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Robin Thicke Made Yet Another Plea to Win His Wife Back

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Robin Thicke performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello—Chris Pizzello—Invision—AP

If at first you don't succeed, try again

Robin Thicke made yet another plea for his estranged wife Paula Patton during Sunday’s BET Awards, debuting a song from his upcoming album “Forever Love.”

Thicke’s plea could have been considered heartfelt, given the endless fog, breaks for tears, and the opening dedication “to my wife to say I miss you, and I’m sorry,” but the video for his single “Get Her Back” is still fresh.

Later in the evening, the “Blurred Lines” crooner turned king of sorry tweeted a picture of the couple back when they were still happy.

Keep trying, Robin. If all the singing doesn’t work, hopefully the sales from your strategically-named album, Paula, will be of comfort.

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Nicki Minaj at BET Awards: I Was Recently Near Death

Nicki Minaj accepts an award onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Nicki Minaj accepts an award onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk—Getty Images for BET

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself.

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself.

The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist, where she thanked Lil Wayne for his support, talked about writing her own lyrics and about getting the credit she deserves in the industry.

“The other day, literally I didn’t tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even want to call the ambulance because I thought, ‘Well if I call the ambulance, it’s going to be on TMZ,'” she said, as some of the audience laughed.

“And I would rather sit there and die,” she added, looking to the crowd. “And it made me realize I don’t care what anybody got to say. I’m going to do me.”

Minaj performed her latest single, “Pills N Potions,” and also won best group with her Young Money bandmates, which includes Lil Wayne and Drake.

A video of Beyonce and Jay Z performing “Partition” closed the BET Awards, which aired live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday.

Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” kept a smile on the musician’s face: The song won video of the year. His win for the top prize came in the second hour of the four-hour ceremony. Last year, the network didn’t announce the top award in the jam-packed show.

Pharrell thanked his family, fans who elevated the song to No. 1 and BET for its support.

“(BET) allows us as black people to be different and do what we do,” he told the crowd. “You guys keep the lights on for us.”

The multitalented Pharrell, who also won best male R&B/pop artist, kicked off the show with a playful performance of “Come Get It Bae” featuring the reclusive Missy Elliott. Host Chris Rock also succeeded with back-to-back jokes about Donald Sterling, the hit series “Scandal” and rapper Rick Ross, who he mentioned multiple times. He passed out food from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, playing off of Ellen DeGeneres pizza party at the Academy Awards.

It helped take attention away from a fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating the ceremony. One person was killed and five injured in separate incidents ahead of the show, Los Angeles police said. The events were “unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards,” BET said in a statement.

The death and four of the injuries followed gunfire early Sunday at a restaurant. Separately, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at a nightclub.

The show featured a medley of hits from Usher and Iggy Azalea performed her anthemic “Fancy,” which is spending its fifth week on top of the Billboard charts. Chris Brown sang and danced his signature moves to his latest Top 10 hit, “Loyal.” He sported a long plaid coat, and Lil Wayne and August Alsina also wore plaid-infused ensembles. The trend for women: skin tight white dresses.

Robin Thicke, who sang and played piano, dedicated his performance of “Forever Love” to his wife Paula Patton, whom he is separated from. He said “I miss you and I’m sorry” and the performance ended up with a photo of former couple.

John Legend sang his groove “You and I” and was joined by rising newcomer Jhene Aiko, who won over the crowd by singing “The Worst” as Legend played piano.

Alsina, also a rising star, was also a powerhouse with his vocals during his performance, which featured Brown and Trey Songz. Alsina was tearful when he won the night’s first award for best new artist.

“I represent the struggle,” the New Orleans newcomer said onstage. “This award is not for me, it’s for the people.”

When winning the viewer’s choice award, where he beat Beyonce and Drake, Alsina said: “I ain’t gon’ cry this time!”

Lionel Richie, the lifetime achievement award recipient, was serenaded by Legend, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams, who sang a rousing rendition of “Jesus Is Love.” She earned a standing ovation.

“I’m glad I sang the song first. Otherwise, I would not be here onstage,” Richie said, holding his award. He excitedly performed “Easy Like Sunday Morning” and “All Night Long (All Night).”

A tribute to 90s R&B was met with praise, too: Groups like Silk, Color Me Badd and Troop performed well-known jams that enticed the crowd.

The late icons Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee were remembered in words by Phylicia Rashad, who earned a stirring applause when she walked onstage.

Drake, Beyonce and Jay Z were top nominees with five each. Drake, who was originally set to perform, did not attend. He won best male hip-hop artist and Beyonce won female R&B/pop artist. Her hit with Jay Z, “Drunk In Love,” won best collaboration.

Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” was named best actress. Her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor won best actor and their movie won best film.

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Zendaya Will Not Play Aaliyah in TV Film Citing ‘Production’ Issues

Zendaya arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "Blended" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Hollywood.
Zendaya arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "Blended" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Hollywood. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in an upcoming film

(LOS ANGELES) — Dust yourself off and try again Lifetime Network: Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in an upcoming film.

The 17-year-old Disney Channel star said Sunday that she pulled out of the project because “production-wise, (it) wasn’t all the way there.”

“Because it’s someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself,” Zendaya said on her way into the BET Awards, where she’s up for the Young Stars award. “I didn’t feel like it was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.”

Lifetime announced Zendaya’s participation two weeks ago. The announcement sparked anger from Aaliyah’s family, who are not participating in the project.

The network tweeted Sunday: “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”

Others on social media suggested that another actress should play the late singer, who died in 2001 at age 22.

Zendaya defended winning the role in an interview with The Associated Press a day after the announcement. The 17-year-old said she wanted to show young people what Aaliyah was able to do.

“Of course it was hard” to pull out of the film, Zendaya said, “but again, I just think she deserves the world. She deserves something really, really incredible and so I would rather wait for that.”

The biopic was scheduled to film this summer.

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Pharrell, Host Chris Rock Kick Off BET Awards

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Pharrell Williams performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello—AP/Invision

Host Chris Rock was successful with back-to-back jokes, helping take attention away from a fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating the ceremony.

Pharrell kicked off the BET Awards on Sunday with a playful performance featuring the reclusive Missy Elliott and host Chris Rock was successful with back-to-back jokes, helping take attention away from a fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating the ceremony.

One person was killed and five injured in separate incidents ahead of the show at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles police said. The events were “unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards,” BET said in a statement.

The death and four of the injuries followed gunfire early Sunday at a restaurant, Officer Drake Madison said. Separately, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at a nightclub.

Rock didn’t mention the violence at the show that marks the best in black entertainment. He won over the audience with jokes about Donald Sterling, the hit series “Scandal” and rapper Rick Ross. He called the BET Awards the “black World Cup.”

On the red carpet, rapper Nelly said of the violence: “You can’t place (the blame) on BET.”

R&B singer Ne-Yo had not heard about the incidents until arriving at the show, but he said he doesn’t fear for his safety at industry parties and events.

“I feel like the energy I give off is the energy I get back, and I don’t give off that kind of energy,” he said.

As the show kicked off, a tearful August Alsina, nominated for four honors, won the night’s first award for best new artist.

“I represent the struggle,” the New Orleans newcomer said onstage. “This award is not for me, it’s for the people.”

Drake, Beyonce and JayZ are top nominees with five each. Drake, who was originally set to perform, will not attend, BET said Sunday. A representative for Beyonce also said the singer wouldn’t attend, and her husband’s rep wouldn’t divulge if Jay Z would be there or not. Their attendance had nothing to do with the violence at the weekend parties.

Drake didn’t attend last year’s show, where he won video of the year. This year, the 27-year-old rapper’s “Worst Behavior” is nominated for the top prize, competing with Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and “Partition,” as well as Pharrell’s “Happy” and Chris Brown’s “Fine China.”

Beyonce and JayZ launched a co-headlining stadium tour days ago. She is nominated for best female R&B/pop artist, with little competition aside from Rihanna, while her husband will battle Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Future for best male hip-hop artist.

Pharrell scored four nominations, including best male R&B/pop artist, best collaboration for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and the viewer’s choice award. Beyonce, Drake, Alsina and Jhene Aiko are also up for the fan-voted award.

Thicke, who is set to release his new album, “Paula” — an ode to his wife, Paula Patton, whom he is separated from — on Tuesday, will perform Sunday. Usher, Mary J. Blige and Iggy Azalea will also take the stage.

Minaj and Azalea — whose anthemic “Fancy” has spent its fifth week on top of the Billboard charts — will compete for best female hip-hop artist, an award Minaj has won consecutively for four years.

Lionel Richie will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the show, where presenters include Kerry Washington, Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union.

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