Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z are set for a big night at the 2014 BET Awards with four nominations apiece. The Crazy in Love hitmakers will compete against each other in the Best Collaboration category, in which Beyonce's song Drunk in Love, which features her husband, will battle Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail. Drake and Majid Jordan's Hold On (We're Going Home), Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines, YG's My Hitta collaboration with Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan and I Luv This by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ are also up for the prize.
Meanwhile, rivals Jay Z and Drake will go toe to toe in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, alongside Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, while Beyonce will battle Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist title. Jay Z and Beyonce will also vie for the coveted Video of the Year award with the videos for Drunk in Love and Partition, respectively. Pharrell Williams' Happy, Chris Brown's Fine China and Drake's Worst Behavior are also nominated.
In the movie categories, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o and Oprah Winfrey will fight for the Best Actress prize, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan are up for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Movie nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 2014 BET Awards will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
The full list of nominees are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
Best Group A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TGT Young Money
Best Collaboration August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Drake featuring Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home) Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharell Williams - Blurred Lines YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Future J. Cole Jay Z Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Angel Haze Charli Baltimore Eve Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyonce - Partition Beyonce featuring 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 Zendaya
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 featuring T.I. - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" Jhene Aiko - The Worst LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie? Wale featuring 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 Ghetts Krept & Konan Laura Mvula Rita Ora Tinie Tempah
There appears to be some kind of unwritten Hollywood rule that a Young Adult blockbuster must feature a soundtrack stacked with credible indie favorites. First, the Twilight phenomenon roped in the likes of Iron & Wine, Thom Yorke, and Vampire Weekend for three albums' worth of angst-ridden rock, then the Hunger Games series recruited everyone from Arcade Fire to Patti Smith to provide the musical backdrop for The Capitol's annual fight to the death. Now, it's Divergent's turn. The forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling novels shows off its too-cool-for-school credentials with the release of 13 tracks which either helped to inspire or were inspired by its dystopian story.Executive produced by Hans Zimmer, the collection doesn't initially seem to be too concerned about distancing itself from the film's obvious predecessors. Ellie Goulding – who recently lent her featherlight vocals to the Catching Fire soundtrack – shows up three times here, while the shadow of Coldplay's contribution to the aforementioned also hovers over the windswept rock of Snow Patrol's "I Won't Let You Go."
The formulaic hands-in-the-air EDM of superstar DJ Zedd’s opener "Find You" isn't exactly the most encouraging start either. But thankfully, the soundtrack soon recovers to carve out an intriguing and unexpectedly Gallic-tinged identity of its own.
Indeed, it's the three French artists who make the cut who turn out to provide the album's standout moments. Anthony Gonzales's M83 – no stranger to futuristic sci-fi having composed the entire score for Tom Cruise's Oblivion – showcase their triumphant blend of saxophones and synth-rock on the widescreen "I Need You."
Parisian video director-turned-troubadour Woodkid's international profile will no doubt rocket after lending the gothic baroque rock of 2012 single "Run Boy Run" to the movie. While best-known for his work on Kanye West's Yeezus, techno producer Gesaffelstein remains as uncompromising yet hypnotic as ever on the unnerving and appropriately apocalyptic doom-hop of A$AP Rocky collaboration "In Distress."
The latter is also indicative of the album's stronger hip-hop flavour. Chance The Rapper provides a brilliantly off-kilter rap on the spacey electro-R&B of Pia Mia's "Fight For You." Plus, Kendrick Lamar justifying his MTV's Hottest MC in the Game label with an inspired reworking of Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" with the Australian psych-rock revivalists.
Of course, described by director Neil Burger as the inner voice of the film's heroine Tris, it's Goulding who takes center stage. The cloying balladry of "Dead in the Water" and new composition "Beating Heart," essentially a subdued retread of her US No. 2 hit "Lights," fail to leave much impression. However, London trio I See MONSTAS' remix of "Hanging On" is much more vibrant, substituting the original's ethereal qualities for grimy synths, punchy handclaps and pitch-shifted vocals.
If Goulding's omnipresence is supposed to set the tone for the film, then it seems unlikely that Divergent will be as thrilling as its action-packed counterparts. But if it's more in keeping with the rest of the impressively eclectic track-list, then Mockingjay may have a genuine rival for this year's biggest teen-friendly hit.
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Canadian rockers Arcade Fire are in for a big night at the mtvU Woodie Awards after landing a trio of nominations. The Wake Up hitmakers will battle for the Performing title against Jay Z, the XX, Tyler the Creator, Ed Sheeran and The National, while the promo for their song Afterlife is shortlisted for Best Video, alongside Disclosure's Grab Her and Passion Pit's Carried Away, among others.
Arcade Fire are also in the running for the Did It My Way prize, for the creative use of social media, street art and pop-up performances to launch their Reflektor album.
Meanwhile, the Woodie of the Year honour will be a fight between Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Zedd and Disclosure, and the coveted Breaking category features the likes of Sam Smith, Bastille, The 1975 and Jhene Aiko.
The Best Collaboration nominees include Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons for the Radioactive remix, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams for Get Lucky and James Blake and Chance the Rapper for Life Round Here.
The awards, celebrating the music popular with U.S. college students, will take place during the South By Southwest festival in Texas in March (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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British producer Naughty Boy emerged victorious at the U.K.'s Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBOs) on Saturday (19Oct13) after taking home two top honours. The songwriter, real name Shahid Khan, earned prizes for Best Song and Best Video for his hit track La La La featuring Sam Smith.
Soul singer Laura Mvula also celebrated after beating off competition from Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Rita Ora to win Best Female Act, while she was also named Best R&B/Soul Act.
U.K. rapper Wiley attended the 2013 ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland as a multiple nominee, but he walked away with just one award, for Best Male Act.
The annual event featured performances from acts including Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Iggy Azalea.
The full list of winners at the 2013 MOBO Awards, are as follows:
Best Newcomer: Krept and Konan
Best Male Act: Wiley
Best Female Act: Laura Mvula
Best Video: La La La by Naughty Boy
Best UK Hip Hop/Grime: Tinie Tempah
Best Album: Home by Rudimental
Best R&B/Soul Act: Laura Mvula
Best Song: La La La by Naughty Boy
Best International Act: Kendrick Lamar
Best African Act: Fuse ODG
Best Jazz Act: Sons Of Kemet
Best Gospel Act: Lurine Cato
Best Reggae Act: Sean Paul.
Mc Lyte was honoured at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday (28Sep13) for paving the way for female rappers. The 42 year old, who was the first woman to release a full-length rap album in 1988, was handed the I Am Hip-Hop Award by rapper Eve at the event at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Georgia.
Eve told the star-studded crowd, "She set the precedent for female freestylers. I'm truly, truly honoured. She has meant so much to me in my career."
Fellow female rap veteran Queen Latifah recorded a video message praising MC Lyte, as did superstar couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Accepting her prize, Lyte, real name Lana Michelle Moorer, said, "Please keep the dream alive, I am with you."
Other winners including Drake, who was named the People's Champ. The full list of award recipients will be revealed when the prizegiving is broadcast in the U.S. on 5 October (13).
Kendrick Lamar took to the stage to perform a four-minute freestyle rap, while Montana, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony also played.
Snoop Dogg hosted the ceremony.
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His Jerseyed greatness, LeBron James, is taking his talents to South Beach your TV sets, and not in a sneaker ad or an NBA game or anything else that actually makes sense. The NBA star, who has just racked up his second NBA championship in a row with the Miami Heat, will be developing a new television show with Starz called Survivor’s Remorse.
Yes, you read that right. King James, having no more worlds to conquer in basketball, will serve as executive producer for a television show. According to an interview with USA Today, Survivor's Remorse will explore the struggles of two men, one who is a successful NBA star, and one who is not. I wonder which one James is supposed to be... When discussing the themes in his upcoming show, James said, "I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you're not supposed to. You're supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city — (and) being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the savior." The show will clearly take inspiration from James' own success story and subsequent media scrutiny, but James and his business partner, Maverick Carter, stress that it is not supposed to be a biographical story: "It's definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron's life; it's fictional characters living in a fictional world," says Carter.
While the show's actual premise sounds interesting enough, we can't help but guess as to what some of LeBron's original ideas for the show could have been. Maybe he wanted it to be about the entire city of Cleveland suddenly sinking into a sarlacc pit, or maybe Cleveland being consumed by fire and brimstone Sodom and Gomorrah style. You know, something LeBron would really like to see happen.
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