Here we are at another BET Awards and there were some hits and yes there were some misses. Kevin Hart hosting was a definite hit! Hart’s opening number stepping with youngsters (the only folks they could find who were shorter than him?) was great! And Kevin’s no-holds-barred “Nobody’s safe” humor was classic particularly when he decided to re-think his request to have Ne-Yo remove his hat!
The pre-show red carpet event was a bit sloppy. I don’t understand why Eve opened up as though yes, she hasn’t had a hit in a while, but I would still think she’s too big for that. The pre-show was filled with some random acts but also featured a standout performance by Miguel, who sang his hit, “Sure Thing”.
One thing that puzzled me throughout the evening is BET’s fascination with Chris Brown. What is it? Why was “Breezy” constantly mentioned throughout the pre-show, and featured so heavily in the awards? And how the heck did he beat Cee-Lo…at anything? (Clearly the BET Awards is not like other award shows that have committees/boards who vote on artists or base votes on record sales. And that was further evidenced by Jayden and Willow Smith both receiving the “Young Star” award.) I don’t understand why this little troubled boy keeps getting so many chances. Personally I think he needs to go away….to school.
Aside from pre-show shenanigans, showing a pre-televised Beyonce performance that’s already been circulating on the web, and the Twitterverse’s subsequent interest with Free’s backside, the BET Awards, though not as exciting as in prior years, was overall entertaining. With that said, here’s my list of the top ten moments (good or bad) of the night.
10. Tiffany Green
Okay what exactly happened with Tiffany Green? She was a contest winner who read the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Award” from the HTC Evo View 4G tablet and got the winner’s name wrong. Reportedly the tablet said one thing and the prompter said another. But in the end, of course, Chris Brown won, sitting on a bike? as Kevin Hart explained the snafu at the end of the show in what looked like pj’s and sparkly mask, his attire for the night.
9. Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey receiving the 2011 humanitarian award is on this list as only an expression of my disgust that though Harvey may do great work in his organization, this man has pulled a major okey doke preying on the fears of single black women making us believe he’s a relationship guru. Yuck! But if in fact he does good work, we’ll give him credit for that…..
8. Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland’s performance of “Motivation” was a rip off of Janet Jackson’s “I Get Lonely”. Just sayin’. If you didn’t see that, you really weren’t paying attention. Janet rocked that swag, down to ripping open her blouse back in 1997!
7. After 7
The performance by After 7 of “Nights Like This” to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the film The Five Heartbeats brought back great memories!
6. Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
It was fantastic to see Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal again, but…I wish he would have gotten some new teeth put in! Are you serious singing on stage in front of millions of folks with no teeth? I know times have been hard since I saw the duo’s story on Unsung but gosh… And I wondered if this was a sneaky last minute move on the part of BET to capitalize on the TV One special on the singers—well played BET!
5. Mary J Blige & Anita Baker
Mary J. Blige opened up the show with some classic cuts like “All Night Long” and “Real Love”. And then introducing Anita Baker was fab! They did a rendition of “Caught up in the Rapture”. Baker obviously out sang Blige, who sounded like she was struggling vocally, but it was good to see two veterans together.
4. Jill Scott
Jill Scott’s theatrical introduction of “Rolling Hills” set in a juke joint with Idris Elba was creative and refreshing. I like that BET was willing to experiment and showcase a broader range of entertainment styles. And I also liked seeing a fine black man pushin up on a fine and juicy black woman!
3. In Memoriam
The tribute to Clarence Clemons, Nate Dogg, Gil Scott Heron and Teena Marie was on point! Queen Latifah (will we ever get to stop calling her that?) gave a strong and flawless delivery of Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not be Televised”. It was moving. Well done BET!
2. The Patti Labelle Tribute
Cee-Lo singing Patti Labelle in a “Ms. Patti” wig was amazeballs! WERK! I loved it! Cee-Lo has become so mainstream over the past few months that it was nice to see him be at “home”. Marsha Ambrosius rocked the house with her version of “If Only You Knew”. But where was Fantasia? We all know Fanny would have KILLED a Patti song. But all in all it was so grand to see Ms. Patti get her due respect! Then of course Patti took to tearing up the stage with “Love, Need, Want You.” We don’t have many legends left, so it was a majestic experience to see Ms. Patti sang! (I was waiting on her to kick off her shoes, but they looked a bit pricey so I figured she’d keep ‘em!)
1. The Real Husbands of Hollywood
The reality show parody, The Real Husbands of Hollywood featuring Bobby Brown, Nick Cannon and Hart among others was absolutely hilarious and was the number one memorable moment of the BET Awards. BET should seriously think about making this highly amusing skit,that featured a cameo by Tami Roman of VH1’s Basketball Wives part of their programming lineup. Kudos BET!
What did you think of the 2011 BET Awards?