T-Pain leads the pack for BET Awards 08

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T-Pain-716283.jpgThe BET AWARDS '08 is raising the stakes and promises to be the "hottest ticket on television" for the eighth year running, as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite in Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium for a night of explosive LIVE performances on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 PM. As in years past, the BET AWARDS '08 will continue its landmark tradition of hot performances by some of today's heavy hitters, including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Wayne and Nelly. The host, along with additional presenters and performers, will be announced shortly.

BET will recognize the achievements of artistes, entertainers and athletes in 15 categories. Hip hop R&B singer, songwriter and producer T-Pain tops the line-up with five nominations for his collaborations with Chris Brown, Kanye West and Flo Rida, followed by Chris Brown with four nods and rapper/producer Kanye West earning three nominations with his successful third album, "Graduation," in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year categories.

Among the other multiple nominees are R&B songstress Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B, as well as Video of the Year for "Just Fine," along with Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole.

Those nominated for the second straight year include Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne for Best Male Hip Hop; Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B; last year's Best Male R&B winner Ne-Yo; Angela Bassett and Chandra Wilson for Best Actress; last year’s winner, basketball sensation LeBron James, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and golfing phenomenon Tiger Woods for Male Athlete of the Year; smash hitter and four-time category winner Serena Williams and b-ball superstar Tamika Catchings for Female Athlete of the Year.

Legendary R&B icon Al Green will be in the house to receive BET's Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining him will be celebrated producer/arranger/composer Quincy Jones, who will be honored with BET's prestigious Humanitarian Award for his outreach to young African-Americans through the Listen Up Foundation, a charity which connects youth with music, technology and culture. In addition, Jones helped launch the We Are the Future project, giving hope to children in poor and conflict-ridden areas.

BET has once again teamed with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the seven record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, BET Executive Vice President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, will executive produce the telecast.

BET AWARDS '08 will be sponsored by Dodge, Pepsi, Verizon Wireless, General Motors, P&G, Target, CIROC Vodka and Ford.

Listed below are the nominees and categories for the BET Awards

Best Female R&B
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Keyshia Cole
Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B
Chris Brown
Raheem DeVaughn
J. Holiday
Trey Songz

Danity Kane
Day 26
Gnarls Barkley
Playaz Circle

Best Gospel Artist
The Clark Sisters
Kirk Franklin
Deitrick Haddon
Marvin Sapp
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Missy Elliott
Kid Sister
Lil Mama
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Lil Wayne
Snoop Dogg
Kanye West

Best New Artist
Flo Rida
Chrisette Michelle
Soulja Boy Tell'em
The Dream

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown f/ T-Pain "Kiss Kiss"
Keyshia Cole f/ Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim "Let It Go"
Flo Rida f/ T-Pain "Low"
Kanye West f/ T-Pain "Good Life"
DJ Khaled f/ Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi,
Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross "I'm So Hood
(The Remix)"

Best Video Director
Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto
Benny Boom
Gil Green
Chris Robinson
Hype Williams

Video of the Year
Ashanti "The Way That I Love You"
Erykah Badu "Honey"
Mary J. Blige "Just Fine"
Alicia Keys "Like You'll Never See Me Again"
UGK f/ Outkast "International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)"
Kanye West f/ T-Pain "Good Life"

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Queen Latifah
Jill Scott
Chandra Wilson

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Terrence Howard
Denzel Washington

Female Athlete of the Year
Tamika Catchings
Cheryl Ford
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Male Athlete of the Year
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Chris Paul
Tiger Woods

Viewer's Choice Award
Chris Brown f/ T-Pain "Kiss Kiss"
Keyshia Cole f/ Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim "Let It Go"
Alicia Keys "No One"
Lil Wayne f/ Static "Lollipop"
Jordin Sparks f/ Chris Brown 'No Air"
Soulja Boy Tell'em "Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)"