BET President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill has stepped forward to address the buzz surrounding R&B star Keyshia Cole not receiving any nominations for the upcoming annual BET Awards ceremony.

Hill said the final nominees were the result of playing the numbers game.

“This one’s a tough one. We simply had to go, as we always do, with the artists who got the most votes in that [best female R&B artist] category. The nominations consist of the artists that got the top votes in that category when put to our voting academy. If there is six nominations in a category that means there was a tie.”

The ceremony is set to take place next month.

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