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Chris Brown, Robin Thicke Deliver Newsworthy Performances at BET Awards

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BETChris Brown delivered his first post-jail performance, and Robin Thicke continued his effort to win back his estranged wife, at BET Awards 14 in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Chris was joined by Lil Wayne and Tyga for a rendition of his new song, “Loyal.” Before he took the stage, host Chris Rock quipped, “He just signed a new deal…too bad it was a plea deal.” In reality, Chris just rejected a plea deal in his Washington, D.C. assault case.

Brown followed up on his BET Awards appearance by premiering a new song, “New Flame,” featuring Usher and Rick Ross, on SoundCloud.

Toward the end of the three-and-a-half-hour ceremony, Thicke played a ballad titled “Forever Love,” which he dedicated to his estranged wife, Paula Patton. He introduced it by addressing Patton directly: “I miss you and I am sorry.”

Several artists, including John Legend, performed the music of Lionel Richie during a tribute to the singer, who received a lifetime achievement award. Lionel also took the mic for a medley of hits, including “All Night Long (All Night).”

Other performers included Pharrell Williams — who won the video of the year award, for “Happy” — Usher, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé and Jay Z. The latter two were featured in footage from their just-launched On the Run tour.

Nicki Minaj made an interesting comment when she accepted the award for best female hip-hop artist — her fifth consecutive victory in the category. She said, “The other day, literally I didn’t tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even want to call the ambulance because I thought, ‘Well if I call the ambulance, it’s going to be on TMZ.'”

She continued, “And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realize I don’t care what anybody got to say. I’m going to do me.”

Nicki and her Young Money crew collectively won the most trophies, with three. Pharrell, Beyoncé and August Alsina each collected two awards.

 

Here’s a list of winners:

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
KeKe 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


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