BET’s annual awards showcase took over LA’s Shrine Auditorium in style, and though Chris Brown led the field with the most nominations, it was far from clear that he would own the night. The 2011 edition of the show was packed with emotional moments, like Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech, and some classy, brassy performances by Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott. (Also appearing: Rick Ross, bare-chested again.) You knew the Beyoncé performance would rock the house, even if it was recorded at Glastonbury — but did Ms. Kelly Rowland steal the show with her (Janet Jackson-inspired?) number? Watch all the 2011 BET Awards performances below.
Mary J. Blige — Medley with new DJ Khaled song “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”
Rick Ross — “Aston Martin Music” / “Hustle Hard Remix”