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
It was ladies night at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Friday (08Nov13) as Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae took home top prizes. Braxton was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and she also picked up Song of the Year for Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. The singer also performed a three-song set during the ceremony.
Monae, who was recovering from a throat infection that prompted her to delay the start of her new tour, claimed the prestigious Video of the Year Award for her Erykah Badu collaboration Q.U.E.E.N.
Other winners included K. Michelle, who was named Best New Artist; Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for Never Should Have); Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d city); Miguel (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Robin Thicke, who landed Song of the Year for his summer anthem Blurred Lines.
Meanwhile, Keith Sweat was honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and scored the event's highlight by performing with Faith Evans, and R&B legend Dionne Warwick was gifted the Legend Award following tribute performances from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle and Gladys Knight.
The superstar quartet each sang a snippet from one of Warwick's hits and then came together to sing her 1985 tune That’s What Friends Are For.
Another performance highlight came at the top of the show when Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Chaka Khan and rapper T.I. for a hits medley, while Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performed The Show with Doug E. Fresh.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat are set to be honoured at the upcoming Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. R&B veteran Sweat has been named the recipient of a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Warwick will receive the night's Legend Award.
The accolade will mark a full circle moment for Warwick, who helped late TV mogul Don Cornelius perfect the 1970s music show that was to become Soul Train, and inspire the awards. Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley and Eric Benet will be among the stars who will pay tribute to the singer at the event.
Meanwhile Sweat will perform a medley of his hits and join Faith Evans for a special performance.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13). Janelle Monae is hoping to bounce back from a throat infection to perform alongside Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds at the awards, which will also feature a Cirque Du Soliel tribute to Michael Jackson.
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year's nominations with six, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13).
Amanda Bynes' mother has urged the troubled star's fans and friends not to be misled by the media as her daughter continues to seek help and treatment for mental health issues, insisting "99 per cent" of what has been reported is wrong. Lynn Bynes, 66, has broken her silence after winning temporary conservatorship of the Hairspray star's affairs, and she's keen to right wrongs about her daughter, who was committed to a psychiatric hospital in July (13) after months of erratic behaviour.
She tells People magazine, "I would really like everyone out there to know that almost 99 per cent of the things written about my daughter in various media outlets are false or misleading."
She adds, "Unless it's a statement issued by our family attorney, Tamar Arminak, please take everything you read about Amanda with a grain of salt.
"Please know that neither myself or other family members have ever released any information regarding her treatment or diagnosis. We truly believe in keeping our daughter's situation private for now.
"We appreciate everyone's heartfelt support and we hope that she can get some privacy and the respect she deserves during this trying time. Both my husband and I love Amanda very much and we know that she will get through this situation."
Bynes is currently seeking treatment at a rehab clinic in Malibu, California.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar will lead the way at the 2013 Soul Train Awards after scoring six top nominations. The hip-hop star's good kid, m.A.A.d city release will compete for Album of the Year, going up against Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and Rihanna's Unapologetic, while his track Poetic Justice, featuring Drake, is up for both song and Video of the Year.
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Chris Brown's Fine China and Tamar Braxton's Love and War have also been shortlisted for the two categories, while Poetic Justic will be in the running for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year too.
In addition, Lamar has earned mentions for Best New Artist and Best Collaboration for his verse on Miguel's How Many Drinks.
Meanwhile, Brown, Thicke, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Charlie Wilson will do battle for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, and Alicia Keys, Braxton, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Fantasia and Chrisette Michelle will compete for the female equivalent.
The Best Dance Performance rundown features Thicke (Blurred Lines), Timberlake (Suit & Tie with Jay Z), Brown (Fine China) and Ciara (Body Party), while the Centric Certified Award will be a fight between the likes of Talib Kweli, Joss Stone and Solange.
The 2013 Soul Train Awards will take place in Las Vegas on 8 November (13) and will be presented by actor Anthony Anderson.
Actress-turned-pop star Ariana Grande has scored her first U.S. album chart number one with her debut release Yours Truly. The former Victorious star has beaten Nine Inch Nails and Tamar Braxton to the top of the Billboard 200 thanks to 138,000 first-week sales.
Grande becomes the first female artist to debut at number one with their first album since Ke$ha took Animal to the top in 2010.
Braxton debuts at two with Love & War and Nine Inch Nails return to the charts at three with Hesitation Marks, their first studio album since 2008.
All three debuts sold more than 100,000 copies in their first week.
John Legend's new album Love in the Future enters the countdown at four and Luke Bryan's former number one, Crash My Party, rounds out the new top five.
The girl power at the top of the album chart extends to the U.S. singles countdown as Katy Perry scores a second week at number one with Roar.
Robin Thicke's former number one Blurred Lines holds at two, while New Zealand teen sensation Lorde shoots up the Hot 100 to three. Jay Z's Holy Grail and Avicii's Wake Me Up! round out the new top five.
Embattled actress Amanda Bynes has fallen victim to cyber criminals after her Twitter.com blog was hacked while she remains under doctors' care in a psychiatric facility in California. The Hairspray star was rumoured to have been granted Internet access on Saturday (31Aug13) after a random message reading "I love Drake" popped up on the micro-blogging site in an apparent reference to the rapper she has both praised and savagely criticised in bizarre online rants in recent months.
However, her attorney, Tamar Armanak, has been quick to set the record straight about the tweet, insisting Bynes has not been allowed to log on since she was hospitalised for mental health issues in July (13).
Armanak tells RadarOnline.com, "Amanda's Twitter account has been hacked. She is at the UCLA Medical Center with no access to phones or computers."
Bynes was recently transferred to UCLA from a facility in Ventura County, California at the request of her mother Lynne, who was named temporary conservator of her daughter's estate last month (Aug13) when her hospital stay was extended for another 30 days.
Meanwhile, Armanak has also distanced Bynes and her family from any association with publicist Jonathan Jaxson, who has been offering up comments about the star's health progress to various media outlets.
The lawyer tells Eonline.com, "Jonathan Jaxson does not represent the Bynes family or Amanda. We are not sure why he is commenting on Amanda's health care or representing himself as a publicist hired by her family. Amanda's family continues to be devoted to their daughter's well being."
Jaxson previously hit headlines in 2011 after former client Kim Kardashian filed suit against the spokesman for making false claims about her alleged attempts to gain media attention in the wake of the reality TV star's split from husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries.
Singer/actress-turned-TV host Adrienne Bailon was left baffled during her backstage interviews with Britney Spears on The X Factor as she was convinced the superstar was just reciting lines fed to her by her handlers. The former The Cheetah Girls star worked as a backstage host on the U.S. reality TV show last year (12), and she had to interview the judges, including Demi Lovato and Spears.
Speaking during an appearance on U.S. talk show The Real, Bailon claimed she had no troubles with Lovato but struggled to interact with troubled pop star Spears.
She says, "The ultimate meltdown was Britney Spears... I worked with her on X Factor and I'm not going to lie to you guys, I would sit and do my interviews with Demi (Lovato) and do the behind-the-scenes stuff. But she (Spears) can't hold a conversation. No. They have someone who feeds her what she is supposed to say. Like she can't hold a conversation."
The Real co-host Tamar Braxton added, "I hear behind the scenes she's trying to get it together."
Singer Tamar Braxton spent her first few days of motherhood questioning her abilities as a parent after she was unable to breastfeed her newborn son. Toni Braxton's sister welcomed little Logan with her husband Vincent Herbert in June (13), but the new mum struggled to bond with the tot as she initially couldn't produce milk - and it left her feeling like a failure.
During a candid interview with U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday (31Jul13), she said, "I guess in a sense I did feel unattached (to the baby) because, you know, I really, really wanted to connect with him because I wanted to breastfeed, and when he didn't latch on, and when I couldn't produce milk, I just felt like, 'Is this the wrong child? Am I the wrong mother?'
"I loved him, but I wasn't like, 'Oh my gosh, yes, my baby!' It wasn't that. It was more like, 'What do I do now?' I was questioning my motherhood, like, 'Is this a mistake that God made? Is this something that I need to handle with my husband?' Because he and the baby connected instantly and I wanted that, and I guess I was a little jealous, pretty much."
Braxton admits her disappointment led her to avoid changing Logan's diaper for the first week-and-a-half as she got to grips with the big change in her life, but things quickly turned around and now she is happier than ever.
She continued, "When he finally latched on, I felt like he got me and I got him and this was all meant to be. I am very happy. I feel complete. He is the best thing that ever happened to me."
Rapper Drake looks set to dominate the upcoming BET Awards after landing 12 nominations. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker received five nods in the category of Video of the Year, with his promos for Started From The Bottom, HYFR (with Lil Wayne), No Lie (with 2 Chainz), Poetic Justice (with Kendrick Lamar), and Problems all getting nods, while he'll compete with collaborators A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar in the Best Collaboration category.
In addition, Drake's Problems and Started From The Bottom are up for the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award, and he'll also battle with Lamar, Future, 2 Chainz, and A$AP Rocky for the title of Best Male Hip Hop Artist. The Best Female Hip Hop Artist trophy will be a fight between Nicki Minaj, Eve, Rasheeda, Rye Rye, and Azealia Banks.
Other nominees include Beyonce, who will duke it out with Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, and Elle Varner for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Miguel, who will battle to become the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
Meanwhile, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Common, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and Denzel Washington will do battle for the top acting nods, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, Sparkle, and Think Like A Man are up for Best Movie.
The winners will be announced during the Los Angeles ceremony, hosted by Chris Tucker, on 30 June (13).