R+B sensation Ciara is celebrating after picking up four nominations for the upcoming 2005 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BET) AWARDS.

The GOODIES singer leads the pack with her nods for Best Female R+B Artist, Best New Artist and Best Collaboration and BET Viewers' Choice for hit tune 1,2 STEP.

The thrilled teenager says, "I didn't think things would happen so fast."

Fellow newcomer John Legend, Kanye West and DESTINY's CHILD each picked up three nominations for the prize-giving, which will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 28 June (05).

Gladys Knight will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while actor Denzel Washington and his wife PAULETTA will take home this year's Humanitarian Award.

The BET Awards will be hosted by Hollywood couple WILL and Jada Pinkett SMITH, while The Game, Ludacris, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey will be among the performers.

17/05/2005 02:47