BET Awards: A Guilty Pleasure

June 27, 2011  |  
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I know plenty of black people who are allergic to the BET awards. Like their eyes will burn, their skin will break out in blotches and their throat will close if they watch a telecast of this annual event. They avoid it like the plague because BET has let them down one too many times.  This analysis is about right. You can usually expect a sub par show. These days you don’t know what you’re going to get when you watch.

But for others it’s the guilty pleasure you can’t help but indulge in. I fall in this category. I know it’s not right, but I have to watch just so I won’t be missing a moment of ratchetness, the making of pop cultural history or a musical genius moment. You never know. While there were no history making  moments from last nights show; there was ratchetness of course and even moments of genius as our people met on “our network” to honor the musical accomplishments of our past and present If you missed last night’s show, for whatever reason, check out the highlights and low lights here.

The Funny

Kevin Hart: It’s nice to see that BET got the hosting game right on this year. Kevin Hart brought his blend of funny to the stage last night with jokes at the expense of quite a few of the audience members. He said several times that no one was off limits. I was also impressed to see that Hart’s jacket game was on point. But some of the funniest moments of the night came when Hart unveiled his new show, “Real Husbands of Hollywood”, starring people like Nelly, Bobby Brown, Nick Cannon and Jermaine Dupri. Yeah the cast is ultra random; but if you watch nothing else from the BET Awards you should check out these videos below:

The Good

Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige
Mary was the opening act for the show. After all these years it’s good to see that’s she kept her body in tip top shape. While we enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane, reminiscing to Mary’s hits, the highlight of her performance came when she brought Anita Baker onto the stage and the two sang “Rapture” together.

Jill Scott and Idris Elba
When you have those two names in one sentence, not too much can go wrong. One of our favorite women and one of the finest men took to the stage to perform “Rolling Hills” a track from Jill’s latest album “Light of the Sun”

Kelly Rowland
It’s always nice to see Kelly get a little shine. And she proved she’s ready for it with last night’s performance of “Motivation”. The choreography was on point, her voice sounded good and her background dancers were looking scrumptious. The only problem- and it was a big one- was that Miss Kelly kept that floppy hat on for the entire performance. We really can’t be certain it was her. The hat stayed on but she made sure to open her blouse so we could see that boob job though.

Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars
It’s the 10th anniversary for “songs in A minor” so Alicia took to the stage to perform some of the classics from the album. Her performance was great and Bruno Mars swung through to add some of his guitar skills. The only question is…what was really going on with Alicia’s hair? I know all of that frizz had to have been intentional.

Memorial Tribute
As they do every year, BET took time to honor musical legends we’d lost throughout the year, including rapper M Bone (Teach Me How to Dougie), saxophonist Clarence Clemons, rapper Nate Dogg, poet/activist Gil Scott Heron, and songstress Teena Marie. Everyone’s performances were well done and heartfelt but our friend Ledisi killed the game. So much so that we had to attach it here.

Gladys Knight on Patti LaBelle
Did you know the Gladys and Patti were besties? Well we found out last night when Gladys said some very kind words about Ms. Patti. We already know Patti is emotional but from the moment she stepped on stage, Patti’s eyes started to well in love and gratitude. When she finally took the stage to accept her award she explained just how much of a friend Gladys is to her. “She has so many things to tell me about myself that I forgot.”

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