Beyonce, T.I. Lead BET Awards 09 Nominees, Hilson, Wayne Follow

Beyonce and T.I. are tied and leading the pack of nominees for the forthcoming BET Awards 09′ where they’ll not only face off for Viewer’s Choice but Video of the Year ! Beyonce, picking up five nominations for “I AM…Sasha Fierce (2008)” leads the Best Female R&B Artist category, while nabbing a double Best Video nomination for both “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “If I Were A Boy”. The “Cadillac Records and Obsessed” star is also up for Best Female Actress. Tying with Beyonce, T.I. picks up five nods including two Best Collaboration nominations (Ain’t I and “Live Your Life”) in addition to a nod for Best Male Hip Hop Artist where he’ll face off with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Young Jeezy. (see full nominees list below) Keri Hilson, riding high on the charts with her debut album “In A Perfect World,” earned the most nominations for a new artist including Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration and Viewers Choice. The “Turnin Me On” singer is also up for Best New Artist where she will face off with Kid Cudi, Ryan Leslie, M.I.A., and Jazmine Sullivan. The BET Awards 09′ ceremony, celebrating the achievements of artists, entertainers, and atheletes in 16 categories, will take place Sunday, June 28 in Los Angeles. Booked for the Shrine Auditiorium the starfest will also be hosted by Jamie Foxx and feature confirmed performances from Ne-Yo and Maxwell. Soulful legends, The O’Jays, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Rihanna, Day 26, Common, The Dream, Trina, Lil Mama, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Mary Mary, Angela Bassett, Idris Elba, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Candace Parker, Benny Boom, Chris Robinson and Hype Williams are also nominated for awards. Musiq Soulchild, Raphael Saadiq, Seal, Solange and Jazmine Sullivan are also up for a BET J Award. Again, the BET Awards 09, hosted by Jamie Foxx, will air Sunday, June 28 at 8PM, click here to see who’s performing ! BET Awards 09′ Nominees: Best Male R&B The Dream Jamie Foxx Ryan Leslie Ne-Yo T-Pain Best Female R&B Artist Beyonce Keyshia Cole Keri Hilson Jennifer Hudson Jazmine Sullivan Best Group Day 26 GS Boyz N.E.R.D. The Roots Three 6 Mafia Best Gospel Artist Regina Belle Shirley Caesar Mary Mary Smokie Norful Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Best Female Hip Hop Artist Lil Mama M.I.A. Trina Best Male Hip Hop Artist Lil Wayne Rick Ross T.I. Kanye West Young Jeezy Best New Artist Keri Hilson Kid Cudi Ryan Leslie M.I.A. Jazmine Sullivan Best Collaboration Jamie Foxx f/ T-Pain “Blame It” Keri Hilson f/ Lil Wayne “Turnin’ Me On” Jim Jones & Ron Browz f/ Juelz Santana “Pop Champagne” T.I. f/ Rihanna “Live Your Life” Yung LA f/ Young Dro and T.I. – “Ain’t I” Video of the Year Beyonce “If I Were A Boy” Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain “Blame It” T.I. feat. Rihanna “Live Your Life” Kanye West “Heartless” Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Rik Cordero Gil Green Chris Robinson Hype Williams Best Actress Angela Bassett Rosario Dawson Taraji P Henson Jennifer Hudson Beyonce Knowles Best Actor Common Idris Elba Samuel L. Jackson Will Smith Jamal Woolard Best Female Athlete Tamika Catchings Lisa Leslie Candace Parker Serena Williams Venus Williams Best Male Athlete Kobe Bryant Reggie Bush LeBron James Dwayne Wade Tiger Woods Viewer’s Choice … Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On it)” Keri Hilson “Turnin me On” (feat. Lil Wayne) Lil Wayne ” A Milli” Soulja Boy Tell’em “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” feat. Sammie T.I. “Live Your Life” feat. Rihanna T-Pain “Can’t Believe It” (feat. Lil Wayne) Kanye West “Love Lockdown”

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