Either you decided to skip this year’s BET Awards in favor of Sunday night’s other programming, or you sat through all four hours with the rest of us and watched host Chris Rock go in on the likes of Rick Ross and big winner August Alsina, whom he called the “Sideshow Bob of Hip-Hop.”
He threw shade like he was pitching in the World Series all night, and was, for me anyways, the most entertaining part of the show. One of his bits included venturing out to a monster truck rally to see if folks there even knew what BET was. Instead of handing out pizza, like Ellen Degeneres did at this year’s Academy Awards, he gave the audience meals from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, but joked that Ross should get a salad. Let’s hope Chris made it home safe last night.
There were plenty of awesome performances though. Pharrell Williams opened up the show with “Come Get It Bae,” and brought out Missy Elliott for her hit “Pass That Dutch.”
Jennifer Hudson strutted her way to the stage in a black, leather, mini dress to debut her new song “It’s Your World.” Chris Brown made his return to the show, meh. But Usher turned it out, jogging through a medley of his hits and throwing in his latest, “Good Kisser“ while showing the kids how it’s done. I still think he’s trying to one up Skateboard P will the coonskin hat though.
Kerry Washington, who looked gorgeous as always, had a great bit with professional short person Kevin Hart who claimed to be Oliver Pope, the brother of her ‘Scandal‘ character. It’s handled!
Nicki Minaj performed on an ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ themed set with this creepy ass bunny.
Ledisi, John Legend and Yolanda Adams brought the house down during the tribute to Lionel Richie, who was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Lionel also gave us a little of his classics, “Hello“ and “All Night Long.”
Didn’t that 90s R&B throwback section make you feel old? I appreciated the show bringing out groups like Troop, Silk and Color Me Badd, yes the guys that sang “I Wanna Sex You Up.” They all still sound pretty good, and it was a welcomed bit of nostalgia after watching Trey Songz sing to a contortionists’ vagina.
Sigh, and towards the tail end of the show, Robin Thicke got all emo over his estranged wife Paula Patton again while he did a piano version of “Forever Love.” She has stayed suspiciously silent throughout his little “Get Her Back” apology tour. Maybe it’s all for publicity, or maybe she’s just enjoying her time away from this whiny man.
Here are all the winners from the big night!
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
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) Toofan (Togo)