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BET Awards 2014: Beyonce and Jay Z lead nominations

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With five each, Beyonce and Jay Z lead the nominations for the 2014 BET Awards

A bit of news to distract you (briefly) from Solangegate: Nominations for the 2014 BET Awards were announced early Wednesday, and Beyoncé and Jay Z led the pack with five each.

The embattled power couple's hit duet "Drunk in Love" is up for collaboration, an award they'd likely prize after TMZ posted video Monday that it said shows Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, attacking Jay Z in an elevator while Beyoncé more or less stands aside.

The music video for "Drunk in Love" was also nominated for video of the year, along with Beyoncé's "Partition" and clips by Chris Brown ("Fine China"), Drake ("Worst Behavior") and Pharrell Williams ("Happy").

Beyoncé's other nominations were for female R&B/pop artist and a viewers' choice award.

Beyond his "Drunk in Love" nods, Jay Z earned a second nomination in the collaboration category with "Holy Grail," his duet with Justin Timberlake, as well as nods for male hip-hop artist and a viewers' choice award.

Drake received four nominations.

The BET Awards are June 29 at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre. You can see the full list of nominations on the network's website.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

UPDATE

4:56 p.m., May 15, 2014: This post has been updated to include nominations for a viewers' choice award not initially announced by BET.

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