chris brownChris Brown leads the nominations with 6 nods for this year’s Black Entertainment Awards, the annual awards bash celebrating music and entertainment influenced by the American black community.

The ‘Yeah 3x’ singer has an impressive haul of nominations, including Best Male R&B Artist, Viewer’s Choice and Video of the Year for his track ‘Look at Me Now’.

He has also picked up two nominations in the ‘Best Collaboration’ category for his tracks ‘Look At Me Now’ – featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne – and ‘Deuces’, which includes vocals from Tyga and Kevin McCall. Brown’s sixth nomination is ‘Best Actor’ for his role in thriller Takers.

Chris immediately took to twitter after the nominations, writing: “Thx to B.E.T for all the support and I love you.”

He is joined in the Best Male R&B Artist category by Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz and Usher.

rihannaLil Wayne follows in the number of nominations, with five nods for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Viewer’s Choice and three more through his guest appearance on Chris’ ‘Look at me Now’, while Rihanna bags the most nominations of any female performer, having being named in four categories.

In the Female R&B Artist category Rihanna finds herself up against Marsha Ambrosius, Beyonce, Keri Hilson and Jennifer Hudson. The Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category sees Nicki Minaj face off against Diamond, Cymphonique and Lola Monroe.

UK artists are making enormous strides internationally. Former Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius is up for three awards in the Best Female R&B Artist, Video of the Year and the Centric Award category after the release of her critically acclaimed album Late Nights & Early Mornings.

Leading UK grime and rap stars Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, Skepta and Tinie Tempah alongside Laura Izibor and VV Brown have been nominated for Best International Act UK.

Kevin Hart will host the show at LA’s Shrine Auditorium on June 26 and the show will air on UK TV on Thursday 30 June, 2011 at 8pm. (Sky Channel 191 and Freesat 140).

List of main category nominations for the BET Awards 2011:

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson

Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group

Diddy-Dirty Money
Cali Swag District
New Boyz
Travis Porter

Best Collaboration

B.o.B. featuring Haley Williams of Paramore, ‘Airplanes’
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, ‘Look at Me Now’
Chris Brown featuring Tyga & Kevin McCall, ‘Deuces’
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale, ‘No Hands’
Rihanna featuring Drake, ‘What’s My Name’
Kanye West featuring Rihanna, ‘All of The Lights’

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Lola Monroe
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year

Marsha Ambrosius, ‘Far Away’
B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, ‘Airplanes’
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, ‘Look at Me Now’
Keri Hilson, ‘Pretty Girl Rock’
Willow Smith, ‘Whip My Hair’
Kanye West featuring Pusha T, ‘Runaway’

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom
Mr. Boomtown
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist

J. Cole
Bruno Mars
Willow Smith
Wiz Khalifa

Best Gospel

Byron Cage
Deitrick Haddon
Mary Mary
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

Young Stars Award

Shenell Edmonds
Keke Palmer
Diggy Simmons
Jaden Smith
Willow Smith

Best Movie

“Death at a Funeral”
“For Colored Girls”
“The Book of Eli”
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?”

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Tamika Catchings
Candice Dupree
Maya Moore
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Derrick Rose
Michael Vick

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Nominees

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