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Vibe Awards Announced, Ciara, Kanye, Mariah Lead

The nominees for the

2005 VIBE Awards have been announced with Ciara leading the nominations, which

include Kanye West, Mariah Carey and John Legend.

Ciara received

a total of five nominations after the honors were announced on Monday.

Ciara, Carey, Legend,

50 Cent and West will compete for Artist of the Year.

The coveted Album

of the Year category, expected to be equally competitive, includes John Legend’s

Get Lifted, Kanye West’s Late Registration, The Game’s

The Documentary, The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey and

Lil’ Kim’s opus, The Naked Truth.

50 Cent, Kanye

West, Ludacris, T.I., The Game are up for Rapper of the Year, while Boyz N Da

Hood, Cassidy, Juelz Santana, Mike Jones and the aforementioned T.I. are contenders

for this year’s “Street Anthem.”

This year’s

show was in jeopardy after a man struck producer Dr. Dre as he went to accept

a lifetime achievement award at the Vibe Awards in 2004.

Vibe publisher

Kenard Gibbs told Billboard that he forged ahead after a groundswell of support.

"For obvious

reasons, it was up in the air at one point," Gibbs said. "Everyone

was very concerned as to what would be the fallout of something like this. But

after conversations with UPN, our advertisers and the record community, we found

everyone was committed to supporting this platform."

Below are the nominees

for the 2005 VIBE Awards:

R&B VOICE OF

THE YEAR

Destiny’s Child

Fantasia

John Legend

Keyshia Cole

Mariah Carey

BEST RAPPER

50 Cent

Kanye West

Ludacris

T.I.

The Game

NEXT AWARD

Daddy Yankee

Keyshia Cole

Mike Jones

Paul Wall

Young Jeezy

COOLEST COLLABO

"Gold Digger,"

by Kanye West, featuring Jamie Foxx

"Like You,"

by Bow Wow, featuring Ciara

"Oh,"

by Ciara, featuring Ludacris

"Soldier,"

by Destiny’s Child, featuring T.I. & Lil Wayne

"Still Tippin’,"

by Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall

STREET ANTHEM

"Dem Boyz,"

by Boyz N Da Hood

"I’m a Hustla,"

by Cassidy

"S.A.N.T.A.N.A.,"

by Juelz Santana

"Still Tippin’,"

by Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall

"U Don’t Know

Me," by T.I.

POWER BROKER OF

THE YEAR

Jermaine Dupri

John Singleton

Kevin Liles

Shawn Carter

Tyler Perry

CLUB BANGER

"1 Thing,"

by Amerie

"Bring Em

Out," by T.I.

"Can I Have

It Like That," by Pharrell, featuring Gwen Stefani

"So Seductive,"

by Tony Yayo, featuring 50 Cent

"Wait (The

Whisper Song)," by Ying Yang Twins

REELEST VIDEO

"Lose Control,"

by Missy Elliott, featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

"Pimpin’ All

Over the World," by Ludacris, featuring Bobby Valentino

"The Corner,"

by Common

"Trapped in

the Closet" (Chaps. 1-5), by R. Kelly

"Welcome to

Jamrock," by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

HOTTEST HOOK

"Hate It or

Love It," by The Game, featuring 50 Cent

"Hollaback

Girl," by Gwen Stefani

"I Ain’t Heard

of That," by Slim Thug

"Some Cut,"

by Trillville, featuring Cutty

"Soul Survivor,"

by Young Jeezy, featuring Akon

VIDEO GODDESS

Buffie the Body

in "So Seductive," by Tony Yayo, featuring 50 Cent

Chessika in "Play,"

by David Banner

Esther Baxter in

"Number One Spot," by Ludacris

Lyric in "Candy

Shop," by 50 Cent, featuring Olivia

Summer Walker in

"Badd," by Ying Yang Twins, featuring Mike Jones

BOOMSHOT AWARD

"Can’t Satisfy

Her," by I Wayne

"Footprints,"

by T.O.K.

"I’ve Got

Your Man," by Lady Saw

"Tempted to

Touch," by Rupee

"Welcome to

Jamrock," by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

BEST R&B SONG

"All Because

of You," by Marques Houston

"Let Me Love

You," by Mario

"Make Her

Feel Good," by Teairra Marí

"Ordinary

People," by John Legend

"We Belong

Together," by Mariah Carey

BEST GROUP

112

Destiny’s Child

The Black Eyed

Peas

The Diplomats

Ying Yang Twins

VSTYLE

AIX Armani Exchange

Baby Phat

Just Cavalli

Rocawear

Sean John

VIBE VIXEN

Ciara

Joy Bryant

Keyshia Cole

Kimora Lee Simmons

Tyra Banks

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Get Lifted, by

John Legend

Late Registration,

by Kanye West

The Documentary,

by The Game

The Emancipation

of Mimi, by Mariah Carey

The Naked Truth,

by Lil’ Kim

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

50 Cent

Ciara

John Legend

Kanye West

Mariah Carey

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