The 14th Annual BET Awards went down last night and there was no shortage of major moments. From old school flashbacks and tributes to tearful firsts for the new class this year was one of the best for the annual awards show.
Comedian Chris Rock hosted this year’s show and I am glad he did lol. He seemed fearless as he went in on this past year’s moments and he never let up. He even made fun of the elevator fiasco between Jay Z and Solange saying that Jay Z of 2014 acted accordingly but it would’ve been a different scenario a few years back.
“The Blueprint 3 Jay Z! Blueprint 3 Jay Z is a businessman. He has a meeting with Nabisco in the morning. If Solange had attacked Reasonable Doubt Jay Z that elevator would have been filled with nothing but lipstick, blood and weave.”
The laughs kept coming and so did the performances, especially the R&B. A tribute to the legendary Lionel Richie and a medley of hits from Usher took us down memory lane. As did surprise performances from old school R&B groups Troop, Color Me bad and Silk singing their 80s and 90s hits. John Legend was baritone perfection as usual while performing his love song “You and I”. He also brought out new comer Jhene Aiko for a smooth duet of her hit “The Worst”.
Chris Brown took to the stage in his first performance since being released from jail and he looked like the same ole crumping Chris. I’m always here for a solo dance performance from him and he didn’t disappoint. One of my fave moments of the night was when August Alsina performed after shedding a few tears as a result of winning first ever award. The singer brought out rumored rival Trey Songz and Chris Brown for the remix of his monster single “I Love This” putting the beef with Trey to rest. We couldn’t have R&B without a little begging and Robin Thicke definitely did that AGAIN singing “Forever Love” from his upcoming “get her back” album dedicated to his estranged wife “Paula”.
Hip Hop was still in the house though with performances from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, T.I. and Iggy Azaelia. Speaking of Iggy, Nicki definitely threw a little shade Iggy’s way with her speech after winning the award for Female Rap Artist of the Year.
“…I want the world to know about is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”
A spoken tribute by Phylicia Rashad to sheroes Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee reminded us just why we adore our favorite TV mom Claire Huxtable. The show took a somber tone when President Debra Lee dedicated this year’s Humanitarian Award to all of those who were apart of the Civil Rights Movement in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The moment was one to remember as civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams accepted the award.
The only real flaw of the show was the fact that BET promised a performance by Beyonce and Jay Z that ended up being an end of the night video performance of Beyonce’s “Partition” from their On The Run tour. Folks were irritated that they waited for what they thought was going to be a live performance from the couple.
This year’s show wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t half as bad as some of the worst of years past. Pharrell said it best during his Video of the Year acceptance speech for “Happy”. “[BET] allows us as black people to be different and do what we want to do and we have that outlet.”
Check out the full list of nominees and winners below. What did you think of the show?
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Pharrell Williams (WINNER)
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – “Drunk In Love” (WINNER)
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This”
Drake f/ Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams – “Blurred Lines”
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta”
12 Years a Slave (WINNER)
The Best Man Holiday
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Lupita Nyong’o (WINNER)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (WINNER)
Michael B. Jordan
Video of the Year
Pharrell Williams – “Happy” (WINNER)
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown – “Fine China”
Drake – “Worst Behavior”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj (WINNER)
Young Money (WINNER)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Kevin Durant (WINNER)
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams (WINNER)
Best Gospel Artist
Tamela Mann (WINNER)
Best New Artist
August Alsina (WINNER)
Rich Homie Quan
KeKe Palmer (WINNER)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” (WINNER)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man”
Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”
LiV Warfield – “Why Do You Lie?”
Wale f/ Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”
Best International Act: UK
Krept & Konan (WINNER)
Video Director of the Year
Hype Williams (WINNER)
Best International Act: Africa
Davido (Nigeria) (WINNER)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)