Live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30th, the BET AWARDS ‘13 kicked off in major style. JubileeMag.com was in L.A. to witness all of the action!
One of the most unforgettable performances of the night began with Justin Timberlake presenting R&B legend Charlie Wilson with the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award. India. Arie opened the moving tribute to Wilson with “There Goes My Baby” while Jamie Foxx blessed the crowd with the favorite “Yearning For Your Love.” The legendary Stevie Wonder then took the stage and energized the audience with the funky “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me).” Wilson joined Timberlake, Snoop Lion and Pharrell for 2003’s “Beautiful,” a hit that reintroduced Wilson to a new generation of fans along with knock-out renditions of “Signs,” “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” and “Girl You Knock Me Out,” bringing the crowd to its feet.
This year’s show brought out nine Oscar-nominated actors, including winners, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker and Stevie Wonder. Hollywood showed up for the BET Awards ‘13, including the cast members of the upcoming “The Best Man Holiday,” Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa and Harold Perrineau. Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan presented the award for Best Collaboration and spoke about their Sundance Film Festival winning, “Fruitvale Station.” Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Goodand Gabrielle Union, stars of the highly anticipated “Think Like A Man 2” also hit the BET Awards ‘13 stage.
The moving In Memoriam tributes during the live BET Awards ‘13 broadcast included Kris Kross’ member Chris Kelly and blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland.
The King of R&B, R. Kelly, surprised fans with a choir singing his hits acapella along the aisles of the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. He sang a medley of his songs including “I Wish,” “When a Woman’s Fed Up,” “Ignition (remix)” and more.
Q.U.E.E.N. of the night, Janelle Monáe closed the show with a hot performance of her hit single with sultry singer Erykah Badu for a black and white fantasy, accompanied by a snow-white poodle.
There were so many wonderful performances, but clearly one of the best was Tamala Mann singing ‘Take Me To The King’. Check out the video here.
Check out our top pics from the red carpet.
Photos: Kristyn Brown