Music Matters at BET Experience 2014 Highlights

Elle Varner, Mack Wilds, Lecrae and even Ma$e hit the stage.

Music Matters at BET Experience - Once again, the BET Experience not only brought the hottest music icons, it also showcased the future legends on their way to stardom. And the place to witness this was the Music Matters showcase stage, which featured artists we all need to keep our eye on. From Mack Wilds to Sevyn Streeter and Roman GianArthur, the best of the up-and-comers rocked the Los Angeles Convention Center. Take a look at who graced the Music Matters stage this year.  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Music Matters at BET Experience - Once again, the BET Experience not only brought the hottest music icons, it also showcased the future legends on their way to stardom. And the place to witness this was the Music Matters showcase stage, which featured artists we all need to keep our eye on. From Mack Wilds to Sevyn Streeter and Roman GianArthur, the best of the up-and-comers rocked the Los Angeles Convention Center. Take a look at who graced the Music Matters stage this year.  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Setting the Mood - Singer Karina Pasian kicked off the action on the Music Matters stage, performing her melifluous song "Masterpiece." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Setting the Mood - Singer Karina Pasian kicked off the action on the Music Matters stage, performing her melifluous song "Masterpiece." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

A Lifetime of Influences - The New York born chanteuse explained who her biggest musical influences are. "Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. I love Esperanza Spalding and John Mayer.” And all her idols were present in the music as Karina Pasian wowed the audience with her buzzworthy single "Lately."   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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A Lifetime of Influences - The New York born chanteuse explained who her biggest musical influences are. "Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. I love Esperanza Spalding and John Mayer.” And all her idols were present in the music as Karina Pasian wowed the audience with her buzzworthy single "Lately." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Let the Groove Get In - Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger brought sexy to the Music Matters stage, rocking the crowd with his single "9 Lives." When it comes to music-making, Bellinger is all about the spirit. ?I write songs behind the microphone," he explained about his songwriting process. "First thing that comes to my head, I?m already recording. What I feel, that?s what I go with.?   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Let the Groove Get In - Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger brought sexy to the Music Matters stage, rocking the crowd with his single "9 Lives." When it comes to music-making, Bellinger is all about the spirit. “I write songs behind the microphone," he explained about his songwriting process. "First thing that comes to my head, I’m already recording. What I feel, that’s what I go with.” (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

A Crowd Pleaser - Eric Bellinger made the trip worthwhile for the audience that packed into the Los Angeles Convention Center to see the Music Matters showcase. He had a majority of those in attendance singing along to his hit single "I Don't Want Her."  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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A Crowd Pleaser - Eric Bellinger made the trip worthwhile for the audience that packed into the Los Angeles Convention Center to see the Music Matters showcase. He had a majority of those in attendance singing along to his hit single "I Don't Want Her." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Special Occassion - Those looking for the BET Experience got that and then some from Eric Bellinger. The crooner bought out rapper Ma$e to perfom his tune "Nothing," which features Bellinger.(Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Special Occassion - Those looking for the BET Experience got that and then some from Eric Bellinger. The crooner bought out rapper Ma$e to perfom his tune "Nothing," which features Bellinger.(Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Feel So Good - Its not often that you get to see Ma$e grace a stage. Understanding the impact of the moment, the Harlem rapper shared a solo rhyme and spent some time chatting with fans. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Feel So Good - Its not often that you get to see Ma$e grace a stage. Understanding the impact of the moment, the Harlem rapper shared a solo rhyme and spent some time chatting with fans. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Jack of All Trades - There is not much Rico Love can't do in a studio. The producer, songwriter, singer and rapper even proved that his talents extend to the stage. Love commanded the audience's attention with his arsenal of genre diverse songs.    (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Jack of All Trades - There is not much Rico Love can't do in a studio. The producer, songwriter, singer and rapper even proved that his talents extend to the stage. Love commanded the audience's attention with his arsenal of genre diverse songs. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Shaping the Hits - When it comes to crafting his songs, Rico is an artist who goes on more than instinct. "I just go in my mind and let the beat follow me," he confessed. "I don?t really edit myself. I?m real honest with myself when I?m in the studio.?  Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Shaping the Hits - When it comes to crafting his songs, Rico is an artist who goes on more than instinct. "I just go in my mind and let the beat follow me," he confessed. "I don’t really edit myself. I’m real honest with myself when I’m in the studio.” Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

It's Like That - For his final?, the singer-songwriter, who says his dream collaborator would be Michael Jackson, took the audience home with a crowd-moving rendition of "Be Like." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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It's Like That - For his finalé, the singer-songwriter, who says his dream collaborator would be Michael Jackson, took the audience home with a crowd-moving rendition of "Be Like." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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A Story to Tell - The music especially mattered when singer Mack Wilds stomped to the center of the stage ready to rock tunes off his debut LP, New York: A Love Story.   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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A Story to Tell - The music especially mattered when singer Mack Wilds stomped to the center of the stage ready to rock tunes off his debut LP, New York: A Love Story.  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

All Eyes on Me - While he has firmly established himself in music, Wilds, a former star of the HBO hit series The Wire, often likes to pay homage to the ultimate double threat hip hop entertainer, Tupac. After the young singer performed to Pac's "California Love" he talked to BET.com about the personal highs of acting and music. "Performing music is the more instant gratification. With acting, it?s afterwards when people express how they feel about your acting."  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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All Eyes on Me - While he has firmly established himself in music, Wilds, a former star of the HBO hit series The Wire, often likes to pay homage to the ultimate double threat hip hop entertainer, Tupac. After the young singer performed to Pac's "California Love" he talked to BET.com about the personal highs of acting and music. "Performing music is the more instant gratification. With acting, it’s afterwards when people express how they feel about your acting." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Pay Homage to the King - A few days removed from the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, Wilds paid homage to the King of Pop with a stirring, swag-filled interpretation of Jackson's classic "Remember the Time."   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Pay Homage to the King - A few days removed from the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, Wilds paid homage to the King of Pop with a stirring, swag-filled interpretation of Jackson's classic "Remember the Time." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Happy-Go-Lucky Girl - The ladies in the audience had their moment when Sevyn performed her bad romance anthem "B.A.N.S." The mid-tempo cut about a cheating boyfriend is just one of the songs she uses to connect with her growning fanbase. Sevyn admits her Jackson Pollock approach to writing her tracks has been a winning formula. "I just have fun and throw s--t against the wall and see if it sticks," she told BET.com.  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Happy-Go-Lucky Girl - The ladies in the audience had their moment when Sevyn performed her bad romance anthem "B.A.N.S." The mid-tempo cut about a cheating boyfriend is just one of the songs she uses to connect with her growning fanbase. Sevyn admits her Jackson Pollock approach to writing her tracks has been a winning formula. "I just have fun and throw s--t against the wall and see if it sticks," she told BET.com. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Streets Are Talking - Singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter brought the star power to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the BET Experience, jumpstarting her set with the sexy cut "I Like It."   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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Streets Are Talking - Singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter brought the star power to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the BET Experience, jumpstarting her set with the sexy cut "I Like It."   (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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And It Don't Stop - Sevyn left the Music Matters audience wanting more as she finished out her stage show with her cuts "Next" and "It Won't Stop."  (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

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And It Don't Stop - Sevyn left the Music Matters audience wanting more as she finished out her stage show with her cuts "Next" and "It Won't Stop." (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for BET)

Soul Stirring - This ethereal soul singer and his more-than-able band has been pushing the barriers of R&B with their acoustic sets and show-stopping musicianship. Hitting the Music Matters stage, Roman awed the crowd with a bluesy and spirited rendition of Stevie Woder's "Superstition."  (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Soul Stirring - This ethereal soul singer and his more-than-able band has been pushing the barriers of R&B with their acoustic sets and show-stopping musicianship. Hitting the Music Matters stage, Roman awed the crowd with a bluesy and spirited rendition of Stevie Woder's "Superstition." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

The Road Less Traveled - "Piano is my first instrument," Roman told BET.com when explaining his choice of acoustic over synthesized sounds. "I picked up a guitar a few years ago and I just write what inspires me." Afterward, the singer blessed the crowd, performing the track "I-69." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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The Road Less Traveled - "Piano is my first instrument," Roman told BET.com when explaining his choice of acoustic over synthesized sounds. "I picked up a guitar a few years ago and I just write what inspires me." Afterward, the singer blessed the crowd, performing the track "I-69." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

That Old Thing Back - Ending his show with the cut "Love's Not So Hard to Find," Roman let folks know how he's bringing the natural sound of R&B back to the people.   (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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That Old Thing Back - Ending his show with the cut "Love's Not So Hard to Find," Roman let folks know how he's bringing the natural sound of R&B back to the people.  (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

More Than a Bad Girl - While most people in the crowd know her as the girl who sang on Wale's hit single "Bad," Tiara Thomas turned some heads at the Los Angeles Convention Center with her eclectic sound.  (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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More Than a Bad Girl - While most people in the crowd know her as the girl who sang on Wale's hit single "Bad," Tiara Thomas turned some heads at the Los Angeles Convention Center with her eclectic sound. (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Something Special - Showing off her vocal skills, Tiara flexed a take-notice performance of her sultry single "Tell Me Something" for the crowd at the BET Experience.(Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Something Special - Showing off her vocal skills, Tiara flexed a take-notice performance of her sultry single "Tell Me Something" for the crowd at the BET Experience.(Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

In Need of Rescue - At a time when Black urban centers are in crisis with gun violence, gospel hip hop star Lecrae gave praise to a higher power through his hit track "Mayday."  (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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In Need of Rescue - At a time when Black urban centers are in crisis with gun violence, gospel hip hop star Lecrae gave praise to a higher power through his hit track "Mayday." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

Lecrae Drops New Track - Grammy Award-winning artist Lecrae dropped the single "Nuthin" from his upcoming album, Anomaly. On the song, Lecrae calls out the copycat state of hip hop and expressed that most artists are not true to the lifestyle they rap about. Anomaly is set for release in August. (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Giving Testimony - Lecrae bared his soul for the Music Matters showcase when he gave this heartfelt performance of the cut "Confessions." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

Caring and Sharing - After opening the show with her hit "Refill," Elle Varner ran through other joints from her repertoire, like the swagger-licious tune "I Don't Care."    (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Caring and Sharing - After opening the show with her hit "Refill," Elle Varner ran through other joints from her repertoire, like the swagger-licious tune "I Don't Care."  (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

Giving It Up for the Fans - Grabbing her acoustic six-string, Elle hit the crowd with a soulful rendition of her hit "Only Wanna Give It to You."   (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)

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Giving It Up for the Fans - Grabbing her acoustic six-string, Elle hit the crowd with a soulful rendition of her hit "Only Wanna Give It to You." (Photo: Ben Horton/Getty Images for BET)