BET Awards 2014: Hits, Misses, and Disses
Comedian Chris Rock had no chill Sunday night as he hosted the 2014 BET Awards held in Los Angeles. From labeling the night ‘The Black World Cup” to passing out Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, darting jabs at some of the most controversial headlines and entertainers throughout the year, his timing and energy set an enjoyable tone for the nearly four-hour production. Even within his funny, he applauded the BET platform stating: “Tonight you’re going to see Black artists getting credit for something that they’ve created.”
The night was filled with entertainers from all genres and a few “Where’s Waldo” celebrities also filled the arena, inclusive of Paris Hilton, who is signed to Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money camp. MC Hammer was also spotted in the audience along with a chunky Busta Rhymes – who has become the new meme’d celeb across social media platforms, for the moment.
Super producer and recording artist Pharrell Williams, who had a big night in the ‘winning’ section, opened the show with “Come Get it Bae,” off of his Girl album. Mid-performance he gives a shoutout to a fellow Virginia artist and then out comes Missy Elliott, high energy and interweaving her popular “Pass That Dutch” (2003, This is Not A Test album), with Skateboard P’s melodic track. The performance brought a nice twist and many fans were pleased. (Dope and surprising moment for me. Missy is everything!)
Big moments of the night also included Chris Brown making a dual appearance performing his hit single, “Loyal” and later returning to join August Alsina and Trey Songz on stage to vocally assist on “I Luv It.” The collaboration then turned into Trey’s “NaNa’ off of his upcoming Trigga album. Speaking of August Alsina, it was a big night for him as he took home two BET Awards and was left nearly speechless and in tears during his first acceptance speech.
Usher took us “back down memory lane” with his hit catalogue ranging from 1997’s “Nice and Slow” to the current “Good Kisser.” The toned-done Nicki Minaj showed her vulnerability with the Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter themed “Pills and Potions.” To which later she gave a rambling, but honest acceptance speech while possibly throwing a little shade to another fem-cee that performed earlier in the show.
And many probably weren’t ready for this moment… but the “special reunion” was a blast from ’90s past with Silk, Color Me Badd and Troop. How did you all feel about those vocals? (clears throat – Color Me Badd)
Memorable moments included Kevin Hart and Kerry Washington’s “Oliver Pope” skit and Chris Rock heading to Monster Truck to quiz folks on the BET Awards and Black entertainers. Hi-La-Ri-Ous! Ahh, Chris Rock has won our hearts as the host.
The night could not have continued without a special tribute celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement – which received the Humanitarian Award. BET CEO Debra Lee expressed: “We are on this stage tonight because this generation of citizens refused to move …in order to make this country a better place.”
Lionel Richie hit a high note toward the end as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “Soul is a feeling, not a color. Talent is a god-given gift not a category, and out of the box is the magical place where true talent goes to thrive and breathe,” he said during his acceptance speech. Performers in his honor included John Legend, Ledisi, and Yolanda Adams – who took folk straight to chuuuch with her powerful vocals.
And while fans, Stans and the Beyhive were teased throughout the show about a Beyonce and Jay Z performance, the “On the Run” couple cued in via satellite for a mediocre and replicated performance of Yonce’s “Partition” with Jay slyly spittin’ a few bars before his Mrs. seductively sang, ‘Driver roll up the partition please…”
And that my friends, is a wrap.
Share your thoughts on some of the hits, misses and disses you caught throughout the show.
Check out a full list of Sunday night’s winners here and click through to see images of the evening’s most memorable moments…
Photos: AP Photos and Valerie Goodloe