Thicke, Brown perform, Miguel wins at BET Awards
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)
Chris Brown kicked off the BET Awards with a medley of his new songs and Robin Thicke was joined by Pharrell and T.I. when he sang his international No. 1 hit, "Blurred Lines."
The R&B singers were early performers at Sunday's show. Minaj joined Brown, and BET couldn't bleep some of the rapper's expletives — much like the awards show last year.
Miguel won the night's first award, best male R&B pop artist, beating out Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.
"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.
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, Drake performs at the "Made In America" music festival, in Philadelphia. The rapper-singer is up for 12 honors at the 2013 BET Awards, including five nominations for video of the year, which has 10 nominees. The awards air live Sunday, June 30, 2013, from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
"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 offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family."
Kendrick Lamar, who is expected to perform, won best new artist, but didn't make it to the stage to collect the trophy. He, along with 2 Chainz, are the second most nominated acts behind Drake, who is up for 12 honors, including five nominations for video of the year, which has 10 nominees.
His own hits — "Started from the Bottom" and "HYFR" — are up for the top prize, as well as his guest appearances on 2 Chainz's "No Lie," A$AP Rocky's "(Expletive) Problems" and Lamar's "Poetic Justice." Other video of the year nominees are Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," Rihanna's "Diamonds," ''Adorn" by Miguel, Kanye West's "Mercy" and "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.