2014 BET Awards Nominees — Tamar Braxton, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and More!
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2014 BET Awards Nominees — Tamar Braxton, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and More!

It’s been a dramatic couple of days for Beyoncé and Jay Z, who saw the family troubles between Jay and Bey’s sis Solange play out across the media. But now the First Couple of Hip Hop has something positive to celebrate: They lead the pack in the 2014 BET Awards nominations, with a combined eight nods, four per spouse!

Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration for “Drunk In Love" with Jay, and Video of the Year twice for "Partition" and "Drunk In Love". In addition to their two shared noms, Jay Z nabbed noms for Best Collaboration with Justin Timberlake and Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

Other notable standouts from the worlds of music, TV, and film? For music, that would be the so-hot-right-now Ariana Grande who is up for Best New Artist, her collaborator Iggy Azalea for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, and our fav shady lady Tamar Braxton who’s competing with Bey for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. On the thespian front, there’s The Wire alums Michael B. Jordan and Idris Elba up for Best Actor, and Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington holding it down on TV as Best Actress nominees.

The awards show, which also honors athletes and international musical acts, will air live at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on June 29.

Here’s the full list of 2014 BET Awards nominees:

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


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 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 (Tanzania)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Toofan (Togo)

Best International Act: UK

Dizzee Rascal


Krept & Konan

Laura Mvula

Rita Ora

Tinie Tempah

Tune into the BET Awards on Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

What do you think of this year’s nods? Tell us in the comments below!

Samantha Lear is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!