Washington, D.C.’s own Wale, a rapper popular for his hits “Pretty Girl” and “Diary,” has been nominated for a BET Award in the “Best New Artist” category.

The entertainer, born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Nigerian parents in the District, released his first album, Attention Deficit, in 2009.

Other artists nominated in the category include female rapper Nicki Minaj, BOB, Young Money and singer Melanie Fiona.

Wale announced his nomination on the social networking Web site Twitter, where he frequently communicates with fans.

For a full list of 2010 nominees, visit BET.com.