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The Most Memorable BET Awards Performances

It's that time of the year again. The 2013 BET Awards are set to shine today (June 30) and you don't want to miss it. While we prepare for funny man Chris Tucker to make us laugh, and Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Miguel and Chris Brown and  to have us on our feet, we take a look back at some of BET's most memorable award show performances. — Terry Carter

Flip through the gallery to relive the moments.

1. James Brown & Michael Jackson Perform Together

Award Show: 2003

Two iconic performers + one stage = Epicness.

2. Destiny's Child Lapdance

Award Show: 2005

How does it feel to get a sexy lap dance from the women of Destiny's Child? The look on Terrence Howard's face explains it all. Press Play.

3. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z "Crazy In Love"

Award Show: 2003

The moment she became Queen Bey.

4. Kanye West featuring Yolanda Adams "Jesus Walks"

Award Show: 2004

Rap meets gospel. Praise Yeezus.

5. Chris Brown Michael Jackson Tribute

Award Show: 2010

Chris Brown was brought to tears by the end of this emotional tribute to his idol.

6. Kelly Rowland "Motivation" (with Trey Songz)

Award Show: 2011

Two of the hottest R&B singers scorched the stage.

7. Brandy Whitney Houston Tribute

Award Show: 2012

R&B singer Brandy pays a tribute to her late idol Whitney.


8. Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj

Award Show: 2010

The infamous Diddy bop and Nicki Minaj's ass-ets made this performance noteworthy.

9. MoNique "Crazy In Love"

Award Show: 2004

Mo'Nique put it down for the curvaceous and bootylicious women everywhere.

10. Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holiday Duet

Award Show: 2009

Now THIS was a duet.


11. The Fugees Reunite

Award Show: 2005

The most anticipated reunion in years finally happened. Thanks BET.


12. Rick James & Tina Marie

Award Show: 2004

Rest In Peace to both of these great artists. Relive their chemistry below.


13. Chris Brown "Take You Down" (with Ciara)

Award Show: 2008

Maybe this steamy performance was the beginning of the Rihanna vs Ciara beef?


14. Mary J Blige featuring Ja Rule "Rainy Dayz"

Award Show: 2004

Mary J. and Ja Rule baptized the audience with their testimony.

15. 50 Cent/G-Unit Takeover

Award Show: 2003

50 Cent proved why he was the Rap King of '03.


16. Jay-Z "99 Problems"

Award Show: 2004

Jay-Z rocking out with Kid Rock? What's better than that?


17. Usher  "Yeah" & "Let It Burn"

Award Show: 2004

Usher brought his celebrity friends Ludacris and Lil Jon to turn things up.


18.  John Legend featuring Stevie Wonder "Ordinary People"

Award Show: 2005

He was only just a newcomer but John Legend crooned note for note with another legend, Mr. Stevie Wonder.

19. Busta Rhymes "Touch It" Remix 

Award Show: 2006

Only Busta could fit all these rappers into one set in under 7 minutes. Click play to see who makes an appearance.


20. Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh

Award Show: 2004

These hip-hop Legends graced the stage to remind the new generation where it all began.

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