Minaj, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar win at BET
Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
There's no stopping Nicki Minaj.
The rapper picked up her fourth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards on Sunday night.
"Every time I win it's a humbling experience," she said. "My fans are amazing people."
Minaj performed with Chris Brown, who opened the awards show with a medley of new songs. BET couldn't bleep some of the rapper's expletives — much like the awards show last year. Expletives from Wayne Brady, Erykah Badu and the singers who performed with R. Kelly slipped, too.
Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
Mariah Carey was angelic as she belted her latest hit, "#Beautiful," with help from Miguel and Young Jeezy, and an excited R. Kelly sang snippets of a dozen of his hits. An energetic Robin Thicke was joined by Pharrell and T.I. when he sang his international No. 1 hit, "Blurred Lines."
Host Chris Tucker sang and danced too — in tribute to Michael Jackson.
Miguel won the night's first award, best male R&B pop artist, beating out Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.
2 Chainz arrives at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"I got to really give it up to all the other guys in this category," the singer said.
Don Cheadle presented Miguel with the award, and dedicated the night to the ailing Nelson Mandela.
"We want to take a moment and send our prayers and thoughts to a man who literally changed the world," he said. "This evening we would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family."