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Watch: BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock!’ 2013 – Performances

Published: Monday 4th Nov 2013 by Rashad
Tonight marked the return of BET’s highly anticipated ode to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock’.

Much like its ‘BET Honors’ counterpart, the event is set to showcase some of music’s best and brightest performers to serenade and shine light on women of color who have made impacts on and in their respective personal and professional communities.

Airing moments ago, the Tracee Ellis Ross / Regina King hosted showing honored actress the legendary Patti Labelle, Mara Brock Akil, Queen Latifah, and many more

Featuring stage-blazing performances from the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Sevyn Streeter, and more, tuck in below to see the highlights from one of entertainment’s biggest nights:

Jennifer Hudson

Patti Labelle

Janelle Monae

Kelly Rowland ft. Sevyn Streeter & Eve

Ledisi

Alice Smith

Amber Riley

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  1. Stephy Tha Lambily November 4, 2013

    BLACK WOMEN AGES SO GREAT

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  2. Stephy Tha Lambily November 4, 2013

    Patti Labelle Is Such A Pure & Truthful LEGEND OF EVERY SINCE OF THAT WORD… SHE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGERS OF ALL TIME!!!

  3. Molly November 4, 2013

    Kelly got outshined by Sevyn kiiiii.

    • Quan November 4, 2013

      not at all. You cleary have to be a hater to state such a dumbass comment.

    • Joe Reiss November 4, 2013

      Kelly made Sevyn look like she won a fan contest to perform with kelly. It was kelly’s song and not a good arrangement for Sevyn at all. Especially her lil dance segment… both of their dance segments were lack luster but Kelly definitely won this one… was a boring performance anyway. Was just fun looking at BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL KELLY!!! She’s even more beautiful in person.

    • Jaiyah November 4, 2013

      Yeah I feel what you’re saying. This was more like an introduction to Sevyn’s career. She just came on the scene and is already going on tour with K Michelle who also just came on the scene, it might not be a big tour but it’s still something. I feel like Kelly should have done more with her own music career instead of helping others get started with that x factor bulls–t. Kelly should have been headlining her own tour by now.

      • Beyond Amazing (Cause Bey really is!) November 4, 2013

        Exactly, shes been in the game for 15 or 16 years and she hasn’t even headlined a tour of her own. That’s a huge slap in the face when you have the likes of someone who started off on a reality show and in the last 2 years or so shes headlining her own tour. But hey, oh well. Kelly could be sooo much more. But she has to want to put in the work.

  4. FutureCIARA November 4, 2013

    Kelly turnt that performance!

    She’s really the only person I saw.

  5. tits mcgee November 4, 2013

    patti and janelle were amazing! everyone else was ok.

    side note: i almost fell out my chair when queen patti checked queen mariah and had mariah hold her award. patti was like ‘oh you hurt your arm , hold this! lol #divalicious

  6. Lebo(CaribbeanBOi) November 4, 2013

    MS KELLY PUT IT DOWN .. #SHEDIDTHAT

  7. Quan November 4, 2013

    I am just so porud how Kelly has blossmed and blazed her own lane. Say what you will but the woman will have longevity in this business. She is a child of Destiny, so she has that hustler spirit. Each performance gets better and better. Not only did she solidify herself last night, but she opened the door for an upcoming artist (who help write the song). That is true sisterhood. I am so proud of her. The performance was s***, was smooth and she proved she has TALENT and is beautiful inside and out.

    Now roll out the damn promotion for GONE Miss ROWLAND!

  8. xedos November 4, 2013

    Damn Kelly put it down. All the ladies did great but kelly has something special.

  9. Mary Mary Why You Buggin’ November 4, 2013

    I liked all of the performances. So good to see Alice Smith–new album is amazing!

    But Kelly Rowland was the clear highlight for me. Fantastic!

  10. pattistan November 4, 2013

    kelly aint gonna promote no more lol

  11. RICHIE_RICH November 4, 2013

    Yesss the Black Girls ROCK

  12. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) November 4, 2013

    Yesssss! This is the Kelly I want to see more of. Vocals were great and she’s finally doing a little dancing. More of this please! I enjoyed Ledisi’s performance too.

    • Joe Reiss November 4, 2013

      Though substantially better than most of her performances, Sad thing is that this is not a performance you expect from a veteran u know. Kelly needs to work harder on her performances.

      • Black Barbie November 4, 2013

        Oh shut up..what more do you want..back flips and tumbles..this performance was AMAZING…From the entrance to incorporating Regina & Tracee within the performance & creating a platform for Sevyn..Kelly did her thing!! I swear you guys always dis-credit Kelly for no reason..have a seat and enjoy the show

  13. Lovebird (Britney Jean – 03.12.13) November 4, 2013

    Where is Drake’s performance?

  14. Chillin November 4, 2013

    I enjoyed everyone…Ledisi had an amazing performance..But KELLY ROWLAND was a show stopper..she showed us why she is still relevant in 2013..SUPERB performance mama..You gave us what we know you had..Im here for this remix too!!!

  15. JOHNVIDAL November 4, 2013

    Janelle is so amazing! Top 5 albums of the year for damn sure. Rest of the girls can´t even compare when it comes to artistry-musicanship.

  16. HOWYOULIKEIT November 4, 2013

    See Mrs Patti slay all those girls at more than 60 yo.

  17. Corell November 4, 2013

    Kelly performance by far the best of the night. A lot of people discredit Kelly for no reason. Give credit where credit due. I seen a lot of lackluster performances by Kelly and I’m her number 1 Fan but that performance of her was good. Kelly own that stage and that night. Love Kelly!

  18. Realest November 4, 2013

    Dont get me WRONG i LOVE KELLY ROWLAND all day, everyday since No, No, No Part 1… But all y’all here commenting on how she slayed and this and that show me you have por, poor taste/knowledge of music. Yes her performance was cute but did you not see Patti labelle? Amber Riley? Ledisi? They were all vocally much much much more inspiring than Kelly. I mean her dancing and performance was cute but the vocals were shaky as F**K!!! Stop reaching and acting like it was so epic. I like when Kelly projects her voice more like when she SLAYED mariah careys tribute of “Fantasy” now thats a performance to boast about.

    • Mary Mary Why You Buggin’ November 4, 2013

      I seriously don’t think anyone would debate you who is the superior vocalist between Kelly and Ledisi. Ledisi is a vocal GIANT. It’s Patti’s night. She’s receiving a Legend’s award. People saying they enjoyed Kelly’s performance are not discounting Patti. Patti has been slaying for 50 years!

      In terms of the overall performances of Janelle, Amber, Alice, Jennifer and Ledisi, I simply enjoyed Kelly the most. On a different night, it could be someone else.

  19. Deena November 4, 2013

    No one said that Kelly’s vocals was some Whitney Houston I believe in miracles type stuff.
    The reason most credit Kelly as the best of the night is simply Because she made it look
    Like it was her show, like she was either the main focus or tribute artist. Just off the crowd participating
    It look it was her show and it was all around entertaining. And very well put together.

    It’s not mathematics its quite simple.

  20. Tamar November 4, 2013

    Kelly has weak shaky vocals. Ledisi was the best

  21. yo! November 4, 2013

    Was ledisi walking up and down isles, Popping a squat with actresses and doing choreo..
    Ok then

  22. Jarboo November 4, 2013

    U so gotsta love Kelly Rowland, u surely gotsta love this woman… Wow! Best performance of the night… #Gone

  23. cocobutta November 4, 2013

    Pattiiiiiiii YES grandma Rocks!!!

    KELLY, SEVYN, & EVE!!! Very good to watch. I want that remix and I want her to promote this song and do a video where ALL of them are in it with Wiz as well..

    Very much enjoyed that performance 🙂

    Ledisi I love her Chaka Khan influenced voice ans she always give it LIVE!

  24. Steph November 4, 2013

    Kelly worked the corridor,aisles,chairs, stage and balcony! WOW!!!!! Ms. Rowland KILLED IT! LOL Loved jhud too, but Kelly gave me life!

  25. PlumPeach November 5, 2013

    Very decent show. Kelly & co did great J. hud looks fab,
    Patti slays her aged vocals, Janelle is excellent.
    Ledisi cool and Amber errrm ok.

  26. cb November 6, 2013

    ALICE SMITH. SHOWED UP. SHOWED OUT. *bangs gavel*

    • MrsYoung02 November 8, 2013

      I agree with you Alice Smith was superb. She sang that song with so much passion and enthusiasm. I was truly impressed, she has gained a new loyal fan!

  27. Slayonce November 7, 2013

    Kelly dancing and popping her puss for theee gawds

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