Foxx tops BET nominees

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Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx picked up five nominations at the BET Awards, which honor the leading black players in music, film/TV, and sport, organizers said Tuesday.

The Ray star, who was honored mostly for his musical achievements, led a list that included four nominations each for hip-hop stars Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott, and R&B; singer Mary J. Blige. Winners will be unveiled June 27 during a ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on the BET cable channel.

Performers will include Blige, Mariah Carey, rapper T.I., and Kanye West. Chaka Khan and Harry Belafonte will receive tributes. Damon Wayans will host.

Foxx received two nominations in the best duet/collaboration category and was also cited for male R&B; artist, actor, and video of the year.

Rhymes will vie for best male hip-hop artist, duet/collaboration (with Elliott and Blige), video of the year (with Elliott and Blige), and the viewer's choice award.

In addition to their duet/collaboration and video nods, Rhymes, Elliott, and Blige each received individual mentions in the video category. Additionally, Elliott was cited for female hip-hop artist and Blige for female R&B; artist.

Other multiple nominees included West, Ne-Yo, and Chris Brown with three each; and Anthony Hamilton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Lloyd Banks, Carey, Mary Mary, Papoose, Rah Digga, Slim Thug, and T.I. with two each.

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