Last night, BET held its annual awards show, hosted by Chris Rock and featuring a vast number of entertainers. But they could’ve probably used another editor on hand, since they managed to throw an errant T into Lionel Richie’s name onscreen as they were presenting him a Lifetime Achievement Award. But that wasn’t the big story from last night’s show. The big story was Nicki Minaj, winning her fifth straight Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award and, in the process, throwing subliminal shots at Iggy Azalea: “When Nicki Minaj spit it, Nicki Minaj wrote it… I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity.” She didn’t say Iggy’s name, but as Iggy was performing “Fancy” earlier in the night, the cameras caught Nicki in the crowd, more or less mocking Iggy’s model-pose dancing. Nicki, who is winning this thing before it even starts, also performed, doing a Lewis Carroll-inspired medley of “Chi-Raq” and “Pills N Potions.” Elsewhere on the show, Pharrell staged a reunion of late-’90s/early-’00s Virginia Beach hitmakers, interrupting his own performance of “Come Get It Bae” so that Missy Elliott could do “Pass The Dutch” with him. And Chris Rock went to a monster truck rally to interview white people about the BET Awards. Watch the highlights unfold below.
If you’re not convinced that Nicki Minaj is the best, take a long look at that Vine.