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T-Pain Leads BET Nominations, Al Green to Get Lifetime Award

R&B singer T-Pain has landed five nominations at this year BET Awards, a sum that places the Tallahasse star in front of the pack. appears three times in the best collaboration category. While T-Pain has his own hits, including the chart-topping “Buy U a Drank,” the singer and his synthesized vocals are often found on other people’s songs. He received nominations for best collaboration for his work with Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss”), West (“Good Life”) and Flo Rida (“Low”), while he was also nominated twice in the video of the year category. “T-Pain is everywhere,” BET executive vice president Stephen Hill said. “He’s got five nominations, none of them for his own work. Hill added, “He’s had a great year; he’s introduced a new element,” Hill said, referring to T-Pain’s vocoder-assisted vocals that have been replicated by other artists such as Snoop Dogg. Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pair each. Soul Legend Al Green will be honored with a lifetime achievement prize at this years event. The 62-year-old star, who has been singing since the age of nine, is best known for hits such as “Let’s Stay Together” and “Love and Happiness.” Usher is also set to perform on the live June broadcast, as well as Lil Wayne, Blige and Mariah Carey.

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