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BET Awards Are Back!

  The nominations are out! Some are happy about the selection while others are CLEARLY not.  Honestly, I'm indefferent about the nominees, especially since it's been an "extremist" year (by extremist, I mean 9 times out of 10 you already know who's going to win the award - based on their media popularity and pop culture takeover.) I am, however, looking forward to covering the 2011 BET Awards again, LIVE from LA June 26th - last year, the BET Blogger Suite was posh!  (Did you miss 2010 BET Awards? Check out last year's coverage HERE) Hosted by Kevin Hart, this year's BET Awards standouts includes Chris Brown leading with 6 nominations, Lil Wayne received 5 and Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake tie with 4 a nominations a piece. Cee Lo Green and Bruno Mars Go Head-to-head for Best Male R&B Artist along with Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Usher...(my vote is Chris Brown on this one!) And the BET Awards 2011 nominees are: (My Winner Picks in *bold*) Disclaimer:  I am by no means a music blogger, but I do know entertainment and my 10+ years in radio kinda gives me a "heads up" on what's going to happen.   Best Female R&B Artist   Beyoncé (who may actually show up this time since she's promoting her new album...) Marsha Ambrosius Keri Hilson Jennifer Hudson Rihanna       Best Male Hip-Hop Artist   B.o.B Drake Lil Wayne Rick Ross (I think they're actually going to give it to the big guy this time, he had an incredible year.) Kanye West   Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Nicki Minaj (*By process of elimination, and choosing the lesser of four evils...) Diamond (*BBM Confused face*) Cymphonique (Um, who is she?) LoLa Monroe (The VIDEO VIXEN?!?!?)   Best Male R&B Artist Chris Brown (*Several BET Specials and tear-jerking performance, his WIN will be the comeback story of the year...I wouldn't be surprised if Rhianna even showed up too.) Cee Lo Green Bruno Mars Trey Songz Usher   Best Group Diddy-Dirty Money (*I have to admit, this is one of my favorite albums right now...) Cali Swag District N.E.R.D. New Boyz Travis Porter   Best Collaboration B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes” Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – “Look at Me Now” (*See Best Male R&B commentary for explanation.) Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall – “Deuces” Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – “No Hands” Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name?” Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “All of the Lights”   Video of the Year Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away” B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes” Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now” Keri Hilson – “Pretty Girl Rock” Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair” Kanye West f/ Pusha T – “Runaway”   Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Mr. Boomtown Chris Robinson Kanye West Hype Williams (*He still wears me out with all the hallucinogenic colors in all his videos.*)   Best New Artist J. Cole Bruno Mars (*Although I feel that Miguel is more deserving, I'll have to stick by Bruno Mars for this one.) Miguel Willow Smith Wiz Khalifa   Best Gospel Byron Cage Deitrick Haddon Mary Mary (*Have you heard their latest album?  Nuff said.) Karen Clark Sheard BeBe & CeCe Winans   Best Actress Halle Berry Taraji P. Henson Regina King Zoe Saldana Kerry Washington   Best Actor Laz Alonso Chris Brown Don Cheadle Idris Elba Jamie Foxx   YoungStars Award Shenell Edmonds Keke Palmer Diggy Simmons Jaden Smith Willow Smith (*TIE* Cause Will Smith said so...)   Best Movie Death at a Funeral For Colored Girls Takers The Book of Eli Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?   Sportswoman of the Year Tamika CatchingsCandice Dupree Maya Moore Serena Williams Venus Williams   Sportsman of the Year Carmelo Anthony Kobe Bryant LeBron James Derrick Rose Michael Vick   Viewer’s Choice Award Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now” Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot” Mindless Behavior – “My Girl” Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – “Moment 4 Life” Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name?” Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”   Centric Award Marsha Ambrosius Eric Benet Cee-Lo Green R. Kelly Kem   Best International Act: U.K. VV Brown Chipmunk Laura Izibor Skepta Tinchy Stryder Tinie Tempah   Best International Act: Africa 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) D’Banj (Nigeria) D-Black (Ghana) Angelique Kidjo (Benin) Fally Ipupa (Congo DR) Teargas (South Africa)

How would you like to attend the BET AWARDS 11 in Los Angeles?  BET is giving you a chance to win tickets simply by sharing your world with the world!  Click HERE for details on how to enter.

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