From the BET Experience, to the Red Carpet, to the actual Awards Show, BET really put some effort into stepping their game up this year. RadioFacts.com was on hand to witness various aspects of this year’s extravaganza first hand.
As for the show, the BET AWARDS ’13 kicked off with an electrifying performance by Chris Brown . Brown performed a medley of hits including his current single “Fine China” and a special performance of “Don’t They Know” with vocals from Aaliyah. Nicki Minaj made a surprise performance by flying onto the stage and joining Brown for an energizing performance of “Love More.” BET AWARDS ’13 nominees Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Olympic medalist Gabrielle Douglas all took home two awards. This year marked Chris Brown’s fourth year in a row winning the Fandemonium Award.
“House of Lies” and “Iron Man” actor Don Cheadle presented the evening’s first award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist to Miguel. Miguel played double duty as he performed his solo number “How Many Drinks” with Kendrick Lamar and joined Mariah Carey during her performance of #Beautiful featuring Young Jeezy.
Notable performances of the evening were Robin Thicke , who performed his new hit single “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell and T.I. Ciara and Nicki Minaj debuted their new single “I’m Out” on the BET Awards ’13 stage. BET Networks surprised the audience with a Caribbean music tribute featuring reggae artists Beenie Man who performed his hit “Who Am I,” Dawn Penn’s club anthem “No, No, No” and reggae classic “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers. As if that wasn’t enough, Elephant Man jumped on stage for the finale singing “Pon Di River,” which had Nicki Minaj jumping out her seat to dance.