The 2013 BET Awards has officially begun, kicked off with Chris Brown's performance of "Don't Think They Know" during which Nicki Minaj joined him on stage. After an opening monolog by host Chris Tucker, Don Cheadle presented the first award of the night.
The actor sent prayers and support to Nelson Mandela and family before announcing Best Male Pop/R&B Artist, which went to Miguel. The "Sure Thing" singer beat Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Usher for the prize.
Staying humble, the San Pedro-born star said in his accepting speech, "I got to really give it up to all the other guys in this category." He added, "For anyone out there, stick to your guns... Just do what you believe in and you can do anything."
Kendrick Lamar grabbed the second award of the night for Best New Artist, which was presented by Angela Bassett and Gabrielle Union. Also vying for the title were Azealia Banks and The Weeknd among others.
Lamar didn't make it to the stage to collect the gong, but he later showed up to perform "m.A.A.d City.". Erykah Badu later joined him for a jazzy rendition of "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe".
Gabrielle Douglas has grabbed two trophies, The Young Stars Award and Subway Sportswoman of the Year. "This is definitely incredible," the Olympic gymnast said when accepting The Young Stars Award. Subway Sportsman of the Year, meanwhile, went to LeBron James.
Also already taking home award from the show were Jamie Foxx, who was dubbed Best Actor, and Mary Mary, who was hailed as Best Gospel Artist. The actor gave a shout-out to "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino when accepting the prize.