Nelly, Missy Elliot Top BET Awards

Nelly, Missy Elliot Top BET Awards

Nelly backstage at the 2001 Soul Train Music Awards

The Black Entertainment Network announced Wednesday the nominees for the 3rd Annual BET Awards, with hip-hop artists Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and Nelly each receiving three nominations, reports.

Halle Berry and Queen Latifah each got a nod for best actress, while Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson made it to the best actor list. Soul legend James Brown is scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Earvin “Magic” Johnson is slated to receive the Humanitarian Award.

Lil’ Kim, who was nominated for best female hip-hop artist, told she felt like she’s proven herself in the entertainment industry–which she thinks is often harder for women. “When you’re a female you do have to prove yourself, unfortunately,” Kim said. “I feel like women are coming up and I thank God that we’re able to be recognize for our talent in this game and not just for our bodies.”

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BET cable channel from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on June 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Comedian Mo’Nique will host the event, which will feature performances by James Brown, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, India.Arie, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg.

The list of nominees includes:

Best Group


The Roots

Mary Mary



Best Male R&B Artist


Justin Timberlake

R. Kelly



Best Female R&B Artist

Erykah Badu


Heather Headley


Vivian Green

Video of the Year

“Lose Yourself”–Eminem

“Work It”–Missy Elliott

“Love of My Life”–Erykah Badu/Common


“Hot in Herre”–Nelly

Best Actress

Halle Berry

Sanaa Lathan

Nicole Ari Parker

Queen Latifah

Gabrielle Union

Best Actor

Nick Cannon

Samuel L. Jackson

Derek Luke

Mos Def

Denzel Washington

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist


50 Cent

Snoop Dogg




Best Female Hip-Hop Artist


Missy Elliott

Lil’ Kim

Ms. Jade


Best New Artist

Sean Paul

Heather Headley

50 Cent


Justin Timberlake

Best Collaboration

“Dilemma”–Nelly featuring Kelly

“’03 Bonnie & Clyde”–Jay-Z featuring Beyonce

“Gossip Folks”–Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris & Ms. Jade

“Beautiful”–Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams

“Love Of My Life”–Erykah Badu featuring Common

Female Athlete of the Year

Laila Ali

Lisa Leslie

Sheryl Swoopes

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Male Athlete of the Year

Barry Bonds

Kobe Bryant

Allen Iverson

Tracy McGrady

Tiger Woods