Beyoncé, Jay Z lead BET noms

Beyoncé and Jay Z

Beyoncé and Jay Z are leading the pack of BET Awards nominees.

The power couple scored four nods apiece for the upcoming 2014 ceremony celebrating black entertainment.

Beyoncé was named alongside Janelle Monáe, Jhené Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

Her hit single with husband Jay Z also scored the couple nominations for Best Collaboration and Video of the Year, a category which also names her video for Partition.

In addition to his work with Bey, Jay and Justin Timberlake are nominated for Best Collaboration for their hit single Holy Grail. The rapper is also nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist alongside Future, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

The nominations follow just days after video footage emerged appearing to show Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, attacking Jay Z in an elevator after the Met Gala in New York City.

While the couple have not officially commented on reports of the altercation, Beyoncé took to Instagram Wednesday morning to share photos of herself with her sister, writing a simple: “Good Morning.”

Back at BET Drake, Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams and newcomer August Alsina scored three nominations apiece, including Best New Artist for the hip hop singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill, issued a statement Wednesday congratulating those mentioned, Billboard reports.

“This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture. It’s great to see our talented new artists right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers,” he said.

“We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.”

The 2014 BET Awards are scheduled to take place June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The host of the ceremony is expected to be announced Wednesday night in New York.

A complete list of nominees is as follows:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Janelle Monáe

Jhené Aiko

K. Michelle


Tamar Braxton

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

August Alsina

Chris Brown

John Legend

Justin Timberlake

Pharrell Williams

Best Group

A$AP Mob

Daft Punk

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Young Money

Best Collaboration

August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This”

Beyoncé f/ Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”

Drake f/ Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Jay Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”

Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharell Williams – “Blurred Lines”

YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist



J. Cole

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Angel Haze

Charli Baltimore


Iggy Azalea

Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – “Partition”

Beyoncé f/ Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”

Chris Brown – “Fine China”

Drake – “Worst Behavior”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Chris Brown

Colin Tiley

Director X

Hype Williams

Best New Artist

Ariana Grande

August Alsina

Mack Wilds

Rich Homie Quan

Schoolboy Q

Best Gospel Artist

Donnie McClurkin

Erica Campbell

Hezekiah Walker

Tamela Mann

Tye Tribbett

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Gabrielle Union

Kerry Washington

Lupita Nyong’o

Oprah Winfrey

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Forest Whitaker

Idris Elba

Kevin Hart

Michael B. Jordan

YoungStars Award

Gabrielle Douglas

Jacob Latimore

Jaden Smith

KeKe Palmer


Best Movie

12 Years a Slave

The Best Man Holiday

Fruitvale Station

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Brittney Griner

Lolo Jones

Serena Williams

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

Blake Griffin

Carmelo Anthony

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Centric Award

Aloe Blacc – “The Man”

Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”

Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”

LiV Warfield – “Why Do You Lie?”

Wale f/ Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”

Best International Act: Africa

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond Platnumz (Tannzania)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Toofan (Togo)

Best International Act: UK

Dizzee Rascal


Krept & Konan

Rita Ora

Tinie Tempah

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