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Here’s the BET Awards (outside of performances) in a nutshell:

August Alsina cried and won two awards. Pharrell won twice, too. Lionel Richie received the Lifetime Achievement award and dropped knowledge (“soul is a feeling not a color”). Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip Hop Artist and shaded all (or just one) of the rapper(s) that don’t write their own rhymes before talking about a time recently when she thought she was going to die but didn’t want to call 911 because she didn’t want to be on TMZ (???). (Her speech probably set feminists back a few years, but it was certainly entertaining to watch.)

The awards aren’t usually the draw to the BET Awards, though. They’re fun to watch, but they’re usually not taken as seriously as they are in other awards shows.

Still, the show was pretty entertaining overall when you look at the award speeches and the performances as a whole.

2014 was a good year for the BET Awards. Continue reading

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Let’s be honest, most of us forgot about the BET Awards up until the last minute this year. The Awards Show just didn’t seem to be offering anything worth watching based on it’s promo.

It turns out, though, there were actually some genuinely good surprises in this year’s show. And, no, Beyonce and Jay Z’s “special performance” (from their On the Run tour via satellite) was not one of them. From Chris Brown’s first performance since being released from jail, to unexpected medleys from Usher and throwback bands like Silk and Color Me Badd to a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott during Pharrell’s opening number, this show really was full of exciting moments.

Maybe it’s a good thing the network didn’t tweet out the surprises before the show. A part of what made them great is that they were genuinely unexpected.

Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Lil Wayne and more also graced the stage during the show. Continue reading

Pharrell Williams in “Happy” video

Pharrell Williams in “Happy” video

Pharrell, Usher, Drake and Lil Wayne will perform at the 2014 BET Awards on June 29.

The artists are the first performers to be announced for the annual awards show, which will be hosted by Chris Rock this year. The live show will take place in L.A. at the Nokia Theatre.

Jay Z and Beyonce lead this year’s nominees with four nominations each.

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Jay Z & Beyonce in "Drunk in Love" video

Jay Z & Beyonce in “Drunk in Love” video

The 2014 BET Awards are right around the corner and the nominations are officially in.

Jay Z and Beyonce lead the pack with four nominations each, while newcomers Jhene Aiko, Ariana Grande and August Alsina also snagged nods.

The Carters’s “Drunk In Love’ is nominated for Best Collaboration and Video of the Year. Jay Z’s Justin Timberlake-assisted single “Holy Grail” is also up for Best Collaboration. No matter who wins in that category (even if it’s not one of the Carters), it should be a great night for the family. Beyonce also has another nod in Video of the Year (“Partition”) and is up for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Jay Z is also up for Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

In addition to being nominated for Video of the Year for “Fine China,” Chris Brown also snagged a nomination in the Video Director of the Year category. He is also nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.

The BET Awards will take place on June 29.

Check out the music nominations below. Continue reading

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I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the BET Awards this year, but the network honestly put on a solid show! With amazing performances from Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, R. Kelly and an AMAZING star studded tribute to Charlie Wilson, this is definitely one of the best BET Awards in years.

Check out all of the fun performances below! Continue reading

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The BET Awards are less than a week away, but the performers are still rolling in! The network announced two new performers today via Twitter! “Blurred Lines” artists Robin Thicke and T.I. are set to hit the stage when the live awards show airs on June 30 at 8 p.m. I think it’s safe to say they’ll be performing the hit song together. Maybe Pharrell will join them?

 

Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown and Ciara are also set to perform.

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This is happening.

Justin Timberlake has been added to the BET Awards performance lineup, according to 106 & Park’s twitter page. The show will take place on June 30, which only about a week ago, but there hasn’t been much hype around the event this year. Timberlake joins the growing lists of performers which already included Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown and Ciara.

Hopefully JT will perform his latest single “Tunnel Vision.”

 

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The BET Awards, which airs next Sunday (June 30), will have quite a few performances, despite a lack of promotion. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Ciara joined the list of performers this week, which already included Kendrick Lamar, Miguel & Chris Brown. No word yet on if Carey and Miguel will perform together, but Ciara will release the music video for her latest single “I’m Out” before her performance at the awards show’s pre-show, according to Rap-up. Comedian Chris Tucker will serve as this year’s host.

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Drake in “Started From the Bottom” Video

Drake in “Started From the Bottom” Video

BET held a conference to announce this year’s BET Award nominees moments ago with Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Kendrick Lamar and Charlie Wilson announcing this year’s nominees. Drake scored a total of 12 nominations and Chris Brown was announced as one of this year’s performers. Breezy also announced that his new song features Aaliyah…

Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz scored 8 nomination each and Beyonce snagged a nod in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category just because. Brandy Norwood her album Two Eleven were ignored, though, which is a real tragedy.

The BET Awards will take place on June 30 and be hosted by Chris Tucker. Continue reading

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BET has announced The BET Experience, a 3 day celebration from June 28-30, leading up to the BET Awards. The event will kick off with The Mrs. Carter World Tour, when Beyonce plays in L.A. at the Staples Center. Following Beyonce’s concert, Erykah Badu will play at Club Nokia.

On June 29 , Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Snoop Lion and SchoolBoy Q will perform at the Staples Center, followed by another show at Club Nokia, this time with The Roots.

Lastly, The Jacksons, New Edition, and R. Kelly will play at the Staples Center on June 30, followed by the last Club Nokia show with Kirk Franklin.

The BET Awards will take place on July 1 at the Nokia Theatre.

Tickets go on sale on Feb. 11.

What do you think about the lineups?

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