Beyonce topped the list of nominees for the 2007 Black Entertainment Television Awards, with a six – including those for top female R&B artist, video for “Irreplaceable” and her “Deja Vu” and “Upgrade U” duets with Jay-Z.
Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, R&B singer Ciara, hip-hop’s Akon and the group Gnarls Barkley each garnered three nominations, the Associated Press reports.
Honoring those in music, TV, film and sports, the BET Awards will be presented June 26 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, hosted on the cable network by Mo’Nique and with performances by 50 Cent and T.I., among others.
Diana Ross will receive BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award while Don Cheadle is set to be presented the Humanitarian Award for his work to end genocide in Darfur.
Among the nominees:
Male Hip Hop: Diddy, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, T.I.
Collaboration: Akon featuring Snoop Dogg, “I Wanna Love You”; Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, “Deja Vu”; Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, “Upgrade U”; Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole, “Last Night”; Ludacris featuring Mary J. Blige, “Runaway Love”
Female R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Corinne Bailey Rae
Male R&B: Akon, John Legend, Gerald Levert, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke
Group: Gnarls Barkley, Mary Mary, Outkast, Pretty Ricky, Three Six Mafia
New Artist: Lupe Fiasco, Gnarls Barkley, Jennifer Hudson, MIMS, Corinne Bailey Rae
Video of the Year: Akon featuring Snoop Dogg, “I Wanna Love You”; Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”; Beyonce & Shakira, “Beautiful Liar”; Ciara, “Like a Boy”; Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
Actress: Tichina Arnold, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Chandra Wilson
Actor: Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Forest Whitaker
BET Choice award: Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”; Birdman & Lil Wayne, “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”; Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown, “Shortie Like Mine”; Ciara, “Because of You”; Robin Thicke, “Lost Without You”; UNK “Walk It Out”