Pharrell Williams, Usher, Drake and Lil Wayne are among the first slate of performers announced for the 2014
Beyoncé and Jay Z led the pack of nominees with five each. Their steamy collaboration "Drunk in Love" is up for a handful of trophies including the viewers’ choice award and video of the year, along with Beyoncé's equally R-rated jam "Partition" and videos by
Beyoncé also leads the race for female R&B/pop artist while Jay is up for best male hip-hop artist alongside Future, J. Cole,
Drake, Pharrell and August Alsina trail the power couple with four nominations each.
Chris Rock will host the BET Awards. The highly rated show, which was launched in 2001, now anchors a three-day festival that takes over L.A. Live on June 27-29.