A Rapper Nominated For An Emmy Award? Mos Def

He's up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

And the Emmy nominees are: Antonio Banderas, Al Pacino, James Brolin, Alan Rickman and ... Mos Def?

The rapper/actor will stride down the red carpet this year alongside posh and polished actors and actresses to find out if he will be awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Mos has been nominated for his role as Vivien Thomas in the HBO film "Something the Lord Made" and will be up against veteran actors Banderas, Pacino, Brolin and Rickman (also nominated for his role in "Something the Lord Made") for the honor.

Mos has been previously nominated for awards in recognition of his acting chops. His role in 2002's "Brown Sugar" garnered him a 2003 Image Award bid for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a 2003 BET Award nomination for Best Actor.

Hip-hop fans, fret not; the MC doesn't plan on quitting the rap game anytime soon. He will release his long-awaited second solo album, The New Danger, on September 28, which follows 1999's Black on Both Sides.

Mos also plans a national concert tour in the fall in support of the new album, although his appearance at New York's Delacorte Theater in Central Park on August 27 will be jazz-oriented. His big band will play material by such legends as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Gil-Scott Heron and, er, Beyoncé, as well as original compositions.

Never one to limit himself, Mos Def is wrapping up work on the Disney film "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," slated to hit theaters in 2005. He will also be returning as host of "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" when it returns to HBO for its fourth season, which begins July 18.