5 Buzziest Moments From BET Awards
Nicki Minaj may have thrown some serious shade, and more
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2014 9:02 AM CDT
Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If you missed last night's BET Awards, never fear: We have the most talked-about moments for you.

  • Nicki Minaj may have dissed Iggy Azalea. After beating Azalea and others to win Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Minaj said, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." Many took that as a dig at Azalea, and the Washington Post explains: "Minaj basically stood up and said live, on national television, that Azalea’s act is nothing but a charade. ... Minaj implying that Azalea doesn’t even write her own rhymes would make Azalea the prevailing Wizard of Oz of hip hop."
  • ...and then went on to give a bizarre acceptance speech. Minaj somewhat incomprehensibly described a near-death experience, Us reports. "The other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die," she said. "Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ.'"
  • Robin Thicke embarrassed himself again. Before performing "Forever Love," a puffy-eyed Thicke told the crowd, "I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife, and say, 'I miss you, and I’m sorry.'" A source tells Us that Thicke "appeared to be crying during and after his performance." The singer even paused to wipe his nose.

  • Paris Hilton had a wardrobe malfunction at the worst possible moment. As host Chris Rock opened the show, he called Hilton out for her dress, which featured strategically-placed cutouts. "Wow. You are getting your Kardashian on tonight," he said, as the camera cut to Hilton. Just then, one of the cutouts revealed part of her nipple, Hollywood Life and USA Today report.
  • Lionel Richie had his name misspelled. BET gave Richie a Lifetime Achievement award, but apparently didn't proofread the telecast text, which spelled his last name "Ritchie" as he appeared onscreen to accept, E! reports.

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Jul 2, 2014 8:38 PM CDT
I'll just bet all you stone throwers tune in to those BET movies.
Jul 1, 2014 5:56 AM CDT
The BET awards show is named after the network in general which is currently owned by a Caucasian gentleman. BET, the network was created when there were little to no highlight on the contribution of arts for Black Americans. Therefore the need to have a white awards show would be redundant. However, I do understand "heretoday's" comment on the naming and how the show/network's name could be considered offensive. But consider it from this perspective. Some Black Americans which appeared on the award show were recognized for their gift to entertain and offered a platform to express their crafts. In many other arenas, these artists, especially, the R&B artists have not experienced performing hit songs in front of a nationwide viewer audience. There are millions of people who want to see their performances as well as reward them. Therefore, the next time a thought passes a mind which wonder why do blacks get their own racially named award show or network, understand it is from a need and definitely not meant for racial disharmony. Actually, it has nothing to do with race. The focus is on talent.
Jun 30, 2014 1:57 PM CDT
The Black Entertainment Awards. What a hoot. How about a White Entertainment Awards? Oh wait, that would be racist.