BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards Wows With Performances By Ciara, Brandy, Alicia Keys And Surprise Guest Missy Elliott

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Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond created magic when the former DJ started BGR to inspire young girls of color. What started out as a non-profit for youth empowerment and mentoring, while also promoting positive images of black women in the media, has expanded into an annual BET awards ceremony honoring black women in arts, entertainment, education and other fields who are using their gifts to change the world. This year’s seventh annual star-studded event held at Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY was hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King–whose wardrobe changes gave us life!

Aside from actress Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae being among the list of women honored, the night wouldn’t have been the same without musical performances from black girls who rock. Award recipient Alicia Keys also performed her latest single “Girl On Fire.” Keyshia Cole sounded great during her soulful ballad “Trust and Believe.” Brandy‘s “Wildest Dreams” resulted in simultaneous head nods. The most surprising performance of the night was Ciara’s surprise guest. After performing “Sorry,” solo, the shocked crowd leaped to their feet when Missy Elliott joined her for “1,2 Step.” Of course Missy would be met with a standing ovation. It’s only right.

It feels so good to see women empowering and uplifting one another for all with a television (and cable) to see. Rock on with your bad selves, ladies! Check out our gallery of the fabulous women who attended BGR.

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