Charlie Wilson had one excited background singer and dancer supporting him: Justin Timberlake.
The pop star took a backseat to the soul singer at Sunday’s BET Awards, joining Wilson onstage for an energetic medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.
Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie also were part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
Wilson’s lively stage presence was arguably the night’s top moment.
Nicki Minaj picked up her fourth-consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist.
Mariah Carey belted her latest hit, “#Beautiful,” with help from Miguel and Young Jeezy, and an excited R. Kelly sang snippets of a dozen of his hits. An energetic Robin Thicke was joined by Pharrell and T.I. when he sang his international No. 1 hit “Blurred Lines.”
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.
Don Cheadle presented Miguel with the award, and dedicated the night to Nelson Mandela.
Jamie Foxx, wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Trayvon Martin, won best actor, and Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas won sportswoman of the year and the youngstars award.
Kendrick Lamar won best new artist and best male hip-hop artist.
He, along with 2 Chainz, are the second-most-nominated acts behind Drake, who was up for 12 honors.
Timberlake, Drake, Lamar, Rocky, Miguel and Rihanna were to compete for the fan-voted viewer’s choice award. Dwyane Wade, who recently won the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat, will receive the humanitarian award.