The BET Awards 2014 show, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, culminated a weekend-long BET Experience. Today’s hottest performers took the stage during the awards presentation, and BET honored singers, actors, actresses, and athletes with awards during the entertainment packed show, hosted by the very funny comedian, Chris Rock.
Jay Z and Beyonce, with 5 nominations each, have the most nominations of anyone. Not far behind them, with four nominations each, are August Alsina, Pharrell Williams, and Drake.
Pharrell Williams started the BET Awards 2014 off with a bang, by singing one of his hit songs. Missy Elliot joined him onstage, adding to the excitement. What a great way to start off the night!
Then, Chris Rock had the audience laughing with his uproarious opening monologue. He cracked jokes about Rick Ross, Dr. Dre, and the TV program, Scandal. He joked that Kevin Hart seemed to be in every movie this year, and said that he was even a Prius in the last Transformers‘ movie.
Chris used his irreverent sense of humor to poke fun at Oprah Winfrey and the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the Jackie Robinson Story movie, and Donald Stirling, saying that “The first black man he ever met, he got for Christmas.”
The first BET Awards 2014 award presented was for the Best New Artist. The person who won the award was the fantastic singer, August Asina. He had shades on, but he was very emotional, crying as he accepted the award.
Lil Wayne then performed, and got the audience pumped up, raising their arms in the air with his great performance.
Nick Cannon and Zendiya then presented the second award of the BET Awards 2014 show, for Best Gospel Artist. Tamela Mann won the award. She was helped to the stage to accept it, because, as she explained, she had just had knee surgery done about a week ago. As she accepted the award, she gratefully said “All things are possible if you just believe.”
Chris Rock said that later tonight, Lionel Richie will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for all of his contributions to music and the entertainment industry. He certainly deserves it, as Lionel Richie has been very influential on many of today’s singers.
The next award of the night was the BET Awards 2014 Best Actress Award. The five people nominated for the award were Gabrielle Union, Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Kerry Washington, and Angela Bassett. All of the actresses were definitely deserving of this award, but it went to Lupita Nyong’o for her role in 12 Years a Slave.
The next person to person was the inimitable singer, John Legend. He is one of the best singers around today, as well as being a fantastic piano player.
The BET Awards 2014 award for the Best Male Hip Hop Artist was the next one to be presented. There were five nominees in this category, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, J. Cole, and Drake. The winner of this award was Drake.
Chris Rock came out onto the stage to crack a few more jokes while the next act got ready. He noticed Paris Hilton in the audience, wearing a dress that was cut low and revealed quite a bit of her breasts He said “What? We’re getting our Kardashian on tonight!”
Then, Chris Brown took the stage, and he gave an incredible performance, even showing off some of his dance moves. He might have gotten the biggest audience response so far of the evening. It was good to see him performing once again.
Other awards given out on the BET Awards 2014 show included one for the Best Video of the Year. The videos up for this award were Beyonce’s Partition, Drake’s song Worst Behavior, Chris Brown’s hit Fine China, Beyonce and Jay Z’s song Drunk in Love, and the video for Pharrell’s hit, Happy. Pharrell won, though all of the videos were pretty cool.
There were five females nominated for the BET Awards Best Female Hip Hop Artist of the Year Award. They were Angel Haze, Nicki Minaj, Charli Baltimore, Iggy Azalea, and Eve. Though all of these female hip hop artists are great, Nicki Minaj won for the fifth year in a row.
The Subway Sportswoman of the Year Award went to Serena Williams. Five women were nominated, including her sister, Venus Williams. The Subway Sportsman of the Year Award was presented to NBA basketball star Kevin Durant. Two other basketball players, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, were also nominated, and the boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Blake Griffin were the other two people nominated.
Another major award that was presented was the BET Awards 2014 Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. The five men nominated were August Alsina, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend. Pharrell Williams, who has had a great 2013 and has already racked up numerous awards, won this award to add to his growing collection.
In the category of Best Group, five groups were nominated for this BET Awards 2014 award. The groups were A$AP Mob, Daft Punk, Young Money, TGT, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The group that won this award was Young Money.
The BET Awards 2014 Best Collaboration Award was another tough category, with six songs up for the award. The award went to Beyonce and Jay Z for Drunk in Love. Jay Z was also nominated with Justin Timberlake in this same category for the song Holy Grail.
There were five acts nominated for the Coca Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. They were August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ singing I Luv This S**t, Pharrell Williams and his song Happy, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z and their hot song Drunk in Love, Jhené Aiko singing The Worst, and Drake and his hit Worst Behavior. The winner of this award was August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ singing I Luv This S**t.
There were five movies nominated for the BET Awards 2014 Best Movie of the Year. The nominees included Fruitvale Station, 12 Years a Slave, Let Me Explain, The Best Man Holiday, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The winner was 12 Years a Slave.
Two other big awards of the BET Awards 2014 show were the Centric Award and the FANdemonium Award. The Centric Award went to Jhené Aiko and her song The Worst, while the FANdemonium Award was presented to Beyonce.
There were a ton of awards presented on the BET Awards 2014 show, as well as some great music. The winners represented the best singers, actors, and athletes around today. Please leave any comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb