The BET Awards touched down at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles June 24, 2004 with an explosion. The hysterical Mo’Nique returned for a second time, with an opening act that could not be topped. From the moment the Mistress of Ceremonies performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” to a cheering audience, the show rocked from start to finish.
The Isley Brothers received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Iconic actor Danny Glover was awarded the Humanitarian Award. The energy was electric when Usher performed “Yeah!” Rick James and Teena Marie slowed it down in a big way with “Fire & Desire.” Then Jay-Z rocked out to “99 Problems” with Sheila E. and The Roots.
Kanye West and Yolanda Adams took everyone to church with a show-stopping, white-clad performance of “Jesus Walks,” who later took home the Best New Artist award and the Best Gospel award respectively. The night continued to awe with a performance and tribute to 25 years of hip hop with some of the most beloved MC’s on one stage together.
The show was filled with expected winners, such as Beyoncé, Usher and Outkast, with newcomer LeBron James winning that year’s Male Athlete of the Year award. It was a golden night for everyone who saw MC Lyte, Female Athlete of the Year winner Serena Williams and Halle Berry all on the same stage, all in one night.