The 10 Absolute Best And Most Side-Eye Worthy Moments From The 2013 BET Awards

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I don’t know what you were doing last night, but we were chatting with some very comical people online all night about the BET Awards. In all honesty, this might have been the best award show I’ve seen the network put on since Mo’Nique used to host, as there were rarely any moments during it that I would call “the worst.” Chris Tucker brought the funny (especially when he was joking about his tax troubles, getting on Miguel, and doing his flawless Michael Jackson impression), and there were some conversations to be had about the Spike Lee-inspired moving walkway and the questionable ensembles some of our favorite brothas (bolero jackets and pony hair?). Here are a few moments from last night’s show that we loved, and a few that we just couldn’t understand…but didn’t hate! Let us know if you agree!

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Uncle Charlie’s Tribute

I’ve watched most of BET’s tributes over the years, and I must say, the Charlie Wilson tribute was one of the best. It was energetic at all times (even when Jamie Foxx came out and sang the slow jam, “Yearning For Your Love”), and you have to be doing something right when Stevie Wonder comes out to sing your song (“Burn Rubber On Me”). Add to that a very delicious-looking Justin Timberlake, a very heartfelt speech by Uncle Charlie himself in the brightest suit jacket ever, and a rundown of some of his beloved songs with a little help from Snoop Dogg, Pharrell and JT, and you have a winner.

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Mariah Carey Unsuccessfully Lip-Syncs

As one of our readers pointed out, how can you try to make a comeback solely to music and the first major performance you have, you’re lip-syncing in front of the world? And to make matters worse, you’re doing so in such a way that you mess up 10 seconds into your performance and everyone can tell you’ve been faking it? Mariah has one of the best voices ever, and as someone who was performing indoors, wasn’t dancing, and was barely moving on her Great Gatsby-esque mirrorball stage, why not just remind everybody that you’re “THE voice”? Let’s not do that again my dear.

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The Impromptu Dutty Wine Session

No one was expecting this whatsoever (hence the slogan, “Anything can happen!”) and maybe that’s why it was so exciting when Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Beenie Man and Elephant Man came out to get everybody out of their seat (including a very crunk Nicki Minaj who is from Trinidad). I’m not West Indian, but even I had to “Give ’em a run” when Elephant Man ran out on level 10.

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Paula Patton’s Sobriety Gets Questioned

Patton has always had a very bubbly personality, but it was very clear that she came to the awards a little “too happy.” If you missed her on the red-carpet, she was getting a little too touchy feely with Tony Rock. Later, when she came  out to promote her movie “Baggage Claim” and help give an award, she could barely hold it together. Giggling at everything, saying “I don’t know” to statements she was supposed to make via the teleprompter, and just being a great deal more goofy than usual. It’s safe to say she had a GREAT evening!

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Tamela Mann Takes Us To Church

While some people went through the absolute most to make their performances entertaining, all Mann had to do was stand there and let her amazing vocals lead the way when she performed “Take Me To The King” at last night’s awards. She looked great, she sounded great, the choir backing her sounded great, and by the end of the performance, folks who probably missed out on church yesterday morning in order to get glammed up for the awards were in tears, standing, hands in the air feeling the spirit and feeling the same goosebumps we were. Now THAT’S a performance.

The Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award And The Very Lacking Nominees

Can we just go ahead and throw this category out until we can get some real nominees? No offense, but every year it’s very clear that Nicki Minaj is always going to win, especially when aside from Eve, the nominees are no real competition. Seriously, where do they find these people when they don’t even play their videos on BET? Rasheeda??? Really??? There are plenty of other female rappers out right now who are actually doing very that they could have included (i.e., Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, etc.), but alas, we’ll just see what the field will look like next year.

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Dwyane Wade And Kendrick Lamar Give Touching Speeches

Who doesn’t grow weary of the same cliche speeches? These two handsome men received their awards on the main stage and shared speeches that had moving messages. Wade’s Humanitarian Award speech came with a message on responsibility to his community and wanting to relate to the kids he used to be like in Chicago who are caught up in the robberies and gun fire so that he can help them in the long run. As for Lamar, he spoke openly about where he used to be, living on welfare at the county building, trying to make it out of Compton. He encouraged young people watching him to know that they too can dream big.

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R. Kelly Gives A Tribute To Himself…

Now I’m on the fence about this because while it was side-eye worthy at times, especially the fact that Kells only did about 10 seconds of each song, I was also VERY entertained by the display. I was singing along to the likes of “I Wish,” “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix)” and more, but it all came out like an “I’m going to give myself a ‘Best Of’ Tribute’ since BET hasn’t stepped up to do it! yet” performance. But then again, as we pointed out on Facebook, R. Kelly lives for the dramatic flair and clearly people love it.

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The Other Best Performances

All in all, I’d have to say Robin Thicke and Janelle Monae had the best performances of the night. Kendrick Lamar would come in a close second because there were moments where Erykah Badu did a bit much with “B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe” on the chorus, but all three of these performances were memorable for their energy. J.Cole is great, but his performance wasn’t all that memorable. Ciara’s singing skills have improved, but I’ve seen her slay elsewhere. Miguel sounded good, but if he wasn’t jumping over anybody he wasn’t going to beat his performance at the Billboard Awards.  And while Chris Brown did a great job with “Fine China” and his song with Aaliyah, “They Don’t Know,” I found myself half-paying attention. In the end though, nobody did badly…except for Mariah of course…

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Chris Tucker

Of course, Tucker wasn’t perfect in his hosting duties (who is?), but he did a really great job nonetheless. He found a way to make us laugh without having to be raunchy, without having to make fun of too many people in an embarrassing way, and won the crowd over when he made the best jokes of the night about himself and his tax woes. But perhaps my favorite moment in the show was his impression of Michael Jackson and his rendition of “Human Nature.” It’s safe to say that Tucker still has “it” after all these years, and he’s looking good!

Check out all the rest of the performances over at BET.com if you’re interested in checking out what you might have missed! What did you think of last night’s show?

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