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Kanye West, 50 Cent, Fat Joe Lead Hip-Hop Nominations At BET Awards

Kanye West, 50

Cent and Fat Joe were nominated for multiple awards at the 5th Annual BET Awards,

which is being hosted by husband and wife acting team Will and Jada-Pinkett

Smith.

West was nominated for Best

Male Hip-Hop Artist, while his hit song “Jesus Walks” earned him

Best Gospel Artist and Video of the Year nods.

50 Cent earned to nominations

for Best Male Hip-Hop and Best Collaboration with former G-Unit cohort, The

Game, who will also be on hand during the evening for a performance.

Fat Joe and his Terror Squad

gained multiple nods as well, as their massive hit “Lean Back” earned

them Best Group and a nomination in the Viewers Choice category.

R&B songstress Ciara

earned four nominations, John Legend and Destiny’s Child earned three

nominations each, while Omarion, Amerie and Fantasia earned two nominations

a piece.

Stephen Hill, BET Executive

Vice President for Music and Entertainment Programming, said the A list talent

the awards show has assembled will make this year’s show one of the most

memorable.

"Awards shows overall

can be tough to keep fresh and creative,” Hill said. “But we’ve

found a formula that not only attracts millions of viewers to BET, but also

makes this an event that stars fully embrace and enjoy."

Ludacris, Missy Elliot,

Mariah Carey and Destiny’s Child will also give performances during the

evening.

The 5th Annual BET Awards

will be broadcast live on June 28 from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre at 8

p.m. EST.

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