Another year arrived and the stars showed out once again in Los Angeles for the 2014 BET Awards. Comedian Chris Rock was the host of the show and amused the crowd with some impromptu jokes. From clowning Rick Ross, to the heated T.I.-Floyd Mayweather beef, he kept the crowd jumping from their seats in laughter.
Pharrell continued his dominance in music over the past year by opening up the show. He performed his hit song “Happy” which won the Video of the Year award later on the show. The song has been a world-wide sensation generating approximately $10 million in revenue for Pharrell.
The best new artist award went to rising R&B star August Alsina. He has released numerous hits such as “I Luv This” featuring Trinidad James and “Kissing On My Tattoos.” He also took home the Viewer’s Choice Award for the “I Luv This” video.
Alsina performed live during the show as did Chris Brown and Trey Songz as BET allowed each artist to lace the crowd with their numerous hits. The aforementioned trio are widely regarded as the best in R&B today.
Young Money also continued their dominance in hip-hop. Drake won the award for Best Male Artist in a category that consisted of many dominant rappers such as Jay-Z, J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Artist and Young Money took the award for Best Group as a whole. Young Money leader, Lil Wayne, performed his newly released singles, “Krazy” & “Believe Me” featuring Drake. Nicki Minaj performed her new single “Pills & Potions” and also her street banger “Chiraq”.
Beyonce added two more awards to her never-ending trophy case by winning the award for Best Female R&B/pop Artist over notable names such as Jhene Aiko and Rihanna. She also won Best Collaboration for “Drunk In Love” with her husband Jay-Z. The power couple has been selling out arenas during their “On The Run” tour recently. Meanwhile Beyonce is still topping the charts with her self-titled album released this past December. The couple released a clip from one of their performances on tour to help cap off the award show.
R&B icon, Lionel Richie, won a lifetime achievement award. The legend gave the crowd a performance with a blast from the past and delivered memories that were reminisced of the dominant R&B era from over 20 years ago. Richie’s career began in 1981 and has won five grammies and performed in over 100 countries over the course of his historical career.
BET also paid tribute to the civil rights movement nearing the end of the show. The network recognized Maya Angelou and her passing over a month ago along with Ruby Dee. Images were displayed honoring other notable civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The images portrayed the importance and growth of African-Americans over the course of five decades in history.
The BET Awards once again delivered energy to the world of music and culture. Stars and icons were recognized while capturing the attention of audiences nationwide.