The 2014 BET Awards will air this Sunday on BET. Since 2001, the BET Awards have served as a go to stage for some of the best RnB and Hip-Hop performers. Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, T.I., Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Usher, Brandy, Nicki Minaj, Prince and many more have all performed over the past years.
From surprise openings like Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holiday performing “And I Am Telling You” to standout mid-card performances like Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation,” You never know what people are going to be talking about the next morning.
Last year, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke and Chris brown all gave memorable performances. This year, Jennifer Hudson, Drake, Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko will attempt to make unforgettable performances. Until then, let’s count down the most memorable performances in BET Awards history.
[ new page = 10. Kanye West and Yolanda Adams- “Jesus Walks” Bet Awards 2004]
10. Kanye West and Yolanda Adams- “Jesus Walks” Bet Awards 2004
Kanye made his BET Awards debut in 2004 with his song “Jesus Walks” and who better to join him than gospel singer Yolanda Adams. They both gave killer performance on which was already a memorable night.
[ new page = 9.Tye Tribbett & Fantasia- “No Way” Bet Awards 2005]
9. Tye Tribbett & Fantasia- “No Way” Bet Awards 2005
Gospel music doesn’t find itself being performed at the BET Awards often. So, when it does, you better make it memorable and Tye Tribbett did that. His modern gospel sound fitted perfectly with some of the othe Rnb performance of the night, but when Fantasia came out, she took it to another level. The Fantasia level.
[ new page = 8.Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris- “Yeah”/”Burn” BET Awards 2004]
8.Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris- “Yeah”/”Burn” BET Awards 2004
2004 belonged to Usher and so did the 2004 Bet Awards.
[ new page = 7. Chris Brown and Ciara- Bet Awards 2008 “With You/Take You Down”]
7. Chris Brown and Ciara- Bet Awards 2008 “With You/Take You Down”
When Chris Brown hit the Bet Awards stagein 2008 for a sweet performance of his hit “With You,” it was basic. When he transitioned into “Take You Down,” it got better. When Ciara’s named dropped down the dreamy waterfall in the background, it got exciting. When Ciara came out and traded superb dance moves with Brown, it became the best performance of the night.
[ new page = 6. Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé- “Get Me Bodied” and “Like This” ]
6. Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé- “Get Me Bodied” and “Like This”
At this time, Destiny’s Child has been disband now for two years and no one has seen the trio together since then. Beyoncé performed her song “Get Me Bodied” before introducing Kelly Rowland, who performed her hit single “Like This”. Academy Award winner Monique, Eve, Beyoncé sister Solange and third DC member Michelle Williams make cameos.
[ new page = 5. Alicia Keys, SWV, TLC and Envogue- “Teenage Love Affair”/Girl-Group Medley Bet Awards 2008]
5. Alicia Keys, SWV, TLC and Envogue- “Teenage Love Affair”/Girl-Group Medley Bet Awards 2008
Granted, Alicia Keys is amazing on her own, but when you add some of the best girl-groups of all time like EnVogue, SWV and TLC, well, then, the performance is simply untouchable.
[ new page = 4. Ciara- “Like A Boy” and “That’s Right” BET Awards 2007]
4. Ciara- “Like A Boy” and “That’s Right” BET Awards 2007
Ciara has had a few memorable performances, but her 2007 Bet Award Performance was her best. Her vocals were good and her dance moves were untouchable. Her transition between “Like A Boy” and “That’s Right” was smooth as hell. Lil Jon came by and turned up with her. It was a flawless performance.
[ new page = 3. Beyoncé and Jay Z- “Déjà Vu” Bet Awards 2006]
3. Beyoncé and Jay Z- “Déjà Vu” Bet Awards 2006
Beyoncé shut down the Bet Awards in 2006 before it even began. Her stunning performance of “Déjà Vu” had everything you could want in a Beyoncé performance. It had shiny costumes, an extravagant stage production, unparalleled vocals, astonishing dance moves and Jay Z.
[ new page = 2. Chris Brown- Michael Jackson Tribute Bet Awards 2010]
2. Chris Brown- Michael Jackson Tribute Bet Awards 2010
After missing the Michael Jackson tribute the year before because of the backlash of his assault of former girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown was invited back in 2010 and words can’t express the magnitude of this tribute.
[ new page = 1. The Fugees- The Fugees Medley Bet Awards 2005]
1. The Fugees- The Fugees Medley Bet Awards 2005
One of the biggest surprises in award show history. Nobody thought that they would ever see Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel together on a stage again. It was also the first TV appearance by Lauryn Hill in some years. What a way to open a show!