‘2013 BET Awards’ post-show wrap up!
The annual ‘BET Awards’ kicked off in style at the Nokia Theatre in LA today, and along with a brilliant line-up of performances and killer musical tributes, the event marked a significant milestone for Nicki Minaj, who picked up her fourth consecutive win for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist!
The ‘Pink Friday’ singer took the opportunity to acknowledge her fans as she took the stage to accept her award.
“Every time I win it’s a humbling experience,” she revealed, according to Billboard.
“My fans are amazing people.”
Minaj also rocked the stage with R&B superstar Chris Brown, who opened the show by thrilling the audience with a medley of new songs.
This year’s show was hosted by funny man Chris Tucker, who performed his own tribute to Michael Jackson – a rendition of the star’s classic ballad ‘Human Nature.’
But the moving tributes didn’t end there! Justin Timberlake took the stage to honour soul singer Charlie Wilson – performing alongside not only the 60-year-old himself, but also Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie.
“Charlie Wilson is soul music. His impact colours the work of many artists, which is basically my nice way of saying I and a lot of other artists have stolen from him,” gushed JT when presenting Wilson with his Lifetime Achievement Award.
Miguel took home the night’s first award, beating out Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars for the title of Best Male R&B Pop Artist. The gong was presented to the star by Don Cheadle, who dedicated the night to Nelson Mandela.
“We want to take a moment and send our prayers and thoughts to a man who literally changed the world,” he said.
“This evening we would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family.”
As well as performing with Erika Badu, Kendrick Lamar took home the awards for Best New Artist and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, while Drake walked away with Best Collaboration for his track ‘Problems’ with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar; Video of the Year for ‘Started From the Bottom,’ and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.
Other killer performers of the night included Mariah Carey, who belted out her new hit ‘#Beautiful’ with the help of Miguel and Young Jeezy; R. Kelly who performed a medley of some of his most well-known hits and an amped up performance by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I who sang their international smash, ‘Blurred Lines.’
— Lucy Slight