The BET Awards 2014 took place at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night to honor the year’s most popular and groundbreaking music.
R&B star Pharrell kicked off the show with new song “Come Get It Bae” and teamed up with Missy Elliott on her 2003 song “Pass the Dutch.” Pharrell also won two awards, including best male R&B/pop artist for his song “Happy.”
“Listen, I don’t know what else to say because this is so shocking to me,” Pharrell told the crowd at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Pharrell thanked his family, fans who elevated the song to No1 and BET for its support.
The Black Entertainment Television Awards featured performances by Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne and a duet by Jay Z and Beyoncé broadcast via satellite from their concert in Miami.
Beyoncé was the big winner with getting three awards including best female R&B/pop artist, and video of the year for “Drunk In Love.”
The show was hosted by the comedian Chris Rock, who was hilarious throughout the show, joking around about basketball bigot Donald Sterling and the elevator beatdown Jay Z took from sister-in-law Solange Knowles in May.
Rock pulled an Ellen DeGeneres move and handed out Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles because pizza wouldn’t suffice at the BET Awards, said the comedian.
The first award of the night went to R&B singer August Alsina for best new artist. He also scored the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award.
Nicki Minaj surprised the crowd at the BET Awards with an unusual confession, claiming she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself.
“The other day, literally I didn’t tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even want to call the ambulance because I thought, ‘Well if I call the ambulance, it’s going to be on TMZ,'” she said, as some of the audience laughed.
“And I would rather sit there and die,” she added, looking to the crowd. “And it made me realize I don’t care what anybody got to say. I’m going to do me.”
The 65-year-ol legend Lionel Richie was honored with the lifetime achievement award for his prolific career as part of Motown group The Commodores and as a solo artist.
“Soul is a feeling, not a color. Talent is a god given gift and not a category, and out of the box is the magical place where true talent goes to thrive and breathe,” Richie said as he accepted the award.
Another surprise of the show was the comeback of Chris Brown, who performed hit song “Loyal” with Lil Wayne and Tyga.
The Academy-Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was named best actress, while her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor won best actor and their movie “12 Years a Slave” won best film.
A special Humanitarian Award went to activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and honoring all those who fought for racial equality.