Chris Rock Hosting BET Awards

*The 2014 BET Awards delivered a wild ride of exhilarating performances, side-splitting comedy and countless fashion do’s and don’ts.

Hosted by veteran funny man Chris Rock, the evening began with live music from mega-producer and “Happy”  creater Pharrell Williams.

Keeping the crowd in stitches between award presentations and live performances, Rock provided endless laughs and quick-witted commentary from start to finish. He even poked fun at Rick Ross for coming out with his own line of headphones, calling them “Dia-beats” in connection with Dr. Dre’s multibillion dollar business deal with apple.  In fact, if you scroll down, you can see Rock’s opening monologue.

Despite his ongoing legal woes, Chris Brown reminded viewers why he was once dubbed the second coming of pop icon Michael Jackson. To the sound of his new smash hit “Loyal,” the dynamic singer ripped the stage with dizzying coreography and was joined by renowned drummer Travis Barker.

The rest of the show featured a multitude of celebrity apearances, including performances by Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, Tyrese, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko and more. Like every year a portion of the ceremony was dedicated in honor of the recent deaths of Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee,  Bobby Womack, and others.

Phylicia Rashad took the stage to share her thoughts during the shows civil rights anniversary tribute and Lionel Richie was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Delivering on its promise to be bigger and better than ever, the BET awards didn’t disappoint.

See an encore tonight at 7pm Pacific/6 Central.

Chris Rock – Monologue – BET Awards 2014 by IdolxMuzic

Here are the winners:

Best New Artist
Ariana Grande
August Alsina *WINNER
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Lupita Nyong’o *WINNER
Oprah Winfrey

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

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Video of the Year
Beyoncé – Partition
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Chris Brown – Fine China
Drake – Worst Behavior
Pharrell Williams – Happy *WINNER

Best Gospel Artist
Donnie McClurkin
Erica Campbell
Hezekiah Walker
Tamela Mann *WINNER
Tye Tribbett

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Brittney Griner
Lolo Jones
Serena Williams *WINNER
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Blake Griffin
Carmelo Anthony
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Kevin Durant *WINNER
LeBron James

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Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams *WINNER

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Daft Punk
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Young Money *WINNER

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Angel Haze
Charli Baltimore
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj *WINNER

See the complete list of winners and nominees here.