Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar And Nicki Minaj Win Big At The Annual 'BET Awards' 2015
Janet Jackson Receives Inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award
June 29, 2015 at 4:27 AM (PT)
From JANET JACKSON and PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY to SMOKEY ROBINSON and KENDRICK LAMAR, it was a night full of electrifying performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments at the 15th annual “BET AWARDS" hosted by ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, which aired live from the MICROSOFT THEATRE AT L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, JUNE 28th.
Hosts ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS surprised the audience with an opening song complete with TRACEE flying over the stage in a money suit.
KENDRICK LAMAR kicked off the show with a performance of his latest single “Alright” and graced the stage again after winning Best Male Hip Hop Artist. BEYONCÉ and CHRIS BROWN tied with three awards, followed by OSCAR-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.
One of the most attention-grabbing moments of the evening was JANET JACKSON taking the stage to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, presented by JIMMY JAM and TERRY LEWIS. The pop icon was honored with a dance tribute highlighting a mix of some of the most memorable and successful performances of her storied career.
ALICIA KEYS made a surprise appearance joining THE WEEKND on the “BET AWARDS” stage for a stunning performance of "Earned It" that drew a standing ovation. JANELLE MONAE delivered an incredible performance of "Yoga,” which was amped up even more with an appearance by JIDENNA, who took over the stage to perform his own hit “Classic Man.”
NICKI MINAJ got the crowd popping when she joined MEEK MILL on stage with CHRIS BROWN to perform their brand new single “All Eyes on Us.” Then, AVERY WILSON and ANDRA DAY both had impressive performances during the evening as a part of Music Matters presented by NISSAN.
Earlier in the night CHRIS BROWN had the audience moving to his latest hit with TYGA “Ayo,” then the crowd got on their feet when OMARION joined the stage to jump on “Post To Be” for a hot dance routine with Brown.
YAZZ, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and SERAYAH from the cast of “Empire” had the entire room dancing to “No Apologies,” “You're So Beautiful,” and “Drip Drop,” which JUICY J joined for on stage.
BIG SEAN got the crowd on its feet to “One Man Can Change the World,” “Blessings,” and “IDFWU” with special guest E-40.
Presenter LAVERNE COX got in on the night's fun with co-presenter GABRIELLE UNION, who played a round of “hip-hop trivia” to determine who would have to change after wearing matching dresses.
One of the nights top highlights was a surprise reunion performance from PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY who brought out original members of BAD BOY RECORDS including LIL’ KIM, MA$E, FAITH EVANS, THE LOX, 112 and a projection of NOTORIOUS B.I.G. as well as special guests FRENCH MONTANA and PHARRELL to perform classic records including “Peaches & Cream,” "Feel So Good,” “Hypnotize,’” and “All About The Benjamins” as well as DIDDY and PHARRELL’s newest collaboration “Finna Get Loose.”
Following the performance, DIDDY presented legendary artist and MOTOWN executive SMOKEY ROBINSON with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
PATTI LABELLE proved she hasn’t missed a beat joining TAMAR BRAXTON and K. MICHELLE who put their differences aside as they performed “If Only You Knew.”