Davido Wins Best International Act At Bet Awards

…Epic performances by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tiwa Savage, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Yolanda Adams and others

It was a night of electrifying performances, emotional speeches and unforgettable moments at the ‘BET Award ’14’ – also known as the ‘Black World Cup’, according to hilarious host Chris Rock – which took place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday 29 June.

Young Money and Beyoncé both took home three awards, as did acclaimed film ‘12 Years A Slave’ which swept the film award categories. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina each won two awards, while Nigerian phenomenon Davido brought home the trophy for Best International Act: Africa.

Presenter Kerry Washington, making her first television appearance since giving birth to daughter Isabelle in April, got in on the night’s fun with co-presenter Kevin Hart, who tried to convince the crowd that he was, in fact, Oliver Pope, a reference to Kerry’s alter-ego Olivia Pope on her hit show ‘Scandal’.

Pharrell Williams opened the show with an energetic rendition of ‘Come Get It Bae’ surrounded by a bevy of cheerleaders, and was joined by surprise performer and fellow Virginia native, the amazing Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to their feet to ‘Pass That Dutch.’

Williams became a familiar face on the stage after winning both ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video of the Year,’ and again coming on to present music icon Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chris Brown also made a triumphant return to the BET Awards’ stage that drew a standing ovation. He proved he hasn’t missed a beat delivering an incredible performance of ‘Loyal’, which was amped up even more with appearances by Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker.

Taking a cue from Ellen DeGeneres’ pizza delivery at this year’s Oscar® Awards, Rock provided the audience with a delivery of Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles, which they accepted with enthusiasm. Rock had the crowd laughing throughout the night, thanks to his riffs on a range of hot topics, from Donald Sterling to Jay-Z and Solange to Dr. Dre and the Beats/Apple deal.

A taped performance of Beyoncé and Jay-Z of ‘Partition’ capped the epic night, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town. The BET Awards ’14 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Bow Wow, Keshia Chante, Eva Marcille, Terrence Jenkins, Keyshia Cole, Mike Tyson, Nick Cannon, Zendaya, DeSean Jackson, Boris Kodjoe, Gary Owen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chadwick Boseman, Tyrese and Nate Parker.

Tim King (Founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies) and Denzel Thompson (a 19-year-old founder and manager of a successful community urban farm and garden) were recognized as the 2014 Shine-A-Light recipients.

The BET Awards is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The ‘BET Awards’ franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories.

The complete list of ‘BET Awards ’14 winners is:

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

LeKe Palmer

 Best Movie

12 Years A Slave

 Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Serena Williams

 Subway Sportsman of the Year

Kevin Durant

 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This

 Centric Award

Jhené Aiko – The Worst

 Best International Act: Africa

Davido (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK

Krept & Konan

FANdemonium Award

Beyoncé

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