Jay Z, Beyonce And Drake Lead BET Awards Nominations

The annual show is set to air on June 29, from Los Angeles.

All of the recent headlines about Jay Z and Beyoncé may have momentarily overhsadowed their music, but let’s not forget that each half of the power couple released a well-received, high-selling album, with a unique rollout in 2013. It’s for work on those projects — Magna Carta Holy Grail and Beyoncé, respectively — that Hov and Bey are being ackowledged at the 2014 BET Awards.

Jay, Bey and Drake — who scored another chart-topper with his third album, Nothing Was The Same — lead the way with five each. Just behind them, with four each, are Pharrell and August Alsina.

On the acting side, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan all earned nominations. Head over to BET for the full list of nominees.

The annual show goes down on June 29, in Los Angeles.

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. & Pharrell 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 Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Ariana Grande
August Alsina
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q

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

Best Movie
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Best Man Holiday”
“Fruitvale Station”
“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”
Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”