Here's a look at some of the memorable moments that emerged from the 2014 BET Awards:
Accepting her fifth consecutive award for female hip-hop artist, Nicki Minaj gave a rambling speech in which she said she was recently near death. "The other day, literally I didn't tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn't even want to call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well if I call the ambulance, it's going to be on TMZ,'" Minaj said, as some of the audience laughed.
"And I would rather sit there and die," she added, looking to the crowd. "And it made me realize I don't care what anybody got to say. I'm going to do me."
Lil Wayne accompanied Minaj to the stage to accept her award, just as she joined him — and dozens of others — onstage to accept the best group award for Young Money. At the conclusion of that acceptance speech, which featured an appearance by Wayne's daughter, he didn't just drop the mike, but the whole microphone stand.
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