The 2014 BET Awards held on Sunday night, June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
African stars and media including Tiwa Savage, Mafikozolo, Ice Prince, Stephanie Coker and Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi were at the event.
Nigerian music star, Davido won the Best International Act-Africa.
The night’s big winner was Beyonce. The pop superstar got three awards, including the 2014 FAN-demonium award, voted on by viewers. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina also had a happy night, taking home two awards apiece.
Nicki Minaj won for Best Female Hip Hop Star, and in her acceptance speech, she praised herself as a hip-hop star that doesn’t have someone writing for her, an apparent dig at Iggy Azalea. Drake beat out Jay Z for Best Male Hip Hop star.
12 Years a Slave was chosen as Best Movie, with the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, taking home acting awards. Lionel Richie was honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
One memorable moment of the night was Kevin Hart interrupting presenter, Kerry Washington and referring to himself as “Oliver Pope,” a reference to Washington’s Scandal character, Olivia Pope.
Nigeria’s young sensation, Wizkid has joined the league of top Nigerian artists awarded the BET prize for Best International Act.
Wizkid won the award in a tie with Ghanaian artist, Sarkodie at the 2012 edition of the BET Awards on Sunday.
Another Nigerian artist, Ice Prince Zamani was nominated in the category which also had AfricaCamp Mulla from Kenya, Mokobe from Mali and Lira from South Africa.
With this award Wizkid has joined the likes of D’banj, Tuface Idibia, Asa, 9ice and Nneka in picking the BET Award.
Nigeria also had another claim at the event which held in California on Sunday, as Nigerian-American rapper, Wale, won the Best Collaboration Award for his rap track “Lotus Flower Bomb” which features Miguel.
Jay-Z and Kanye West were the big winners at the BET Awards 2012 walking away with Video of the Year for their “Otis” single. The rap duo also won Best Group for their collaboration on the “Watch The Throne” album.
The award ceremony for Black Entertainers was hosted by foremost Hollywood Actor, Samuel L. Jackson, who opened the show by doing a parody of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “In Paris” with director Spike Lee.
Beyonce and Chris Brown also won two awards each for the night.
Nicki Minaj, Usher, Brown, Wale, G.O.O.D. Music, Y’Anna Crawley, Amber Bullock, Jessica Reedy, Melanie Fiona and 2 Chainz were among the performers.
There was also a special tribute to Whitney Houston that included performances from Chaka Khan, Brandy, Monica and Houston’s mother Cissy Houston, who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The tribute also included appearances by Houston’s “Waiting to Exhale” co-stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon.
Check out the full list of winners for the 2012 BET Awards.
Best International Act
AfricaCamp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Sarkodie (Ghana) — WINNER
Best Female R&B Artist
Beyonce — WINNER
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown — WINNER
Bad Meets Evil
Maybach Music Group
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) — WINNER
Beyonce f/ J. Cole – “Party”
Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”