Who won video of the year again
The BET Awards were barely about the actual awards as wild performances stole the night. They also didn t present the top honor Sunday.
Janelle Monae ended the three and a half hour plus event with a top notch performance of Q.U.E.E.N. alongside Erykah Badu who brought a white poodle onstage. It was just one of the night s best performances which also featured stolen moments from a seductive Ciara a slick Miguel a random but welcomed reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.Jerod Harris/WireImage Chris Tucker showed he s still got it as host of the BET Awards.
Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.
Stevie Wonder Jamie Foxx Pharrell Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60 year old Wilson who earned the lifetime achievement award.
Charlie Wilson is soul music. His impact colors the work of many artists which is basically my nice way of saying I and a lot of other artists have stolen from him Timberlake said when presenting Wilson the award.Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET Mariah Carey was a vision in a shimmering silver dress for her performance of Beautiful with Miguel.
Wilson s lively stage presence was arguably the night s top moment though others were on fire.
Ciara echoed Janet Jackson when she danced and sang her RB hit Body Party while Dawn Penn Chaka Pliers Beenie Man and Elephant Man electrified the audience when they gave a colorful performance of reggae classics.
Many artists played double or triple duty onstage at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Badu sang with Monae and Kendrick Lamar who also performed with 2 Chainz. Miguel sang alone and with Mariah Carey and J. Cole while Minaj performed with Ciara and Chris Brown. Pharrell helped out Wilson and Robin Thicke who excitedly performed his current No. 1 hit Blurred Lines.Frank Micelotta/Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP Kendrick Lamar was the night s top winner and one of the top performers.
Drake who didn t attend the awards show led with 12 nominations though he won viewer s choice and best collaboration for his appearance on A$AP Rocky s F in Problems with Lamar and 2 Chainz. Drake had five nominations for video of the year which had 10 nominees.
Lamar who along with 2 Chainz was the second most nominated act won best new artist male hip hop artist and collaboration.
Most importantly to my little home boys and my home girls back in the city you looking at me on TV right now I came up in that same county building food stamps welfare section eight this is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to said 26 year old Lamar who is from Compton.PHIL MCCARTEN/REUTERS Pharrell Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson (from left) perform.
Minaj and Brown picked up their fourth consecutive wins for best female hip hop artist and the fandemonium award.
Don t read the bull in the news I m a real dude Brown told the crowd.
Brown opened the show with a medley of new songs including one that featured vocals from late RB singer Aaliyah and another with Minaj who joined him onstage. BET couldn t bleep some of the rapper s expletives much like the awards show last year. Expletives from Badu Wayne Brady and the singers who performed with R. Kelly slipped too.Johnny Nunez/WireImage Miguel takes the stage at the BET Awards 2013.
Carey was angelic as she belted or lip synched her latest hit Beautiful and an excited R. Kelly sang snippets of a dozen of his hits including Bump N Grind and Ignition as the crowd cheered on.
Host Chris Tucker sang and danced too in tribute to Michael Jackson.
Miguel won the night s first award best male RB pop artist beating out Brown Timberlake Usher and Bruno Mars.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Nicki Minaj was a blond bombshell at the BET Awards.
I got to really give it up to all the other guys in this category Miguel said.
Don Cheadle presented Miguel with the award and dedicated the night to the ailing Nelson Mandela.
We want to take a moment and send our prayers and thoughts to a man who literally changed the world he said. This evening we would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family.Jason Merritt/Getty Images for BET Janelle Monae closed out the show with a rousing performance at the BET Awards.
Jamie Foxx wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Trayvon Martin won best actor and danced onstage with Kevin Hart when accepting the honor.
Hart who hosted the BET Awards in the past was overly excited onstage even stealing the shine from Tucker who was a mediocre host.
Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas won sportswoman of the year and the youngstars award. She thanked BET for just for embracing me after Olympics.