The 2014 BET Awards was filled with exciting performances and surprises — including Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and more. Here’s a look at the show’s best moments!
From Chris Brown‘s return to the stage, to Pharrell‘s multiple award wins, and of course Nicki Minaj‘s sexy performance — the BET Awards on Sunday, June 29 totally blew our minds. Click inside for a review of the night’s top moments, performances, and so much more!
Chris Brown Returns To The Stage At The BET Awards
Let’s be honest, the 2014 BET Awards were filled with some very exciting moments! But let’s get down to the best of the best, shall we?
First and foremost, Pharrell’s opening performance of “Come Get It BAE” was SO fun. He was surrounded by dancers in vintage-inspired cheerleader costumes, and each of them rocked the word “BAE” embroidered across their chests. Sexy!
Then, much to everyone’s surprise, Pharrell brought out Missy Elliott — talk about a throwback! The duo performed an oldie but definitely a goodie: “Pass That Dutch.”
Next up, presenters Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union proved that America’s ladies are not quite over Jeremy Meeks just yet. At first the presenters tried to chastise us for swooning over this criminal, but by the end of their speech they were totally on our team. He’s irresistible!
The second performance of the night was Lil Wayne, and he rocked the house with a performance of his latest hits “Krazy” and “Believe Me.” Sadly, there was no Drake cameo.
John Legend took a break from performing “All of Me” to perform another Chrissy Teigen inspired hit, “You and I.” Then, as an encore, he introduced the soulful Jhene Aiko for a duet of her song, “The Worst.” We loved it!
One of the most exciting moments of the night? Chris Brown’s return to the stage! Lil Wayne opened up their hit song “Loyal,” and soon enough Chris was back where he belongs — showing us that he has still got some super smooth dance moves.
Also, did he borrow Wayne’s shirt? Too bad he kept it buttoned up!
Pharrell Dedicates Award Wins To Wife Helen & Son Rocket
Let’s take a break from the performances and awards for a hilarious Chris Rock moment — when he referred to Paris Hilton as a Kardashian. Eek!
“You’re really getting your Kardashian on tonight, huh?” the comedian asked. Thankfully, Paris took it in stride with a big smile. After all, she and Kim were friends for a long time back in the day!
Another notable performance? Usher‘s medley hits! The R&B singer performed a ton of his songs in an awesome medley, including “Confessions,” “Yeah,” and “You Don’t Have to Call.” It was amazing to see him push out so many songs in just one performance!
Little did he know this was not his last award of the night. “This one’s for my son Rocket,” Pharrell told the audience while accepting the award for Best Male R&B Album.
Later, Jennifer Hudson slayed the BET Awards in a super sexy leather dress. She sang her fun song “Walk It Out” as she made her way through the audience, dancing and interacting with different people — especially the handsome men!
Once she got to the stage, she switched to “It’s Your World,” and the stage quickly turned into a roller disco. Dancers skated around her in circles on the stage — so cool.
Beyonce & Jay Z Close The Show From ‘On The Run’
In case anyone in the audience needed a break, host Chris Rock came around and passed out Roscoe’s chicken and waffles to everyone. Yes, really! Even Paris Hilton and Snoop Dogg got some. Lucky!
If Chris Brown’s performance left you wanting more, you were in luck. He came out as a surprise guest during August Alsina‘s set! He remixed “I Luv This Shit” along with the help of Trey Songz. Epic!
Nicki Minaj showed us a little bit of her sexy side when she started off her performance on the back of a motorcycle with a handsome driver at the wheel. Then, she hit the second stage to sing “Pills N Potions” amidst a strange backdrop that included a giant mushroom and a man in a bunny costume. We love seeing Nicki back on stage!
Speaking of powerful and sexy women, Iggy Azalea joined T.I. for “No Mediocre” before stealing the stage and getting the crowd on their feet with her record-breaking hit, “Fancy.” We are still not tired of that song!
Things became a little more serious when Pharrell took the stage yet again to honor the Lifetime Achievement award winner, Lionel Richie. The presentation was followed by touching performance from John Legend, who sang “Hello” and “Lady” in Lionel’s honor.
Lionel took the stage shortly after the performance to accept his award, thanking everyone from his family to God. The legendary performer then had a little bit of fun singing his own songs, including “Easy Like Sunday” and the always fun “All Night Long.”
Another touching moment came when Myrlie Evers-Williams was honored with the Humanitarian Award by BET’s CEO, Debra Lee.
Towards the end of the show, Robin Thicke dedicated his performance of “Forever Love” to his estranged wife, Paula Patton. “I miss you, and I’m sorry,” he told the camera, obviously speaking to Paula. So sad.
Who better than to close out the show than Jay Z and Beyonce? Um, no one. Even though the royal couple of hip hop and R&B could not be there in person, they put on a ridiculously sexy performance of “Partition” live from their “On The Run” tour.
And that’s a wrap, folks! Now tell us, HollywoodLifers — What was YOUR favorite moment of the BET Awards? Let us know below!
— Lauren Cox