And what a BET Awards it was! Yes, the 13th annual BET Awards went bigger this time around than in years past, stepping up their game with performances from huge superstars from both pop and rap — and smartly, the music-heavy set kept the pace up with appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Ciara with Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown with Nicki Minaj (again), J. Cole, Miguel and Kendrick Lamar (again), Mariah Carey with Miguel (again), Janelle Monae with Erykah Badu (again) and R. Kelly with R. Kelly because when you’re R. Kelly you really don’t need much else, do you?
A star-studded standout, though, was a tribute to the Gap Band sung by Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Snoop Lion or Snoop Dogg (hard to tell which one was on stage) and ex-member and soul icon Charlie Wilson.
Among the winners were rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, who took home two awards, for Best New Artist and Male Hip-Hop Artist, as well as Drake, who won for Video of the Year and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. Also honored: Rihanna for Female R&B/Pop Artist (the Bajan banger was too #phuckyoBETAwards and #unalopogetic to show up, of course), Nicki Minaj for Female Hip-Hop Artist and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for Best Group. (It’s worth noting that Emeli Sande also got a much-deserved Best International Act award. Well done, Emeli Sande.)
The highlight of the night, though, was probably when Tamar Braxton tweeted that she couldn’t get in:
Bye. (She ended up getting in and winning an award, which is nice.)
Check the full list of winners below, then watch all the videos (literally, all of them — performances and acceptance speeches) in the player at the bottom.
List of BET Awards Winners:
Female R&B/Pop Artist: Rihanna
Male R&B/Pop Artist: Miguel
Group: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Collaboration: A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar — Problems
Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year: Drake — Started From The Bottom
Video Director of the Year: Benny Boom
New Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award: Drake — Started From The Bottom
Centric Award: Tamar Braxton — Love and War
FANdemonium Award: Chris Brown
International Act: Ice Prince (Nigeria)
International Act: Emeli Sandé (U.K.)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Charlie Wilson