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Chris Brown leads field at BET awards

Chris Brown
Image caption Brown won the "fandemonium" award at last year's ceremony

US singer Chris Brown has received six nominations ahead of this year's Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards.

The 22-year-old is up for best male R&B artist, the viewer's choice prize and video of the year.

He is nominated twice in the best collaboration category and also gets a nod for acting in the thriller Takers.

The nominations follow the singer's appearance at last year's awards, during which he performed an emotional tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

The event helped restore the public image of the star following his assault on then girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009.

Brown was given five years' probation and six months of community service after pleading guilty to the attack.

Lil Wayne follows Brown with five nominations, three of which come from his guest appearance on Brown's song Look at Me Now.

The 28-year-old rapper is also up for best male hip-hop artist and the viewer's choice award.

Alicia Keys will be among the performers at this year's awards, to be held on 26 June at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The singer received two awards at last year's ceremony, from which Prince took home a lifetime achievement honour.

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