1. "They Did That" Performances
Singers Chris Brown, Usher, Melanie Fiona, rapper Kanye West are just some of the talented celebrities that hit the BET stage. All of them did commendable jobs but by far one of my FAVORITE acts was D'Angelo. It was his first performance in 10 years and even though there was more of him to love (i.e a little huskier) dude sounded like pure perfection. I mean it was unadulterated artistry at it's height. The singer began his set with "Untitled, How Does It Feel" and then performed a new song that had the celeb filled crowd ROCKING and dancing on their feet. Hotness!
2. Whitney Houston Tribute
|Cissy Houston onstage at the BET 2012 Awards|
BET outdid themselves with the wonderful and moving Whitney Houston tribute. The viewing audience had to wait over 3 hours to watch the performance but it was well worth the wait. Mariah Carey kicked it off by giving a speech in between fighting back tears saying she "missed her friend" and reminding us that "we will always have her music. Next up, came Monica and Brandy who both gave very different but exciting performances from Whitney's catalogue. There was not a dry eye in the house when Cissy Houston performed a stirring tribute of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The camera panned over to Beyonce and Soulja Boy and they both had tears streaming down their faces. It was so sad hearing Cissy pour her heart out in song, you could almost feel and hear her pain. Chaka Khan picked up everyone spirits though by closing off the tribute and performing "I'm Every Woman". Cant believe Whitney is gone, that tribute was truly fit for a queen. Rest in Peace Nippy!
3. Hollywood Husbands
Comedian Kevin Hart was back at it with his hilarious parody of the Real Husbands of Hollywood. I'm so excited beyond words that BET has decided to bring this scripted show on to their network. On tonight's telecast the audience was treated to hilarious segments featuring BET Awards host Samuel L. Jackson, actor Anthony Anderson and even a cameo from rapper Fabulous. I cant even say enough about it, just watch the video from one of the segments below:
4. Big Brother/Little Brother Moment
Jay-Z and Kanye West took to the stage to accept their award for Video of the Year and the audience got a little sneak peak into the relationship that the Watch the Throne rappers have. Kanye began giving a speech to accept their award and BAM mid-sentence, Jay interrupted Yeezy saying "Excuse me Kanye, I'mma let you continue but"..the crowd roared in laughter and Jay took us back to the moment when West had notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift at the Grammy's. That moment was hilarious!
1. Lira Lost :(
Unfortunately my favorite South African songtress Lira did not win for Best International Act, the title went to Sarkodie and Wizkidayo. I am sure it was well deserved but I was really rooting for Lira, she is such a talented and genuinely sweet person. Better luck next time Boo!
2. Mindless comment
Teenage sensations Mindless Behaviour almost made me reach through my television screen for saying what I believe was one of the WORST jokes of the night. While giving out an award one of the group members joked that Mike Epp's singing was as bad as "Lauryn Hill not paying her taxes". I'm sorry but the humor was lost on me. The joke is in poor taste, given the severity and newness of the situation. Lauryn faces extensive jail time and let's face it y'all that woman ain't too right in the head. Thankfully Beyonce came onstage a few minutes afterwards and cleaned up the mess that Mindless Behaviour made. She gracefully thanked the women that paved the path for her such as "Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige" such a class act that Bey.
3. Why Was Kim Kardashian There????
|Kim and Kanye in matching white outfits|
|Hello! Is Kim even at the same award show? She looks so out of it|
To be honest, the show was long but absolutely brilliant. I watched the pre-show, the actual three hour plus ceremony and even made it to the post show. I utterly enjoyed it. The only area of improvement for BET would be to ask the rappers to refrain from the incessant cursing, I can do without that. Whoever was handling the bleeping for BET should get "talking to" tomorrow. The viewing audience heard so many obscenities yelled out by the performers and award recipients it almost made my ears bleed. Do better my people!
Did you watch the BET Awards? What did you think?