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Solange Knowles stole the limelight but Beyoncé and Jay Z fight back with eight BET Awards nominations

Beyonce and Jay Z, who have been in the centre of a media frenzy this week following the alleged elevator confrontation between Knowles's sister Solange and the rapper- have scored four nominations apiece for the BET Awards which celebrate black entertainment.

 Beyoncé was named alongside Janelle Monáe, Jhené Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

 Her hit single with husband Jay Z also scored the couple nominations for Best Collaboration and Video of the Year, a category which also names her video for Partition.

 In addition to his work with Bey, Jay and Justin Timberlake are nominated for Best Collaboration for their hit single Holy Grail. The rapper is also nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist alongside Future, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

 The nominations follow just days after video footage emerged appearing to show Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, attacking Jay Z in an elevator after the Met Gala in New York City.

 While the couple have not officially commented on reports of the altercation, Beyoncé took to Instagram Wednesday morning to share photos of herself with her sister, writing a simple: “Good Morning.”

Back at BET Drake, Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams and newcomer August Alsina scored three nominations apiece, including Best New Artist for the hip hop singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill, issued a statement Wednesday congratulating those mentioned, Billboard reports.

 "This year's nominees represent the best of the culture. It's great to see our talented new artists right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers,” he said.

 "We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees."

 The 2014 BET Awards are scheduled to take place June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The host of the ceremony is expected to be announced Wednesday night in New York.

 A complete list of nominees is as follows:


 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. & Pharell Williams - "Blurred Lines"

 YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - "My Hitta"


 Best Male Hip Hop Artist



 J. Cole

 Jay Z

 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 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



 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 (Tannzania)

 Mafikizolo (South Africa)

 Sarkodie (Ghana)

 Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

 Toofan (Togo)


 Best International Act: UK

 Dizzee Rascal


 Krept & Konan

 Rita Ora

 Tinie Tempah

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