There were laughs and tears at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 on Saturday. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the ninth annual show returned to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta to honor the best in hip-hop, with performances from some of the year’s biggest stars.
Uncle Snoop showed off his comedic chops in several skits throughout the evening. He brought his GGN network to life on stage, interviewing French Montana and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust.
In honor of the song’s 20-year anniversary, Brandy reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix to her debut single “I Wanna Be Down.”
The most powerful moment of the evening came when Common, Jay Electronica, and Vince Staples stood on stage with the parents of Mike Brown. There was a moment of silence and the crowd put their hands in the air in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.
With tears in his eyes, Doug E. Fresh acknowledged his late mother while accepting the “I Am Hip-Hop Award.”
“I want to thank this woman and hip-hop. If it wasn’t for hip-hop, I don’t know where I would be,” said an emotional Fresh, who also performed “La Di Da Di” with Snoop.
T.I. took the stage with Young Thug for “About the Money,” Rae Sremmurd performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone,” and Migos knocked it out with “Fight Night.”
A day after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in Birdman’s condo, Keyshia Cole presented Producer of the Year to DJ Mustard. Her rumored boyfriend Birdman was also in the house, performing “Lifestyle” with Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.
Drake received the most nominations with eight, followed by Jay Z, Pharrell, and Future with six apiece.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, along with the pre-recorded cyphers, will air October 14 at 8 p.m. EST.