Watch Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Jay Z & Beyoncé Perform at the BET Awards
By Shannon Carlin
Sure, they handed out awards last night (June 30) at the BET Awards, but what we’re all really going to be talking about is the performances. And boy, were there some doozies.
From Pharrell Williams bringing out a very special guest, not to mention trying out a new hat, to Nicki Minaj debuting her latest single “Pills n Potions” for the first time live to Robin Thicke continuing his get the girl back campaign at another live show to Chris Brown’s big post-jail return. Not to mention, Bey & Jay’s sexy finale, this year showed hip-hop is where it’s at.
Oh, and about those awards. Bey took home Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, along with the prize for Best Collaboration for “Drunk In Love” with her hubby. Pharrell won Best Make R&B/Pop Artist and Best Music Video of the Year for “Happy.” Drake won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, while Minaj took home the Best Female Hip-Hop artist for the fifth time. In her speech she let the crowd know, “If you hear Nicki Minaj singing, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”
For a complete list of winners, go here.
Now let’s take a look at the performances.
Pharrell kicked off the night with a performance of “Come Get It Bae.” While Miley Cyrus appears on the track, she wouldn’t make it to the show (too busy working on a shrine to her recently deceased dog, Floyd), but Pharrell did treat the crowd to a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott, who performed a verse from her 2003 single “Pass the Dutch.” And even if her mic was a little low, we were just happy to see Missy back doing what she does best.
Watch each performance in the playlist below:
Beyoncé and Jay Z closed out the show with a remix of “Partition” that had Jay shouting out Kanye West’s favorite designer, Riccardo Tisci, Versace and TMZ, while Bey did a little sexy shadow dancing.