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Hosted by Chris Rock, who referred to the show as the “Black World Cup,” the BET Awards celebrated many of the talented African American artists we see and hear on television and radio. There were many winners and honorable mentions at the 2014 BET Awards that reminded us of their achievements.
In addition to these achievements, the program also paid tribute to those lost, such as Bobby Womack.
The awards ceremony also honored many other artists, including artist Lionel Richie, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the Humanitarian Award, the BET Awards put a spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill, before introducing Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medger Evers.
The “In Memoriam” segment was introduced by Phylicia Rashad and featured civil rights activist Ruby Dee and renowned author Maya Angelou.
Some of the evening’s winners included Pharrell Williams for Best Video of the Year for “Happy” while the Best Actress award went to the beautiful and talented Lupita Nyong’o. 12 Years A Slave took home the award for Best Picture.
Many artists took home one award while others, such as August Alsina and Beyonce, took home multiple awards. Nicki Minaj won her fifth consecutive award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist.
The following is a complete list of winners from the 2014 BET Awards:
Best Female R&B/Pop Arist
Nominees: Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K.Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Winner: Pharrell Williams
Nominees August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake
Winner: Young Money
Nominees: A$AP Mob, Daft Punk, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, TGT
Winner: Beyonce ft. Jay Z- Drunk In Love
Nominees: August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$- “I Luv This,” Drake ft. Majid Jordan- “Hold On (We’re Going Home),” Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake- “Holy Grail,” Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams- “Blurred Lines,” YG ft. Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan- “My Hitta.”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Nominees: Future, J.Cole, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Winner: Nicki Minaj
Nominees: Iggy Azalea, Eve, Angel Haze, Charli Baltimore
Video of the Year
Winner: Pharrell Williams- “Happy”
Nominees: Beyonce ft. Jay Z- “Drunk In Love,” Chris Brown- “Fine China,” Drake- “Worst Behavior,” Beyonce- “Partition”
Video Director of the Year
Winner: Hype Williams
Nominees: Benny Boom, Chris Brown, Collin Tilley, Director X
Best New Artist
Winner: August Alsina
Winner: Ariana Grande, Mack Wilds, Rich Homie Quan, Schoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist
Winner: Tamela Mann
Nominees: Erica Campbell, Tye Tribbett, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin
Winner: Lupita Nyong’o
Nominees: Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington
Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Nominees: Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Michael B. Jordan
Winner: Keke Palmer
Nominees: Gabrielle Douglas, Jacob Latimore, Jaden Smith, Zendaya
Winner: 12 Years A Slave
Nominees: The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Lee Daniel’s: The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Winner: Serena Williams
Nominees: Brittney Griner, Lolo Jones, Skylar Diggins, Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Winner: Kevin Durant
Nominees: Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Lebron James
Winner: Jhene Aiko- “The Worst.”
Nominees: Aloe Blacc- “The Man,” Jennifer Hudson ft. T.I.- “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” Liv Warfield- “Why Do You Lie?” Wale ft. Sam Dew- “Lovehate Thing.”
Best International Act: Africa
Winner: Davido (Nigeria)
Nominees: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Sarkodie (Ghana), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Toofan (Togo).
Best International Act: UK
Winner: Krept & Konan
Nominees: Dizzee Rascal, Ghetts, Laura Mvula, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah
Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award
Winner: August Alsina- “I Luv It” ft. Trinidad James
Nominees: Jhene Aiko- “The Worst,” Beyonce ft. Jay Z- “Drunk In Love,” Drake- “Worst Behavior,” Pharrell Williams- “Happy.”
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