wayne and more have been announced as nominee leaders for next month’s 2009 BET Awards in California.
The threesome will join other star-studded nominees for the annual ceremony.
Beyonce and T.I. are tied with five nominations each with Beyonce in the running for the Best Female R&B Artist and Video of The Year. T.I. is vying for Best Collaboration while Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Keri Hilson follow close behind with four nominations a piece. Among the other multiple nominees are Kanye West, Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, M.I.A, Day 26, Common, The Dream, Trina, Lil Mama, Angela Bassett, Idris Elba, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Cheryl Ford, Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, Benny Boom, Gil Green, Chris Robinson and Hype Williams. (Fox Business)
BET President Stephen Hill has weighed in on the upcoming event.
“Quite frankly, no one will be ready for what’s coming this year,” he said in a statement. “First of all, triple-threat Jamie Foxx is hosting as well as performing the number one hit of the year. Plus, how great is it that true BET fans will be able to vote on who gets all of the awards? The BET Awards is a celebration of culture and a gathering of family. You will not want to miss the BET Awards ’09!” (Statement)
The yearly showcase features a variety of categories.
Nominees have been announced in the following sections: “Best Male/Female R&B Artist,” “Best Group,” “Best New Collaboration,” “Best Male/Female Hip-Hop Artist,” “Video of the Year,” “Video Director of the Year,” “Best Actor/Actress,” “Male/Female Athlete of the Year” and the “BET J Award.”
Despite leading this year’s awards show, Tip is expected to begin a 366 day prison sentence by May 19
A year after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges, rapper T.I. was sentenced yesterday to one year and a day in prison. T.I., 28, had faced a maximum of 10 years. He was arrested in 2007 when he tried to buy machine guns and silencers. His sentence also includes a $100,000 fine. (Washington Post)
The 2009 BET Awards is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 28 in Los Angeles.