BET Awards the Highlights: Minaj performed her latest single, "Pills N Potions," and also won best group with her Young Money bandmates, which includes Lil Wayne and Drake. A video of Beyonce and Jay Z performing "Partition" closed the BET Awards, which aired live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday. Pharrell's "Happy" won video of the year. His win for the top prize came in the second hour of the four-hour ceremony. Pharrell thanked his family, fans who elevated the song to No. 1 and BET for its support.
Pharrell, who won best male R&B/pop artist, kicked off the show with a playful performance of "Come Get It Bae" featuring the reclusive Missy Elliott. Host Chris Rock also succeeded with back-to-back jokes about Donald Sterling, the hit series "Scandal" and rapper Rick Ross, who he mentioned multiple times. He passed out food from Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, playing off of Ellen DeGeneres pizza party at the Academy Awards. The show featured a medley of hits from Usher and Iggy Azalea performed her anthemic "Fancy," which is spending its fifth week on top of the Billboard charts.
Chris Brown sang and danced his signature moves to his latest Top 10 hit, "Loyal." He sported a long plaid coat, and Lil Wayne and August Alsina also wore plaid-infused ensembles. The trend for women: skin tight white dresses. Robin Thicke, sang and played piano, dedicated his performance of "Forever Love" to his wife Paula Patton, whom he is separated from.
He said "I miss you and I'm sorry" and the performance ended up with a photo of former couple. It was touching! John Legend sang his groove "You and I" and was joined by rising newcomer Jhene Aiko, who won over the crowd by singing "The Worst" as Legend played piano. Alsina, also a rising star, was also a powerhouse with his vocals during his performance, which featured Brown and Trey Songz. Alsina was tearful when he won the night's first award for best new artist. When winning the viewer's choice award, where he beat Beyonce and Drake, Alsina said: "I ain't gon' cry this time!" Lionel Richie, the lifetime achievement award recipient, was serenaded by Legend, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams, who sang a rousing rendition of "Jesus Is Love." She earned a standing ovation.
The late icons Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee were remembered in words by Phylicia Rashad, who earned a stirring applause when she walked onstage. Drake, Beyonce and Jay Z were top nominees with five each. Drake, who was originally set to perform, did not attend. He won best male hip-hop artist and Beyonce won female R&B/pop artist. Her hit with Jay Z, "Drunk In Love," won best collaboration. Just in case you missed them here are my top 5 perfomances from last nights BET Awards #5 Usher's Medley and he nailed the performance....even I was dancing in my livingroom.
#4 TIP and Iggy!!!
#3 Chris Breezy#2 Pherell and Missy #1 August Alsina