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Recap of The 2014 BET Awards

The Nokia Theatre in LA came alive as Comedian Chris Rock hosted a spirited and comical 2014 BET Awards Ceremony. Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall presented the first award of the night to August Alisina who gave a tearful acceptance speech for his win of best new artist.  A special appearance by Keke Palmer signaled, the first performance of the night by Hip Hop favorite Lil Wayne.

Palmer also announced the arrival of her new talk show, Just Keke which will premiere 6/30/14 on BET. Nick Cannon and Zinday presented the nominees for Best Gospel Artist , with Tamela Mann reigning victorious. Tamela and her husband David Mann humbly accepted the award with tearful thanks to God and others for years of support. Terrance J and Eve presented Lupita N'ygong with the Best Actress Award while the cast of The Game
Praised Lionel Richie with the lifetime achievement award. Mike Tyson and the cast of Think Like A Man Too presented the Male Best Hip Hop Artist Award to fan favorite Drake. One of the most memorable performances of the night that moved the entire audience was by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Tigger. Rapper and Actor Common presented a heartfelt nomination for The Music Matters Artistic Activist Award to Gabi Wilson. It was an evening packed with surprises, tears of joy and excitement as viewers gained insight on current and upcoming movies, music and TV shows for Summer and Fall 2014.

Chris Rock has already announced that he will go on the Black Plague tour later this year, but this past weekend he made his first televised performance in quite some time (outside of some fun late night appearances) by hosting this year’s BET Awards.Ten years have almost passed since Rock’s last hosting gig, which just happened to be The 77th Academy Awards in 2005. MTV’s Video Music Awards also enlisted the talents of Chris Rock as a host a number of times in the early 2000s. Some speculate that Rock only hosted The Oscars once because the Academy didn’t like how different the telecast was in tone from past ceremonies hosted by the likes of Billy Crystal.

For this year’s BET Awards, Rock, confident and unflappable as ever, took the stage in one sharp looking three piece suit and showed no signs of any sort of rust. His monologue went through the obligatory jokes targeting the various movies, TV shows, and celebrities that are nominated and in attendance, respectively, but he also touched on the Donald Sterling controversy right as he closed to a big laugh and applause break. Chris was also censored plenty for explicit language, a welcome addition to the largely touchy landscape of awards shows.

While the rumors that Chris going on tour with Dave Chappelle never really materialized, we should all be happy that Chris Rock is back with a mic in hand
The 2014 BET Awards Ceremony was rounded out by appearances and performances by Jennifer Hudson, Nikki Minaj, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and Terry Crews.  The most exciting thing about the ceremony was the everyday people that were honored for their non celebrity status and work done in the community. BET has always been good with inspiring the next generation of thinkers, leaders, and performers ; with this year being no exception. What did you think of this year's awards ? Let us know in the comment section below. What other hosting duties would like to see Chris Rock take over? Let us know in the comments below.

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