It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.
Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below.
And really, what would an award show be without some controversy? Last night’s came in the form of Nicki Minaj, who may or may not have come for a certain Aussie femcee and her “authenticity” during Minaj’s acceptance speech for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she clarified to the crowd before flipping her hair and declaring: “No, no, no shade.”
But was it shade? You decide.
2014 BET Awards Winners
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist – Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist – Pharrell Williams
Best Group – Young Money
Best Collaboration – Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist – Drake
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year – Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Video Director of the Year – Hype Williams
Best New Artist – August Alsina
Best Gospel Artist – Tamela Mann
Best Actress – Lupita Nyong’o
Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor
YoungStars Award – KeKe Palmer
Best Movie – 12 Years a Slave
Subway Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year – Kevin Durant
Centric Award – Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”
Best International Act: Africa – Davido (Nigeria)
Best International Act: UK Krept & Konan
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award – August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t”
Fandemonium – Beyoncé
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