T-Pain leads BET Award noms with five

Kanye West, Keyshia Cole follow with three

Need a hit? Call T-Pain.

The rapper-singer won a Grammy this year for collaborating with Kanye West on "Good Life," and now he leads the field with five BET nominations, announced Thursday.

Kanye West and Keyshia Cole are next with three noms apiece, followed by Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Flo Rida with two each.

Al Green will be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and Quincy Jones will receive an award for his humanitarian work.

T-Pain has had solo hits -- his "Buy U a Drank" topped the Billboard Hot 100 last year -- but all of his BET noms involve teamwork. He's up for best collaboration for his work on the top 10 hit "Good Life" along with a pair of chart-toppers: Flo Rida's megahit "Low" and Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss." The multihyphenate from Tallahassee, Fla., also is nommed twice in the video of the year category.

"T-Pain is everywhere," BET executive vp Stephen Hill said. "He's got five nominations, none of them for his own work.

"He's had a great year; he's introduced a new element," Hill said, referring to T-Pain's vocoder-assisted vocals that have been replicated by other artists including Snoop Dogg.

Among the hitmaking nominees are some acts who aren't yet in the mainstream, including R&B singers Raheem DeVaughn and Estelle.

"Our voting panel picked not just the hits but folks who are really talented who are just now getting a shot," he said.

The BET Awards will be presented June 24 in Los Angeles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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