Beyoncé was the toast of the 2014 BET Awards after scooping three top prizes and closing the show with a taped performance of “Partition” from her On The Run tour with husband Jay-Z.
The “Partition” hitmaker picked up Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love with her rapper partner.
Pharrell Williams kicked off the proceedings with his Miley Cyrus collaboration “Come Get It Bae,” but instead of performing with Miley herself, he had a little help from reclusive rap superstar Missy Elliott. The pair then burst into a rendition of her 2003 hit “Pass That Dutch.”
The pair received a rapturous welcome from the crowd, and Williams went on to be named the winner in the Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist category and Video of the Year for “Happy.”
Drake saw off competition from Jay Z to win the Best Male Hip Hop Artist prize, while Nicki Minaj went home with the female equivalent. Best Group went to Young Money, Lil Wayne’s collection of artists.
Oscar-winning drama 12 Years A Slave swept the board in the movie categories, being named Best Film, while its stars Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor won the top acting prizes.
Chris Brown surprised the crowd with a performance of his new track “Loyal.” He was joined by Lil Wayne and Tyga for his first high-profile post-prison show. Other performers to wow the crowd included T.I. and Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Lionel Richie, who performed a medley of hits after being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Although they couldn’t be there in person, Beyoncé and Jay-Z closed the show with a pre-recorded performance from their collaborative tour.
Chris Rock acted as host. The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – Drunk in Love
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
12 Years a Slave
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Jhene Aiko – The Worst
Best International Act: Africa
Best International Act: UK
Krept & Konan.