BET Awards 2014 Winner's List: Pharrell Williams and Beyonce Won Best Artist Awards
Pharrell Williams accepts the award for best male R&B/pop artist during the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Reuters

BET Awards 2014, which celebrates excellence of black musicians, actors and athletes, was held at the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles on Sunday.

Comedian/actor Chris Rock hosted the glittering awards ceremony and welcomed audience to 'the black World Cup'.

Rock was at his wittiest best when he mentioned the infamous elevator incident of Jay Z and Solange Knowles and Dr. Dre's $3-billion Beats deal with Apple.

"Now let me get this straight: An 83-year-old white man doesn't like black people. Is that news? First of all, a black man couldn't look him in the eye until he was 45. The first black person he even met he got for Christmas," Rock told the audience.

The star-studded night was dominated by 'Happy' Pharrell Williams's stupendous performance of his latest song Come Get It Bae.

Hip hop queen Nicki Minaj rocked the stage with her electrifying performance to her song Pills N Potions.

Soul singer Lionel Richie, 65, was honoured with the lifetime achievement award for his outstanding musical journey as part of Motown group The Commodores.

BET Awards 2014 Winner's List: Pharrell Williams and Beyonce Won Best Artist Awards
Lionel Richie accepts the lifetime achievement award during the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California Reuters

"Soul is a feeling, not a color. Talent is a god given gift and not a category, and out of the box is the magical place where true talent goes to thrive and breathe," Richie said in his award acceptance speech.

Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj received two awards each at the Black Entertainment Television awards night.

Complete List of Winners

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Pharrell Williams

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Movie: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o

Best Group: Young Money

Video of the Year: Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams

Best Collaboration: Beyonce featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"

YoungStars Award: Keke Palmer

Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann

Best New Artist: August Alsina

Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award: August Alsina