), holding hands and sharing a few kisses throughout the evening.
Davis later brought out Judy Collins to serenade the crowd with “Both Sides, Now,” the Mitchell-penned 1967 classic that made both women famous.
Otherwise, the event was as starry as ever, featuring a who’s-who guest list with notables from the worlds of music (Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Max Martin, Metallica, Sean Combs, Russell Simmons, Lorde), film (Michael Keaton, Jane Fonda, Jeremy Renner, Brian Grazer), TV (Les Moonves, Lena Dunham), tech (Apple’s Tim Cook and Eddy Cue), and sports (Gabby Douglas, Martina Navratilova). After Bell Biv Devoe ran through “Poison” to kick off the evening, Davis was introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who quoted both John Adams and Tom Petty in her remarks, and drew some rueful laughs when she asked: “Did everyone see those photos of President Obama kite-surfing?
Johnson takes the title of Chairman, with plans to retire from the company he founded in 1980 by January 2006.
Lee will assume the title of Chairman and CEO following Johnson's retirement next year.
"I could not have chosen a better chief executive and outstanding leader to succeed me at BET than Debra Lee, and that's what makes this announcement so important to me and positive for BET's future," said Johnson.
"Few executives in this industry have exhibited the ability to manage a unique growth company and shown the commitment to building a successful brand the way Debra has in her 19 years at BET.
Lorde was at the same table with Diplo, Lena Dunham and her boyfriend Jack Antonoff.
Jared Leto almost went unrecognized in a wool hat and oversized denim jacket.
With nearly two decades of experience building a strong relationship with the African-American audience, I look forward to watching Debra make her mark and build on the great legacy of BET." "When you've dedicated yourself to a mission like I have since coming to BET, it's truly gratifying when leaders the caliber of Bob Johnson and Tom Freston express without hesitation their utmost confidence in your ability," said Lee, whose new title until Johnson's retirement will be President and CEO.