chamillionaire1.jpgThe nominations for the 5th annual Urban Music Awards were announced on March 17. The event will be held on July 7 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and will feature more than 2,500 artists, producers and executives. The Urban Music Awards is the only award show that lets the fans decide 100 percent of the nominations. Over 570,000 submissions were received this year by urban music fans across the world. Below are the nominees for some of the biggest categories.

Artist of the Year:

Chamillionaire
John Legend
Nas
Nelly Furtado
Papoose

Best Album:

Akon – Konvicted
Bobby Valentino – Special Occasion
Ciara – The Evolution
Diddy – Press Play
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

Best Hip-Hop Act:

Chamillionaire
Jim Jones
Nas
Papoose
The Game
T.I.