The annual BET awards, celebrating African Americans and other minorities in music, acting and sports over the past year, took place last night (Sunday), and were broadcast live on the BET channel from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The ceremony was hosted by the always-hilarious Chris Rock, who even took a leaf out of Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar book and provided the guests with chicken and waffles from Roscoe’s.
Queen of the music industry Beyonce Knowles was the night’s big winner, taking home three awards, closely followed by Pharrell Williams and August Alsina who nabbed two apiece. Williams also opened the show with special guest Missy Elliot.
12 Years A Slave achieved a hugely well-deserved full house, and took all three of the available movie awards, best movie, best actor and best actress.
Nicki Minaj accepted her fifth female hip-hop artist award, with a speech in which she took a dig at Iggy Azalea, but also revealed she was recently near death.
Minaj was back on stage later as Young Money were honoured with the best group award, and, in more acceptance speech drama, Lil Wayne later dropped the microphone stand, apparently breaking it.
Lionel Richie received the lifetime achievement award, as well as singing ‘Easy’ and ‘All Night Long (All Night)’. He was also honoured with performances from John Legend and Yolanda Adams.
As for the fan-voted awards, Alsina Aiko won the viewers’ choice, beating Beyonce and Drake, but Beyonce did take the FANdemonium prize.
Despite leading the nominees with five nods each, Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z did not attend the awards, although a pre-recorded performance from the superstar power couple’s On The Run tour closed the four-hour ceremony.
You can check out a full list of nominees and winners below:
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)
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