First Dibs: Beyoncé Takes Number One on Forbes Celebrity 100 List

Going five years strong, Nicki Minaj continues to hold the title for Best Female Hip Hop Artist. Zendaya explains why she pulled out of the Aaliyah biopic and Pharrell Williams surprises everyone by bringing out a special guest at the BET Awards.

  • Beyoncé Knowles has been crowned with the number one spot on the 2014 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. She beat out her husband, Jay Z, who was number six on the list and Oprah Winfrey, who was number four. Basketball star Lebron James and Rapper Dr. Dre took second and third. [Forbes]
  • Last night, Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards. She announced in her acceptance speech that she has won the award an impressive five years in a row but is still humbled by the honor each time. She also added, “When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.” The crowd went nuts as she expressed “no shade” directed towards anyone but we can’t help but think she may be alluding to Iggy Azalea, who has been recently accused of having a ghost writer. There has been no evidence that Iggy has used a ghost writer but shade or no shade, Minaj is clearly a winner with a 5-peat under her belt. [Pitchfork]

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  • After months of facing criticism for not being the right actress to portray Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, Zendaya Coleman announced that she will no longer be doing the film. Shortly after that, Lifetime PR tweeted that production on the film has been put on hold. Zendaya explained that she felt the film was being “rushed” and it just wasn’t for her. But if another opportunity came along, she’d be the first person to want to play Aaliyah. [MTV News]
  • Hogwarts, who? Sign us up for #BaeUniversity. Pharrell Williams took us to school last night with an amazing performance with surprise guest Missy Elliot at the BET Awards. Watch Pharrell and Missy’s performance and more right here. [Spin]

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