By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Ciara brought out Nicki Minaj for an assist on their collaboration “I’m Out” on the 2013 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 30). In printed pants and a see-through button down, Ciara gave a high-energy performance full of her trademark dance moves and chiseled abs. The singer then turned up the sexy with her “Body Party.”
“My body is your party, baby” she cooed, the lights turned down low. CiCi’s real-life boo, Future, was rumored to join her, but was a no-show.
Fans were wowed by Ciara’s sexy performance. “Wow. @ciara killlllllleeeddddd that stage!” said Gabriel of Stuff Fly People Like. XO Dimps said, “Best performance was Ciara tonight hands down” while PFMJ Benzo joked, “Ciara just raised my requirements for my next girlfriend good luck.”
Ciara was just one of the buzzy performances of the 2013 BET Awards. Earlier, Justin Timberlake surprised everyone by taking the stage with Pharrell and Snoop Lion to pay honor to Charlie Wilson. Indie Arie also paid musical tribute to the singer affectionately known as “Uncle Charlie.”
From this days in The Gap Band to his appearance on Yeezus, Charlie Wilson has had a multi-decade long career in R&B. India sang “There Goes My Baby” while Jamie Foxx grabbed the mic for “Yearning For Your Love.” Fellow legend Stevie Wonder took the stage for the classic “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” while Snoop Lion and Pharrell kept it hip-hop with the summery “Beautiful,” a song which introduced Charlie to many young fans.
Other big winners at the BET Awards included Kendrick Lamar, who took home Best New Artist, and Nicki Minaj who breezed through the Best Female Hip-Hop category.