Beyonce earned a leading six nominations Wednesday for the 2007 BET Awards, including nods for top female R&B artist, video for “Irreplaceable” and duets with Jay-Z on “Deja Vu” and “Upgrade U.”
Beyonce’s nominations haul doubled that of anyone else. “Dreamgirls” Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, R&B singer Ciara, hip-hop’s Akon and the group Gnarls Barkley all took three nominations.
The Black Entertainment Television Awards in music, television, film and sports will be presented June 26. Mo’Nique is slated to host the show on cable’s BET Network from the Shrine Auditorium. Performers include 50 Cent and T.I.
Diana Ross will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Don Cheadle will be given the Humanitarian Award for his efforts at ending genocide in Darfur.
The complete list of nominees included:
- 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.
- Gospel Artist: Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Mary Mary.
- 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.
- Female Athlete: Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Gail Devers, Lisa Leslie, Serena Williams.
- Male Athlete: Reggie Bush, LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Dwyane Wade, Tiger Woods.
- BET J Cool Like That award: Gerald Levert, Brian McKnight, Eric Roberson, Musiq Soulchild, Elisabeth Withers.
- 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.”