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The White Elephant

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6/14/2007 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hang on tight -- its about to get racial up in here. TMZ has learned that 2007 could be the first year that a white musician wins a Black Entertainment Television Award ... besides Michael Jackson.

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Platinum-selling superstar Robin Thicke has been nominated for two BET Awards: Best Male R&B Artist, and his song "Lost Without You" is up for a Viewer's Choice Award. Only two other white artists have ever even been nominated for a BET Award -- Justin Timberlake and Eminem -- but neither of them took home the prize. Could Robin break down the BET color barrier?!

The competition is thick; Thicke is up against Akon, John Legend, Gerald Levert, and Ne-Yo for Best Male, and competing with Beyonce, Birdman & Lil' Wayne, Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown, Ciara and UNK for the Viewer's Choice.

The BET Awards will be live from The Shrine in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 26.

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166.

Whatever    

Why is everyone screaming racist because BET has their own award show. The channel is called BET so the award show is called BET awards. Just like CMT has their own award show, ALMA has their own award show, the Latin Grammy, their is a Latino channel SI TV. Everyone is screaming racist when white people OWN BET! Do your research first before you start yelling racism. Also Robin does deserve to win but it's not a big deal just because he's white on BET awards. How many Blacks have won on CMT award show?

2576 days ago
167.

PN    

Robin Thicke's a very good R&B singer. I'd say give it to him. Black audiences love his voice too (myself included). There have been many blue eyed singers over the years that have wonderful singing styles (George Michael, Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, Jordan Knight, Justin Timberlake, others) . It was smart that they kept him at two nominations. But I feel that Gerald Levert will win the Male award. And Akon might win Viewer's Choice--he's been all over radio and the charts the past 6-7 months! They'll have a huge tribute to Gerald--it will be a multi-artist tribute of performers singing his songs. Robin Thicke put his Lost Without You single at the right time just as Justin Timberlake's hits were cooling down. He has such a nice falsetto singing voice! He's heavily influenced by a lot of the R&B greats like Stevie Wonder and others. Beyonce has him as her opening act for her tour this summer--that will be a HOT concert!

2576 days ago
168.

WHATDIDYOUJUSTSAY    

ITS AMAZING HOW PEOPLE SCREAM AND KICK AND CRY ABOUT BET AWARDS BEING RACIST WHEN THE BET NETWORK WAS DEVELOPED BECAUSE BLACK MUSIC VIDEOS WERE VIRTUALLY MISSING FROM MTV! THEN WHEN WE GET OUR OWN THANG...AND IT BECOMES SUCCESSFUL...SOOOOME PEOPLE WANT TO CALL IT RACIST. GET OVER IT AND CONGRATS TO ROBIN THICKE...HE'S TALENTED!

2573 days ago
169.

squirrel    

There shouldn't even BE a BET award! How racist is that??? Why don't we have WET? White Entertainment Television??? Yeah, and every civil rights activist would be breathing down our throats! Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton etc. etc. Enough of this crap! The slaves were freed, ya know?

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