The 2014 BET Awards started off with a dynamite performance of "Come Get It Bae" by Pharrell . His dancers had on cute cheer leading outfits with "BAE" across the shirt. Pharrell is known for surprises so bringing out Missy Elliott definitely hyped up the crowd. Comedian and actor Chris Rock hosted and he introduced the first presenters of the night Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union whom presented August Alsina with the award for Best New Artist. August Alsina was so humbled and thankful .He thanked his mama, his fans, and Jesus in his speech. Did you alll feel that ? That moment he's been waiting for . It was truly heart warming to see August accept his award. Lil Wayne perfomed "Krazy" for the first time ever on the BET stage followed by "Believe Me". Of course he shouted out " I love you Reginae" at the end of his set. Zendaya and Nick Cannon presented the uplifting and soulful Tamela Mann with the award for Best Gospel Artist. Gorgeous model Eva Marcille and Terrence J announced Lupita Nyong'o won the award for Best Actress. John Legend took the stage and gave an incredible performance of his latest single "You and I" off his "Love In The Future " album. He also brought out Jhene Aiko who sang her single "The Worst". John Legend sang ad-libbed with Jhene Aiko which added an extra special effect to her song. Hot collaboration. I definitely want to hear more from these two together. After that interesting set Mike Tyson and Gary Owens announced Drake as the Best Male Hip Hop Artist. Did you hear the screams when Chris Rock said Chris Brown was coming to the stage? The moment Team Breezy has been waiting for, Chris Brown gave an electrifying performance of "Loyal" alongside Lil Wayne , Tyga , and Travis Barker on the drums. Chris Brown did his thing as usual. Weren't you happy to see Breezy rock out with those epic dance moves ? Common introduced Music Matters artist Gabi Wilson whom is 17 and can sing and play 10 instruments. Huge shout out and much success to Gabi. Usher blazed the stage with a mix of his greatest hits the crowd went crazy during the break-down of "Confessions" , "U Remind Me" "You Don't Have To Call", "Caught Up", and his new single "Good Kisser". Kerry Washington and Kevin Hart announced the Video Of The Year award went to Pharrell for "Happy" . Terry Crews presented Kevin Durant Subway Sportman of the Year and Serena Williams Subway Sportswoman of the Year. Jennifer Hudson looked glamorous as she debut her new song "Its Your World". Desean Jackson and Boris Kodjoe gave the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist to Pharrell Williams . Gugu Mbatha- Raw and Nate Parker premiered their movie trailer for their upcoming film "Beyond the Lights". Mogul Nicki Minaj gave a steaming performance of Chiraq and Pills N Potions . Keyshia Cole introduced Music Matters artist Adrian Marcel. Actor Larenz Tate whose starring in the upcoming BET Cinema film "Gun Hill" shined light on Denzel Thompson who started "Philly Urban Creators" an Tim Kean who launched "Urban Prep Academy". BET honored them for both taking the initiative to start programs that bettered their community. Best New Artist August Alsina performed "Kissin On My Tattoos" and "I Luv It Remix" with Trey Songz and Chris Brown. The fiery trio definitely heated up the stage followed by a solo performance from Trey Songz . Trey Songz album "TRIGGA" drops July 1st he hit the stage and performed his single "NANA". Winner of numerous awards tonight Pharrell Williams gave a special introductory speech for Lionel Richie whom is being awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from BET. Lionel Richie has done great things in the music industry and for him to be acknowledged for all his great achievements and works by BET is a huge honor. John Legend, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams all sang to Lionel Richie. In Lionel Richie's acceptance speech he said "Soul is a feeling not a color , talent is a God given gift and not a category and out of the box is that magical place where talent goes to live, and thrive, and breed and may you never give that up as long as you're in this business". Lionel Richie then serenaded the crowd with "Easy Like Sunday Morning" and "All Night Long". T.I swagged up the stage with "No Mediocre" with Iggy Azalea. Iggy Azalea then segwayed into a dope performance of "Fancy". Actor Chadwick Boseman the star of the upcoming film "Get On Up" in which he's playing the iconic James Brown announced the award for Best Group which went to Young Money. Shad Moss , Keshia Chante, and Insta Star Winner Rodney Howard announced the BET Viewers Choice Award winner August Alsina. Chris Rock introduced singers singing a few old school R&B love songs like "All I Do Is Think Of You" , "Sex You Up", and "Freak Me". Ms.Debra Lee the CEO and Chairman of BET looked beautiful presenting the Humanitarian Award. I think its very important that she addressed that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights act of 1964. She said "The government action that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion , or national origin. Signing that act took a pen but getting to that act took passion, patience, tears, blood, pride and lives. Segregation was a national scourge and groups of people many of whom were only in their twenties refused in different ways to allow America's future to look like its past. They made this countries shame a global story. One that brought attention to African American second class citizenship and courageous young people that refused that status. We are here on this stage tonight because that generation of citizens stood , sat, marched, and refused to move to make this country better". She presented the BET Award By StateFarm to Myrlie Evers Williams. Phylicia Rashad celebrated the illuminating light of both legendary woman Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. Those two phenomenal women will never be forgotten. BET also took the time to remember stars whom have passed this year. Vision Implementer Tyrese sang from the soul the late Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now". Robin Thicke took to the piano to sing "Forever Love". Floyd Mayweather announced Nicki Minaj as the winner for Best Female Hip Hop Artist .Beyonce and Jay Z closed the show with a fiery and sexy performance of "Partition" from their "On The Run Tour". The 2014 BET Awards were definitely thrilling . Congratulations to all the nominees , winners, performers, and the entire BET network.
Comedian, actor, executive producer, and writer Chris Rock has just been named as the host of the 2014 BET Awards. On today's special edition of 106 & Park Bow Wow and Keshia Chante announced the award nominees. Without question, the 2014 BET Awards are going to rock. So tune in a the show airs live on June 29th from L.A.
Check out the full list of nominees below. Follow @BETAwards on Twitter . Don't Forget To Tweet and Instagram #BETAwards . Congratulations to all the nominees.