Alicia Keys, Brandy, Ciara, Missy Elliott, & Keyshia Cole Celebrate Women at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Ciara and Missy Elliott

It was ladies’ night as BET presented its annual “Black Girls Rock!” celebration at the Loews Paradise Theatre in New York City on Saturday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded affair honored the achievements of women of color with heartfelt performances, tributes, and special awards. This year’s honorees included Dionne Warwick (Living Legend Award), Alicia Keys (Rock Star Award), and Janelle Monáe (Young, Gifted, & Black Award).

Ciara thrilled with some new moves and new material off her upcoming album One Woman Army, and was joined by Missy Elliott for “1, 2 Step.” Brandy delivered a knock-out performance of “Wildest Dreams,” and Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her new single “Trust and Believe” off her upcoming album Woman to Woman.

Alicia ignited the stage with her female anthem “Girl on Fire,” while Luke James, Anthony Hamilton, and Eric Benét serenaded the ladies with “Wildflower.”

“Black Girls Rock!” premieres Sunday, November 4, on BET.



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65 Comments

  1. TeamQUEENBEE

    Brandy that hair was laid!!

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  2. meme

    oh wow everyone looks great. brandy looks hot as hell, ciara hot as well although i think she needs to switch it up, I loved Akeys and Estelles looks as well.

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @meme, INDEED. IM PROUD OF BRANDY… SHE STILL GOT IT. I WISH THESE LADIES LUCK! ;)

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  3. MB92

    YAAAAASSSS CIARA LOOKS LIKE SHE PUT ON A SHOW!!! i cant wait Nov 4th

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  4. Set Tings Strater

    Brandy LOOKS amazin, SheS Definitly stepped HER game Up and IM Defintly gettin that album on Tuesday..

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  5. fnjg

    heres the exact reson i hate bet they will record something not one not 2 not 3 but 20+ days before airing it. like wtf is wrong with them. Everyone looks great tho

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  6. coolio

    BRANDYYYY TOO SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!Alicia and Janelle look great! Black girls ROCK!!

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  7. Fa

    BRANDY! OMG!
    She is the anti Beyonce in terms of style…minimal, on point, girly and extremely sexy!
    Go in and let have. The best dress to wear is a sparkling personality!
    LLLLLLLOOOOVE BRANDY

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  8. kylerspre

    Everyone looks in place in good accept missy shout out to the dyke fest

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @kylerspre, stfu

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  9. kylerspre

    Anyone else notice only only thing missing from this washed up pizza /coochie fest is queen latifah and sq brat

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @kylerspre, oh please. If this was a washed up pizza fest lil Kim woulda been headlining.

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  10. youwannaknow

    KEYSHIA WAS GORGEOUS!!

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  11. Isaac

    Ciara is hot, good of night

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    Isaac Reply:

    @Isaac, finally Ciara began Disclosure of cd

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  12. Karen

    Love the picture of Alicia and Dionne Warwick. Two amazing ladies and talents.

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  13. MmmHmm

    YES FOR MY FAVE MISSY!

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  14. blazeblanco

    Work BRANDY¡!!!!

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  15. Joey

    Missy looks great, proud of her! Everyone looks great though

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  16. Drew

    Dionne Warwick is ratchet as hell for that get-up.

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    beyness Reply:

    @Drew, lmao dead

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  17. Felicity

    BRANDY looks simply amazing! Will def be getting her new album this Tuesday!

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  18. Jay

    Man, I wish I could’ve been there!!! I really wanna see my girl Ciara…I know she killed! Bet it was a great night of performances from everyone. :)

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  19. mumi

    Imagine something like white girls rock. Everybody would be so bitchy about that.

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    REAL R&B LOVER Reply:

    @mumi, Because white women rock without a show like this…and so do black women.

    If you want something, go out and get it.
    B!tching will get you nowhere but Bitterville, USA.

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    meme Reply:

    @REAL R&B LOVER, lmfao

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @mumi, you sound ridiculous. That’s because there are different subraces with white that you claim as heritage to celebrate, such as Italian, Irish and Jewish. If you have a show about any of those ethnicities rocking, nobody will care because its just a heritage and pride thing. “White pride” however as an entire group of people is about excluding others and a declaration of supremacy as history has more than demonstrated to the world.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @mumi, Yep. ‘Cause white people have capitalized off of minorities for centuries and statistically have more social, political, and economic power in this world – and given the history of this country and the torrid race relations that have ensued, I agree: “White Girls Rock” would make a lot of people bitchy.

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  20. RealTalk....

    Brandy, Brandy, Brandy she looks smoking hotttt!! I can’t wait till Tuesday, this is how you come back. Ciara on the other hand she needs to switch things up. She just looks, dress the same all the time no artistic growth IMO. Good to see SWV. Excited to see it when it finally airs!!!! Smh

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  21. SHAWTY

    Really Great Line-up! I will be watching this for the first time….CIARA….KEYSHIA COLE….ALICIA KEYS…MISSY ELLIOT…BRANDY.. like wow! What a show this will be.

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  22. Warren

    Brandy looks amazing. She’s comind hard, finally after all these years and labels change.

    fingers crossed for first week numbers.

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  23. [email protected]

    Ciara prolly thinkin she stole the show, but it look like every single last one of her performances, $100 bucks say she did the matrix.]]

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    Speechless Reply:

    @[email protected], I saw comments from ppl who were there. so shut the fuck up bitch.

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    [email protected] Reply:

    @Speechless, dont get internet gangsta on me hiding behind your keyboard, no body aint stannin or checkn for Ciara. She is straight doo doo.

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    Speechless Reply:

    @[email protected], then prepare to lose your 100 bucks b!tch.

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  24. Natasha

    This is so racist, I wonder what people would if there was a show called white women rock. One thing is fighting for equality but it is another thing to try to separate yourself so much as to try to be higher

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    Mrs. Hampton Reply:

    @Natasha, This isn’t racist at all, the show is empowering for African Americans children to see that we as women don’t have to be stereotyped by white society as video whores, baby mamas, loud boisterous hoodrats and other epithets that mainstream calls black females. Before you label something as racist do your research on how many positive black female role models there are in the media. God Bless!

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    Natasha Reply:

    @Mrs. Hampton, if you wanna be equal then treat yourself as an equal. There are more than 5 times as many white people as there are black. Of course they are going to be more of the successful ones are going to be white. Its not about white people being better but its about the fact that there is about 73 percent white Americans and 13percent black americans

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @Natasha, quite honestly you are quite racist in that you would gripe so much about a show that teaches black girls to be proud of who they are as opposed to what America in particular white America has always told them about themselves since the beginning of time. The ironic part about your statement is that the only race that’s ever tried that ever declared seperation because of their supposed “supremacy” is the white race so you’re comment is just so damn ignorant in many ways. And for disclosure I am a white male so don’t try and say I’m picking on you Cus you’re white.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Natasha, Just like I told the other person, white people have capitalized off of minorities for centuries and statistically have more social, political, and economic power in this world. You can’t be racist if you are a social minority with significantly less power than the majority. Pick up a history book, turn to the index, and look up “SLAVERY,” and “White Supremacy” That should explain a lot for you. K?

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    lol Reply:

    @Ursula, yo what does this do for black girls socioeconomic status? Nothing! It just makes them arrogant. When we see these girls performing at something that’s actually doing something for black girls then you can use that argument.
    Don’t try to get political when you know damn well it has nothing to do with it.

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    michelle Reply:

    @lol, it makes them arrogant??um no how about instilling pride into people that only get shown as basketball wives,video hos and baby mommas

    yall are pathetic with this bytching..soon as we do something uplifting were full of ourselves, im sure you would rather us just play the stereotypical role in media

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  25. Isis

    Wtf did Ciara wear on the red carpet lmao. Girl…

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  26. killuminati

    nothing but a bunch of illuminati puppets and sex slaves in one spot and i bet all you sheep gone watch.

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  27. Beyoncefans

    Brandyyyyyyyy!!!!!! This woman is pure gorgeous !!!! Your album is a materpiece!love you

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  28. Mira

    KEYSHIA fuckinnn COLE looks stunning. That bitch is sickening! yasss Im so loving her this era! November 19th I will be buying Woman to Woman

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  29. Music lover

    Keyshia is rocking her looks , she slayed all the girls…Woman to Woman november 19th. Cant wait!!!

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  30. Sharp Tongue

    C-Error and his shenanigans.

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  31. teamSWV

    SWV killed da stage and dey were lookin HOT!!! #Stylin #SWV

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  32. Kristiopher

    I remember that black girl rocked stuff!!! Monica graced the stage & murdered her performance! I’m excited to keyshia cole

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  33. Dez

    Bow Wow looks out of place. lol

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  34. My name is oo

    Love Ciara! Fuck the haters, y’all must be rihtard fans.

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  35. another black girl

    I love all the beautiful black women that grace the big screen, TV, and the air waves. It’s also wonderful to see the unseen and the unheard. Stay strong black girls ..

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  36. Haw

    Wow Wow Wow
    I really hope Ashanti were also at there.
    Love Them All
    Cici, Missy, Brandy, Keyshia, Alicia
    can’t wait their new album !!

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  37. Rez

    I can’t wait to see Brandy and Keyshia’s performances. Those are my girls.. I already know Brandy PUT IT DOWN vocally on Black Girl Rock with her perfomance of “WILDEST DREAMS.”

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  38. ASIPOFBRANDY

    ALL I’M SAYIN IS B’ROCKA IS BACK LIKE SHE NEVA LEFT!! #PROUDSTAR

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  39. Kenya

    Missy Elliott!!! Ciara!!! Alicia Keys!!! Brandy!!! Keyshia Cole!!! FINALLY MUSIC IS RETURNING TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS!!!!!!!!! I CANT DEAL YASSSS I will be tuning into Black Girls Rock

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  40. Black Girls ROCK!!

    this is going to be one for the books!!!! I see Missy Elliott getting that promo heavy and Ciara, Keyshia, & Brandy also!!

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  41. Bo$$et Mafia

    LEts show support for all these beautiful black women its not about comparing or tearing them down they get enough of that. Lets upflift #BlackGirlsRock!

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  42. Kai

    Yoooooo this looks like a nice line up. I cant wait to see this show!! EXCITED!!!!

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  43. Real Hip Hop

    I am here for Missy Elliott getting all the promo she is getting!!!! Her team is making sure she is any and everywhere for her return. I also like the promo of Brandy & Ciara & Keyshia Cole this is good for all of them. Managers of artists need to take notes. I will be watching this event. I cannot wait!!!

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  44. Get Ya Freak On

    MISSY ELLIOTT!!!!!!!

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  45. R to the Diamonds star down to the C way

    amazing

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  46. pamelakaythoma1

    hey girl cant wait to see your performance on B.E.T’s black girls rock keep doin you cuz u rock

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  47. Audrey B.

    First I would like to say “Thank You”, because black woman we do rock. Until we as black woman realize how special we are, we will never get the respect we deserve. So, thank you BET for the encouragement to believe in who we are.
    I would like to thank all of the artist who took out the time to let our sisters know how important we are to Alicia, you are such a strong black woman with more power than you will ever know. Kerry Washington, I love your strength. You inspire me so much. Keisha you have grown so much. I wish a lot of sisters would just listen to what the words of that song is saying I just want to thank BET for letting us see how great we are. Thank You!!!!

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