I won’t dignify the recent Knowles/Carter hoopla except to say they should be allowed to handle their matter in private, and that they don’t need to explain what happened to anyone. Bey, Jay and Solange all seem like cool people and I hope whatever issues they had are either worked out or being worked out.
That said, pop music’s SuperCouple leads the pack for nominations for the upcoming BET Awards. Their collaboration “Drunk In Love” is responsible for many of the pair’s nods.
The rest of the nominations are (I guess) a who’s-who of modern R&B. I can’t say I’m a fan of too many of these folks, and the fact that I don’t even recognize a few names probably speaks volumes about how removed I feel from the current music scene. I wouldn’t know an August Alsina or an Angel Haze if you smacked me in the face with one. Of course, familiar names like Pharrell, Drake, John Legend and Justin Timberlake pop up against Jay and Bey.
Also, Hype Williams still directs videos?
The BET Awards will air on June 29th. I no longer have cable, so I won’t be watching. Besides, the commentary on social media these days is usually better than the shows themselves.
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
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
Best New Artist
Rich Homie Quan
Best Gospel Artist
Michael B. Jordan
12 Years a Slave
The Best Man Holiday
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK
Krept & Konan