The 2005 BET Awards, hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, was jam-packed with performances, winners and laughter, courtesy of Hollywood’s hottest couple.
Although Jamie Foxx won the year’s Best Actor Award, Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta were honored with the Humanitarian Award. Best New Artist was soul crooner John Legend with Usher taking home the Best Male R&B Artist Award for the second time in a row.
Destiny’s Child reunited and won the Best Group Award, while pianist Alicia Keys accepted the Best Female R&B Award from presenters Terrence Howard and Eva Pigford. Surprise winners included Remy Ma, actress Regina King and former B2K member Omarion. Gladys Knight, the iconic “Midnight Train to Georgia” singer, deservedly received the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to dusting the dirt off her shoulders during a performance of her timeless hit "If I Were Your Woman.”
Continuing to awe the audience was the Fugees, who reunited for a standing-ovation performance of their classic records "Ready Or Not” and “Killing Me Softly." Destiny’s Child got things hot with “Cater to You” and John Legend and Stevie Wonder shared the stage with two pianos during a duet of “Ordinary People.” In addition to appearances by T.I., the Game and Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans and Toni Braxton paid tribute to Gladys Knight.