The BET Awards were barely about the actually awards as wild performances stole the night. They also didn't present the top honor Sunday.
Janelle Monae ended the three and a half hour-plus event with a top notch performance of Q.U.E.E.N. alongside Erykah Badu, who brought a white poodle onstage. It was just one of the night's best performances, which also featured stolen moments from a seductive Ciara, a slick Miguel, a random — but welcomed — reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.
Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer, joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.
Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
Minaj and Brown picked up their fourth consecutive wins for best female hip-hop artist and the fandemonium award.
Host Chris Tucker sang and danced too — in tribute to Michael Jackson.
Miguel won the night's first award, best male R&B pop artist, beating out Brown, Timberlake, Usher and Bruno Mars.
Jamie Foxx, wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Trayvon Martin, won best actor, and danced onstage with Kevin Hart when accepting the honor.
Rihanna won best female R&B pop artist and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best group.
In picture: Snoop Dogg, left, and Justin Timberlake perform onstage
Text and images: AP