BET Awards 2014: Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, and More Play It Safe and Sexy on the Red Carpet

In case you were too busy gearing up for you four-day work week and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday to notice, the 2014 BET Awards took place Sunday night. Hosted by funny man Chris Rock, the annual awards show was filled with laughs, amazing performances, and appearances by some pretty high-profile celebrities (Kerry Washington, anyone?). But let's be honest: The real action went down not on stage, but on the evening's red carpet. Filled with both sweet and sexy ensembles (oh, and a fair share of meme-worthy looks, too), the stars were dressed to impress in a lineup of tame and revealing numbers that you won't soon forget. Click through to see the safest and sexiest looks of the evening.

Safe: Kerry Washington

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Making only her second post-baby appearance, the Scandal star looked flawless (as always) in a darling floral-print, strapless dress, which she paired with bouncy waves and chic white pumps.

Sexy: Zendaya Coleman

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What do you get when you cross a flat-billed hat and bomber jacket with a thigh-high slit and barely-there bralette? A tomboyish look that screams smoking hot, too.

Safe: Gabrielle Union

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Aside from the little peek of skin between her dramatic slit and thigh-high boots, the actress kept it casual-cool in her draped black and white number.

Sexy: Ashanti

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The singer was all about showing off her assets in this plunging, cutout, white lace number, which she completed with nothing but a pair of gold-trimmed heels.

Safe: Tamara Mowry

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Snakeskin print and zipper details weren’t enough to take this basic look from classy to over-the-top sexy.

Sexy: Keke Palmer

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Taking a note from Kendall Jenner’s look at the Much Music Awards, Palmer let her hips do the talking, thanks to this structured, gilded, and crazily cutout number.

Safe: Michelle Williams

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The former Destiny’s Child star kept it nothing but classy in her gorgeous teal gown, which showed subtle glimpses of skin with its tasteful slit and cutout neckline.

Sexy: Paris Hilton

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Not that this is the most revealing thing we’ve seen Hilton wear (by a long shot), but there’s no denying that its ample cutouts make for one seductive look.

Safe: Amber Rose

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It’s not that often that we get to see Rose all covered up like this, but it’s so surprisingly beautiful that it’s the only thing I want to see from now on.

Sexy: Tatyana Ali

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In a style similar to Ashanti’s and Paris Hilton’s, Ali went the cleavage-baring route with her keyhole cutout, mermaid gown.

Safe: Lolo Jones

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On any other occasion, a crop top may fall into the sexy category, but paired with a high-waist pencil skirt, the printed look is almost tame.

Sexy: Faith Evans

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A wrapped blazer dress may sound pretty covered up, but that’s until you throw the cleavage-enhancing, lacy black bra into the mix.

Safe: Lil' Mama

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The rapper popped onto the scene looking stunning and sleek in her structured, strapless mini dress and minimalist sandals.

Sexy: Angela Simmons

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A little leather + a lot of skin = one super-sultry look.

Safe: Jeannie Mai

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Going for a cowl-neck, quilted-leather mini dress, the TV personality looked as well-dressed and perfectly accessorized as always with her strappy heels and double cuff bracelets.

Sexy: Claudia Jordan

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Jordan stunned in this high-slit, low-plunging yellow gown (though I’ve only got eyes for that killer necklace).