5 memorable moments from the BET Awards
From left, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Lion, and Pharrell Williams pose backstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP)
Charlie Wilson's red coat. Kendrick Lamar and Miguel. Nicki Minaj's chair. And just where did Chris Tucker go?
There were a lot of memorable things about Sunday night's BET Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that are worth talking about Monday morning. Here are five to reflect on:
CHARLIE WILSON: The Gap Band singer and hip-hop producer's best friend, dubbed "Uncle Charlie" years ago by Snoop Dogg, wasn't content to just accept his lifetime achievement award. After dancing through a tribute from Stevie Wonder, Indie.Arie and Jamie Foxx and giving a long, inspiring speech, Timberlake persuaded Wilson to grab a mic. Wearing a fantastically bold red jacket and white pants, the 60-year-old took command of the show, performing a number of hits with assistance from Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, including "You Dropped a Bomb on Me." We're not going to say Uncle Charlie showed up that group of modern-day superstars, but there is video on the Internet this morning. Make your own decision.
From left, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
THE FUTURE: Aside from Wilson, the night's most memorable stars were rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer Miguel, who both took victory laps after breakout years. Miguel won the night's first award, best male R&B/pop star over Chris Brown, and performed three times — including once with Lamar on "How Many Drinks." And Lamar was the night's top winner tied with Drake with three awards, including best male hip-hop artist and best new artist. The 26-year-old used the moment to make an inspirational speech for "all my little homeboys and homegirls" in nearby Compton where he grew up: "I came up in that same county building. Food stamps. Welfare. Section 8. Check it out. You're looking at me on TV right now. This is living proof you can do anything you put your mind to. You feel me?"