NEW YORK - (AP) T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations.
Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pair each, BET told The Associated Press in advance of the announcement later Thursday.
While T-Pain has his own hits, including the chart-topper "Buy U a Drank," the singer and his electronically manipulated voice are often found on other people's songs. He received nominations for best collaboration for his work with Chris Brown ("Kiss Kiss"), West ("Good Life") and Flo Rida ("Low"), while he was also nominated twice in the video of the year category.
"T-Pain is everywhere," BET Executive Vice President Stephen Hill told The Associated Press. "He's got five nominations, none of them for his own work."
"He's had a great year; he's introduced a new element," Hill said, referring to T-Pain's vocoder-assisted vocals that have been replicated by other artists such as Snoop Dogg.
While the nominees include many hitmakers, Hill said the awards also celebrate those who aren't yet in the mainstream, such as R&B singers Estelle and Raheeem DeVaughn, who each received a nomination.
"Our voting panel picked not just the hits but folks who are really talented who are just now getting a shot," he said.
The BET Awards will be presented June 24 in Los Angeles.
Al Green will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Quincy Jones will receive an award for his humanitarian work.
"Besides being the best black awards show that we have, also being one of the best awards show period, their ratings are through the roof," said Nelly, who is set to perform at the live awards show. "They're tuning in — black, white, Japanese, Chinese — you got it, they're tuning in, which says a lot."
Nelly and Usher were among those expected to announce the nominations on BET's "106 & Park" later Thursday. Usher is also set to perform on the live June broadcast, as well as Lil Wayne, Blige and Mariah Carey.
T-PAIN and Flo-rida???!!! I guess no talent gets you awards
whatever, bet is wack, and so are their nominations, i been stopped watching bet along time ago
That's what's up.
I'll be there to present and hopeful accept a few awards one day very soon.
I'm a little concerned about the nominations though,....the caliber of artists...huh???
BET IS SO WACK ...I DON'T EVEN WATCH..THE COPY MTV WITH THEM LOW BUDGET REALITY SHOWS THEY SHOW BABYBOY WEVERY FRIDAY...AND IT'S DUMMED THE LAST BET AWARDS WAS WACK AS HELL TOO!!U AINT GETTIN' MY RATINGS
i wanna c my baby plies, my *** ti and my gul keyshia *** it up on stage.
R DEY SERIOUS CAN WE JUST B SUPRISED BY DA NOMINATIONS *** DIS AINT DA GRAMMYS LOL
congrats to all the nominees i wish them luck !
What happened to the REAL singers?! J Holiday, Ne-yo, Trey Songz, Chris Brown...those guys should be up there. BET has lost their minds.
BET is whack, but I'm glad somebody is honoring Al Green!
wht the hell jus happend.lol
Ok wow I hope now that they ratings are good they won't sell out and get wack like the rest of the award show.
Dang how far is BET going back T-Pain aint make a song in like 3 years.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!! OH AND I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN T-PAIN WAS GOING TO BE NOMINATED FOR ALOT, HE IS FEATURED ON EVERYBODY'S ***, EVEN THE NEW COMERS....GET THAT PAPER PAIN!!!!
bet has the best lifetime achievement performances. i think i will make a point to tune in this year.
cANT wAIT!! tHIS sHOULD be nICE..
Did ya'll know T-Pain only 22 years old???
FLORIDA? OMG HE IS SO LAME. IM SO OVER THIS SHOW ALREADY... BET SUCKS TOO...
WOW didn't know T-Pain had so many haters!!!! You can not deny the fact that the dude is everywhere. Just about everysong that hits the charts is featuring Pain. You have artist that have been in the industry for a while taking notes. Also, the time that he has been out he has worked with just about everyone from being featured on their songs to ghost writing, yes Pain does ghost write. Give that man his props and stop hatin!
I give props to T-Pain but his voice is so annoying. He fits in that same category as Akon. My ears just can't take it. He big now but I give it about another year or so and he'll slowly but surely fade away.
U MEAN TO TELL ME JOHN LEGEND DIDN'T GET A NOMINATION...A SINGER WITH REAL TALENT...BET IS SO WACK!
The BET Awards SUCK ***! They are so clean cut and boring and everything goes as planned! While the VMA's are LIVE AND EXCITING - ALWAYS! And T-Pain can actually sing live without the vocoder! So if you haven't heard him live FALL BACK HATERS and his talking voice is the same too, I know because I talked to him before his concert. He has a very nice voice.
T-PAIN CAN'T SING AT ALL! YOU YOUNGINS ARE SOO FUGGED UP IN THE BRAIN!
@ HauteCoutureDiva, Chris Brown along with Rasheem DaVaungh, J. Holiday, Trey Songz, and Ne-Yo are all nominated for the category of "Best Male R&B Artist". Mary J. Blige was on 106 & Park yesterday announcing the nominations along with some other artists and she announced the nominations for "Best Male R&B Arstist" and those five I mentioned made the category. And I was upset to not see Booker T's picture on that graphic concerning "Best Athlete" yesterday on 106 & Park.
Real black people do not even watch BET. This is the worst award show I have ever seen, the sound is always horrible and the performances wack. As black people we should be ashmed of the channel. That only helps to the stero-type all blacks got is sports and entertainment. There is not intelligent show on the station. So its not suprising that they would be calling Raheem DaVaughn a new comer, when this is his second album. This is why the young people are so confused.
wonder who openin this year
some trick *** was talkin *** yesterday but i handled your light work
Keyshia cole should swwep all three of her catagories. She has had a better year musically than Alicia or Mary.
Thanx 4 da warning MTO...i guess this makes another yr,i wont be watching.
Another Coon Fest
You know BET has not been the same since 2005 when the network was sold. But anyway, i bet the tramp azz Keyshia Cole thought she was about to walk away with a grammy...I think not Byotch! You cant sing live Byotch!
I mean BET AWARD...
I knew that my gal Alicia Keys is going to be there and yes! She did me proud! Go on gal!
BET doesn't count anymore. It's gone so far downhill it's a joke.
DONT NOBODY WATCH BET NO MORE THE STATION HAS TURNED INTO TRASH THEREFORE A NOMINATION FROM THEM DONT MEAN ***!
BET has fell off because of the garbage music today. They need to at least bring *** love back. But the celebration of soul music and the artistic insights of our fellow blacks won't ever be trash