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 LAUNCHMusic.com 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 Male R&B Artist
Best Female R&B Artist
Video of the Year
"Work It"--Missy Elliott
"Love of My Life"--Erykah Badu/Common
"Hot in Herre"--Nelly
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best New Artist
"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
Male Athlete of the Year