R+B beauty Beyonce Knowles and funk duo Outkast lead the nominations at this year's (04) BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV (BET) AWARDS.

The sexy singer and the hip-hop group have garnered five nominations each, followed closely by Usher with four and Alicia Keys with two.

Janet Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Usher and Outkast are all due to perform at the event, which will be hosted by comedienne MONIQUE at the KODAK THEATRE in Hollywood on 29 June (04).

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS star Danny Glover and soul legends the Isley Brothers will be honoured with the Humanitarian Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award respectively.

The main 2004 nominations are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

BEYONCE FEATURING JAY-Z - CRAZY IN LOVE

ALICIA KEYS - YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME

OUTKAST - HEY YA!

OUTKAST FEATURING SLEEPY BROWN - THE WAY YOU MOVE

USHER FEATURING LUDACRIS + Lil Jon - YEAH

BEST GROUP:

Floetry

G-Unit

Jagged Edge

LIL JON + THE EAST SIDE BOYZ

OUTKAST

BEST MALE R+B ARTIST:

Anthony Hamilton

R. KELLY

Ruben Studdard

USHER

Luther Vandross

BEST FEMALE R+B ARTIST:

BEYONCE

MARY J. BLIGE

JANET JACKSON

ALICIA KEYS

Monica

BEST ACTOR:

Laurence Fishburne

Samuel L Jackson

Bernie Mac

Mos Def

Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS:

Halle Berry

Vivica A Fox

BEYONCE KNOWLES

SANAA LATHAM

Gabrielle Union

VIEWER'S CHOICE (BEST VIDEO):

BEYONCE - CRAZY IN LOVE

OUTKAST - HEY YA!

OUTKAST- THE WAY YOU MOVE

KANYE WEST - ALL FALLS DOWN

LIL JON + THE EAST SIDE BOYZ FEATURING YING YANG TWINS - GET LOW

USHER, LUDACRIS AND LIL JON - YEAH.

13/05/2004 17:02