Beyonce and Jay Z lead this year's BET Awards nominations.
The superstar couple have garnered five nods apiece at the annual awards ceremony celebrating the best in black entertainment, while rapper Drake is also up for five gongs.
Beyonce is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year for "Partition," and also shares two nods with husband Jay - Best Collaboration and Video of the Year for their hit single, "Drunk in Love."
Jay is also up for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and has a Best Collaboration nod with Justin Timberlake for their track together, "Holy Grail."
"This year's nominees represent the best of the culture. It's great to see our talented new artist's right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees," said BET's president of music programming and specials Stephen Hill.
Rihanna is preparing to release her next album with Roc Nation after leaving Def Jam.
The "Diamonds" singer, who was already being managed by Jay Z's record label, has now inked a deal and her profile on Roc Nation's website has been updated, which lists her as one of their big name acts.
Rihanna first signed her record deal with Def Jam in 2005, when she was just 17, and claims then-label-president Jay Z wouldn't let her out of his office until she put pen to paper. Since then, she has released all seven of her chart conquering albums with the label, including 2011's Unapologetic, despite Jay Z leaving his role to start up Roc Nation in 2009.
Rihanna had already parted ways with her former manager Marc Jordan and signed with Jay's Roc Nation management team in 2010 but it now appears she is also signed to the label.
Hip-hop's royal couple, Jay Z and Beyonce, are taking their duet act to cities everywhere this summer.
After months of rumors circulated in anticipation of the event, Beyonce confirmed the news by posting a photo of the pair (seen above) wearing ski masks with the words "On the Run Tour" written across it. The tour - which will stop by at least 13 cities this summer - will kick off on June 25th in Miami and end August 5th in San Francisco.
Tickets for general sale are expected to be available this Friday.
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Beyonce has sacked her manager and become her own boss.
The "Drunk In Love" hitmaker and Jay Z are now in total control of her career after ditching Live Nation executive Faisal Durrani, although her husband doesn't hold an official professional position.
"Jay has been heavily involved in Beyonce's career for years, and was instrumental in organizing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. But he isn't officially regarded as her manager - she really is independent," a source said.
The change in focus is to make sure her career is handled with her family in mind, and with the couple reportedly keen to give their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy a sibling in the future. "Now the couple have Blue, she wants to make sure her family come first at all times, especially as there's talk of them adding to the brood. The best way to do that is to make sure all managerial decisions are made by her and her husband - together," the insider added.
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pink are among the artists set to perform at the Grammy Awards later this month.
The "Just Give Me a Reason" hitmaker is set to perform the duet, nominated for Song of the Year, with indie rocker Nate Ruess from FUN, while Katy will sing her recent hit "Roar" at the 56th ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.
"Everything Has Changed" singer Taylor, who is nominated for Album of the Year, Best Country Song, Best Country Duo/Pop Performance and Best Country Album, will also take to the stage.
Other performers will include Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, T.I., Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Robin Thicke, who will sing his hit "Blurred Lines" alongside the '70s and '80s band Chicago, whose "The Chicago Transit Authority" album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.
Beyonce recorded "about 80 songs" for her surprise album.
The 32-year-old singer released her self-titled record earlier this month following a year of hard work, and she admits she had a hard job of whittling the tracks down to a selected amount.
Speaking in her Part 3 Run 'N Gun video chat on YouTube, she said, "When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards, because I recorded about 80 songs, it was the songs that were more effortless to me that stuck around." The album features a collaboration with her husband Jay Z - whom she shares two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with - on the song "Drunk in Love," and she believes the track worked well because they just had fun: "I kind of free-styled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse. We just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasn't about any ego, we weren't trying to make a hit record. we were just having fun. and I think you can hear that in the record."
Jay Z leads the way in the 2014 Grammy Awards shortlist with nine nominations.
The star has picked up several nods ahead of the ceremony next year including two in both the Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration categories. He was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album and Best Recording Package.
Nominations were revealing during a special live concert last night and Jay Z's collaborator Justin Timberlake is also in the running to dominate the ceremony in January. As well as being nominated alongside his friend in four categories, the "Mirrors" hitmaker is on the shortlist for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best R&B Song.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, and the duo face stiff competition across all categories.
Jay Z didn't pay to exhibit his new album artwork in Salisbury Cathedral. The "Picasso Baby" rapper choose Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire for the global reveal of the artwork for his new album Magna Carta ... Holy Grail because the religious building holds part of the original 787-year-old historical Magna Carta document.
The hip-hop star's black-and-white artwork went on display next to four pages from the original 1215 Magna Carta - a 63-clause charter setting out the origins of English democracy - and although he didn't pay for the stunt, it is rumored he will perform a private show for the Dean of the Cathedral, June Osbourne. "I hope he does play [a show for us]! That would make my children's year. And mine too!" she told NME.
Katy Perry helped friend Rihanna ring in her birthday by performing acoustic versions of Rihanna's “Only Girl in the World,” “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z and Willow Smith's anthem “Whip My Hair” in Lisbon over the weekend. And in case you didn’t make it to Portugal Sunday night, we’ve got the video so you can see if for yourself!
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