Young Money’s Drake, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay Z are in for a big year as they lead the upcoming 2014 BET Awards nominees. #LetsStartTheShow
According to reports, Jay and Bey are both tied with four nods.
BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Drunk In Love”), and Video of the Year twice (“Partition,” “Drunk In Love”). Besides being nominated alongside Beyoncé for Video of the Year and twice for Best Collaboration, Jay is also nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. The nominations announcement comes two days after footage leaked of Solange attacking Jay Z in a The Standard Hotel elevator the night of the Met Gala. Drake, Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams and August Alsina follow behind with three nominations each. (Billboard)
BET executive Stephen Hill has issued a statement on the upcoming big celebration.
“This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture,” says Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials via a press release. “It’s great to see our talented new artist’s right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.” (Statement)
Although Chris Tucker hosted the annual star-studded event last year, rap star Kendrick Lamar clearly stole the show after bringing out R&B icon Erykah Badu for his “Don’t Kill My Vibe” set.
The 2013 BET Awards are taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California hosted by the one and only Chris Tucker, and with performances and appearances from some of the biggest names in Black music. Right after winning the Best New Artist Award, Kendrick Lamar took to the stage opening with “Backseat Freestyle” before rolling into a special performance of “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” with special guest Erykah Badu. (Soul Culture UK)
The Aftermath protégé also managed to squeeze in time to accept a few awards.
Kendrick Lamar, who performed with Badu, won best new artist and best male hip-hop artist. “Most importantly to my little home boys and my home girls back in the city, you looking at me on TV right now, I came up in that same county building, food stamps, welfare section eight … this is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to,” said Lamar, who is from Compton. He, along with 2 Chainz, are the second most nominated acts behind Drake, who is up for 12 honors, including five nominations for video of the year, which has 10 nominees. (Fox News)