By Chiagoziem Onyekwena and ‘Biodun Ogundairo
The list of nominees for the 2010 BET Award has officially been released. Nigerian artistes P. Square and M.I are both up for the Best International Act award. In what many analysts have described as an unusually strong contingent from the African continent, Nigerian-born veteran soul singer Sade was included in the list of nominees as well.
Other Nigerian-born acts nominated for awards include soul singer Laura Izibor and rapper Wale. Jay-Z leads the nominations list in general with a total of 5 nominations.
To be hosted by Queen Latifah, the 2010 BET Awards is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the Shrine Auditorium, L.A.
According to a release by the organisers, BET AWARDS ’10 will recognize the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories. Front-runner Jay-Z gets five individual nominations across multiple categories: Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year (for which he holds two nominations) and Viewer’s Choice. Closely behind are Beyonce (Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewer’s Choice), Alicia Keys (Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewer’s Choice), Trey Songz (Best Male R&B Artist, Best Collaboration), Viewer’s Choice) and Melanie Fiona (Best Female R&B Artist, Best New Artist, Video of the Year, Centric Award) with four each.
Drake locks three individual nominations with an additional three for Young Money; similarly, Nicki Minaj has two individual nods as well as three for Young Money. Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Fabolous, B.O.B., Maxwell and Monica. Teen heart throb Justin Bieber secures nomination for Best New Artist, Disney actress Selena Gomez for the YoungStars Award and “Avatar” star Zoe Saldana for Best Actress.
Best International Act
Kojo Antwi (Ghana)
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa
Corinne Bailey Rae (UK
Beyonce – Sweet Dreams
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Monica – Everything To Me
Rihanna f/ Young Jeezy – Hard
Trey Songz f/ Fabolous – Say Aah
Young Money (Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Drake, Tyga) f/ Lloyd – Bedrock
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Law Abiding Citizen
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Tyler James Williams
Taraji P. Henson
Video of the Year
Beyonce f/ Lady Gaga – Video Phone
B.o.B. f/ Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Drake & Trey Songz – Successfu
Drake f/ Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem – Forever
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind Trey Songz f/ Fabolous – Say Aah
Black Eyed Peas
The Anointed Pace Sisters
Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti
Best New Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female R&B Artist
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B Artist
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