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BET Awards 2014: Drake, Pharrell Among Early Winners

June 30, 2014 (1:55 am) GMT
The Canadian rapper wins Best Hip Hop Artist while Skateboard P takes home the Video of the Year award for his 'Happy'.

The 2014 BET Awards was officially kicked off at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 29. opened the event with the live performance of his "Come Get It Bae" before bringing out to perform her 2003 hit "Pass That Dutch".

became the first nominee that night to win an award as he's named Best New Artist. The singer, who edged out competitors like , Mack Wilds, and , shed some tears while receiving his trophy from presenters and .

was later announced as the winner in the Best Hip Hop Artist category, but he wasn't there to collect his trophy. Instead, "" star Gary Owens accepted the award on behalf of the Canadian rapper.

After performed a medley of his hits, including "Confessions" and "You Remind Me", Pharrell took the stage again to accept the Video of the Year award for his "Happy" from and . More winners will be announced as the 2014 BET Awards unfolds.



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