Live from the 2015 BET Awards

The star-studded event featured performances from Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and ESSENCE Fest headliner Kendrick Lamar. In addition, Ciara, Jason Derulo and newcomer Tinashe paid tribute to Janet Jackson, who received the 'Ultimate Icon' award. Check out photos from the dazzling show and red carpet.

ESSENCE.COM Jun, 28, 2015

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Kelly Rowland attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Zendaya attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Gabrielle Union attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Brandy attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Janelle Monae attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Monica attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe attend the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Co-host Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Anthony Anderson attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Jazmine Sullivan attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Justine Skye attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Michelle Williams attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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La La attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Naturi Naughton attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Sanaa Lathan attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Laverne Cox and TV personality B. Scott attend the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Letoya Luckett attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Tinashe attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Christina Milian attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

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Jay Ellis attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Shaun Robinson attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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DeJ Loaf attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson speak onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Tamar Braxton, Patti LaBelle and K. Michelle perform onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Diddy and Lil' Kim perform onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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ESSENCE FEST headliner Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Ciara performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Honoree Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.