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The White Elephant

in the Room

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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46.

TradePlacesWithParis    

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2604 days ago
47.

Juke    

Sorry Robin, "no crackers allowed"...

2604 days ago
48.

TradePlacesWithParis    

damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2604 days ago
49.

Save Joe Francis     


R Kelly invited him so he could "flirt" with Robin's chick.

2604 days ago
50.

Ronny    

I think he should win the award. Black Entertainment Television isn't about having an "all black" network, regardless of what some people think. The black community already embraces Robin Thicke's music anyway, so if he wins, it'd be well-deserved.

2604 days ago
51.

Edward    

Let the white man win....it's an equal chance.

2604 days ago
52.

kbn    

I'm african american and feel Robin Thicke is more than worthy of the win. There is no need to be racist when something has been well earned and I think "our" people welcome him with open arms. I saw him in concert and was impressed. I purchased both of his albums; one of the songs he actually sounds like Stevie Wonder. Good luck to him...

2604 days ago
53.

Anna    

He is not going to get "best male" being Gerald Levertt passed away. But he will get "Viewers Choice" Well at least with the others in the nomination with him, he should win it.

2604 days ago
54.

THEMOMMA    

BET AWARDS IS RACIST....................... IF THEIR WERE A "WET " ( WHITE ENTERTAINMENT AWARD ) WE'D HAVE JESSE JACKSON, SHARPTON, AND THE LIST GOES ON HOLDING NEWS CONFERENCES CALLING " WET " A RACIST ORGANIZATION ........ ENOUGH OF THIS REVERSE DISCRIMINATION THE BLACKS LIKE TO HOLLER ABOUT .....................

2604 days ago
55.

Rich    

NO-NO-NO-NO-NO

2604 days ago
56.

NOT a fan of TMZ    

Why is it... really... ok for them to make a huge deal out of this? It's ok for BET, and shows on it, to be completely obnoxious and IN YOUR FACE about making fun of white, hispanic, asian and anyone else who's not black...

How is that N-O-T racist?

BET is the poster child of racism.

2604 days ago
57.

Fred    

Well he's married to Paula Patton, BET should give him an award for THAT!

2604 days ago
58.

Rich    

ANY rapper, person who listens to rap, person who purchases rap, person who posseses rap, person who professes a taste for rap, or person who professes a taste for a person who professes a taste for rap should be jailed for the remainder of their natural life! (only if there is a power outage at the state pen that has disabled the use of the electric chair)

2604 days ago
59.

Jimbo    

I would love to see what would happen if we had the WET awards and a black never won....

2604 days ago
60.

Rick    

#8
I'm in total agreement with you.
I think Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man. These other clowns aren't even close.

2604 days ago
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