R&B mega-star Pharrell Williams, female rapper Nicki Minaj and the fresh newcomer August Alsina led the winners at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards on Sunday. Long-time performer and legend, Lionel Richie, was also honored.
The show started off with “Come Get It Bae” by Pharrell. The R&B star won two awards, including best male R&B/pop artiste. Beyonce Knowles was named best female R&B/pop singer, and closed the show with a provocative performance of “Partition” with her husband Jay Z. The couple also won best collaboration for the song “Drunk In Love.”
Lionel received the lifetime achievement award for his colorful career as part of “The Commodores”, as well as for his solo endeavors.
“Soul is a feeling, not a colour. 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,” said Richie during his acceptance speech.
John Legend, Yolanda and Ledisi performed Richie’s classics such as “Hello”, “Still”, “The Commodores’ Brick House” and “Jesus Is Love.” Richie himself sang “Easy and All Night Long.”
“The BET awards” is held in Los Angeles and it celebrates black musicians, actors and athletes. It is hosted by cable TV network Black Entertainment Television and part of Viacom Inc.
Comedian Chris Rock was the host of “The BET awards 2014”. He threw jokes and jibes and even handed out chicken and waffles to the audience. The ceremony lasted almost four hours and we saw numerous high-profile performances from some of the biggest names in the industry.