WATCH: Performances from the 2013 Black Girls Rock

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Last night, BET presented the 2013 Black Girls Rock awards ceremony, honoring black women in all fields for their extraordinary contributions to their respective fields,  and to the world. It’s an annual opportunity to recognize the best of the best when it comes to strong black women, and the honors are typically accompanied by musical performances from today’s leading female artists. This year’s event was hosted by the lovely Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross. If you missed it last night, be sure to watch all the performances below:

Janelle Monae opened the show with her groovy new single Electric Lady. Backed by her full band, the funky diva rocked the crowd with an amazing and energetic performance from her new album!

Jennifer Hudson performed a new single, I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel), presumably from her forthcoming album. JHud broke into some choreography and folks seem to have mixed reactions about it. Personally, I thought she looked great but the focus on the choreography seemed to hinder her vocals only slightly.

Kelly Rowland had easily one of the best performances last night. Triple threat – she looked good, she sounded good, and she brought some friends along. Rowland was joined onstage by Sevyn Streeter and the pitbull-in-a-skirt rapper Eve. The three ladies performed Kelly’s latest single Gone from her newest album Talk A Good Game, in stores now.

Nothing but utmost and undying respect for Miss Patti LaBelle! She was honored last night, receiving the Living Legend award for her contributions to music and the advancement of black women in general. Patti brought the house to their feet with her performance of her classic You Are My Friend.

Ledisi’s performance promised to present her “like you’ve never seen her before” and indeed, it did just that. Sporting a sexier look and some cranked up choreography, Ledisi belted out her hit I Blame You in a style that reminded me of a late-90′s performance from the likes of Toni Braxton. It was good to see a fresher, more vibrant side of Ledisi.

Amber Riley – I Am Woman – The big voice of Fox’s GLEE contributed her huge voice to this year’s Black Girls Rock!, performing a rendition of the popular tune I Am Woman with her signature big vocals.

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