Do You Remember When…?: 7 Shocking Moments From The BET Awards!
Keep it real: Did you really think that 11 years later the BET Awards would still be around…and we’d still be excited to watch? But here we are, just hours away from the 2012 BET Awards and Stephen G. Hill, as usual, is promising big surprises. But let’s go back for a minute and take a look at some of the more shocking and outrageous moments that occurred before, during and after past BET Awards shows!
Mo’Nique Spoofs Beyonce!
When the lights went up on the 2004 Awards and host Mo’Nique was onstage with a group of other plus-sized women, no one really knew what was about to happen. But when the music dropped and they went into a full dance routine to Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” no one looked more shocked than Beyonce. Mo’Nique, through labored breathing, told Beyonce when it was over that they’d be working for a month on that dance. She also told Usher that moment was just for him. Gotta love Mo’Nique!
Queen Latifah As A Cleo…and a subliminal message?
During the 2010 Awards, Queen Latifah was the host and she had many different wardrobe and role changes. One role change was when she transformed into her Set It Off character, Cleo (pictured here with T.I.). At one point during the skit, she made a comment that was something to the effect of, “…the guys like surrounding themselves around beautiful women and so do I.” Because she was in character and Cleo was a lesbian, it should have been assumed that she was just acting. But we know what happened: many viewers took it and ran with it as though Latifah was making a statement.
“I’m Rick James, Beyotch”
If I remember correctly, the late Rick James was presenting an award at the 2004 telecast and the winner wasn’t present to receive it. But before he left the stage, he felt the need to address a woman who must’ve ruffled his collar backstage. He ended his presentation time by saying, “And for that girl backstage let me make it publicly clear: nevermind who you thought I was…I’m Rick James, Beyotch.” The crows were instantly on its feet in shock and laughter and that was all she wrote.
The Drake & Lil Wayne Performance with “the dancers”
In 2009, we were all dealing with the untimely passing of Michael Jackson. BET was forced to deal with that along with all of their other scheduled performances, which included a performance from Drake and Lil Wayne. The first problem was that they performed “Every Girl in the World” which was pretty explicit and consequently, almost every other line was bleeped out. But towards the end of the performance, Wayne’s then 10 year old daughter and her friends came on stage to dance to the song. That immediately caused a wave of fury not only to the artists but to BET as well. Drake addressed it by apologizing and saying it was a terrible decision as a whole. For its part, BET said that things happened during the performance that simply shouldn’t have. Yep, we know.
Chris Brown “MJ Tribute”
After a year of preparation, BET was more prepared to give the “King of Pop” a more proper sendoff. Although he’d been indirectly “banned” from most awards shows, BET thought it would only be right to have the reigning dance prince, Chris Brown, do a proper dance tribute. It was everything we all hoped it would be: exciting, fun and as close as to MJ’s moves as it could be. Of course, Chris broke down during “Man In The Mirror” and those tears seemed to serve a dual purpose: one for all the embarrassment and shame he’d put himself and his family through as well as the loss of his idol.
After the Party, It’s the After Party…Grey Goose vs. Ciroc & T.I. vs. Diddy
After the 2011 show, everyone headed over to the BET Official After Party at the Compound. Apparently Diddy noticed that some partygoers were sipping on Grey Goose vodka and not his liquor, Ciroc. Because he is an adult, Diddy took to the stage and screamed into the mic, “Put that Shyte down! It’s Ciroc Boys in the building. What you gonna do? This is my house!” Diddy doesn’t own the club but whatever. He actually threw across the room. When rapper and co-host of the party T.I. saw what was happening, he got on the mic to tell the people that if they started fighting, he would leave because he would not be going back to jail over some BS. Further, he told Diddy to chill out because he made too much money to be acting like this and to “…Let that ‘man’ drink what the f**k he wanna drink, f**k that s**t. They ain’t getting money for drinking that s**t, they paid to drink that sh**t.” Well, alright then!
The Viewers’ Choice Debacle
What has probably been written as the most embarrassing and likely contrived moments of the BET Awards thus far came last year when a 106th Park fan, Tiffany Green, won the contest to present the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice award. Green announced the winner as Chris Brown, as that what was stated on the tablet she was holding which had the winner’s name. However, the teleprompter stated Rihanna’s name and that’s what Terrance J and Rocsi went with. Rapper Drake came on stage to accept the award on Rih’s behalf just to add even more spiciness to the drama. Green immediately went back stage and took to Twitter to clear her name and place the blame on BET. By the end of the show, host Kevin Hart came back out to announce that the real winner of the award, in fact, was Chris Brown. Oh BET, you’re so messy.