Justin Bieber among black entertainment nominees
So when they say "Black Entertainment" it means more than just black entertainers, apparently.Bieber, 16, will compete in the best new artist category and was nominated for the awards alongside such prominent black performers as rapper Jay-Z, who led the field with five nominations, and his wife Beyonce, who scored four.
The BET Awards typically honor black singers, actors, actresses and athletes, but officials described Bieber as a cross-over artist.
"Bieber has crossed the color boundaries the same way that hip-hop has crossed the boundaries the other way for a number of years," said Stephen Hill, BET's President of Music Programing and Specials. The awards will be held on Los Angeles on June 27.