Cee-Lo Green, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz and Usher will all vie for the 2011 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist, Terrence and Rocsi announced Tuesday on 106 & Park. Beyoncé, Marsha Ambrosius, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna will face off next month in Los Angeles for the award for Best Female R&B Artist.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in multiple entertainment fields. This year some of those categories include Best Group, Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Actress, Best Actor, Video Director of the Year, and even Sportsman of the Year, to name a few.
Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” is among the videos nominated for Video of the Year. The 10-year-old also received a nomination for Best New Artist. Other Best New Artist nominees include J.Cole, Bruno Mars, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa. Willow Smith is also nominated for a YoungStars award along with her brother Jaden.
Cali Swag District, known for their famous song “The Dougie” is nominated for Best Group. Sadly, the nomination comes a day after M-Bone was killed in a drive-by shooting.
The 2011 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26, at 8P/7C from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, and will be hosted by Kevin Hart.
Click here for the complete list of nominees and a chance to vote for the Viewers' Choice Award.