By Jessica Goodman
Updated June 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The 15th annual BET Awards were a total treat on Sunday night, with a special tribute to Janet Jackson, a Bad Boy Records reunion, and show-stopping performances from Kendrick Lamar and the Empire cast. From Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech (hi, Mama Minaj!) to the Black-ish guest spots, here are the highlights from this year’s awards.

Kendrick Lamar’s performance of “Alright”

Kendrick Lamar opened the show with one of the best televised performances of his career. Playing “Alright,” he stood on a cop car as the American flag flew behind him. Red, white and blue lights flashed and he reassured the crowd, “We gon’ be alright.”

Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson

So, should we start a petition to get the Black-ish stars to host every awards show from now on or what?

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Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech

Nicki Minaj won best female rap artist for the sixth year in a row, and this year she brought out her mom on stage for her acceptance speech. “It’s the first time the world’s going to see her,” Minaj said as she thanked her mother. She also paid it forward to fellow nominee and future household name, Dej Loaf, who will be joining Minaj’s tour. Oh, and she called out “my baby” Meek Mill.