Either you decided to skip this year’s BET Awardsin favor of Sunday night’s other programming, or you sat through all four hours with the rest of us and watched host Chris Rockgo in on the likes of Rick Rossand big winner August Alsina, whom he called the “Sideshow Bob of Hip-Hop.”
He threw shade like he was pitching in the World Series all night, and was, for me anyways, the most entertaining part of the show. One of his bits included venturing out to a monster truck rally to see if folks there even knew what BET was. Instead of handing out pizza, like Ellen Degeneresdid at this year’s Academy Awards, he gave the audience meals from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, but joked that Ross should get a salad. Let’s hope Chris made it home safe last night. Continue Reading
The 2013 BET Awards was a mostly enjoyable show with performances galore. Chris Tucker served as host, but he was barely on stage and with the exception of a bit about his friendship with the late Michael Jackson, he didn’t make much of an impression.
The show went on without a hitch, though whoever was in control of the censor button was a little late, especially for Nicki Minaj‘s verse during Chris Brown‘s “Elevate The Game.” And elevate the game she did, she hovered over the audience in some sort of bubble, not missing a beat or looking nervous.
Robin Thicke took to the stage for the dirty song of the summer, “Blurred Lines.” It wasn’t that much different than previous performances, but I always appreciate Thicke,T.I. and Pharrell Williams sharing the stage together.
What I didn’t appreciate was Mariah Carey phoning in yet another performance of “#Beautiful” which is a good song, I just wish she would actually sing it. Miguel was on hand, as was Young Jeezy who gave us the most awkward segway into his song “R.I.P.” Miguel also performed “Power Trip” with J. Cole and his song “How Many Drinks” with Kendrick Lamar.
Both Miguel and Lamar were big winners, and even though Kendrick didn’t accept his first award, after a stellar performance of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” with Erykah Badu, he made it to the stage to grab his trophy for “Best New Artist.”
R. Kelly made a triumphant (?) return to the stage for a medley of his hits, which included the classics “Bump n Grind” and “Ignition (Remix).”While R might see a bump in sales after his performances, it’s say to say he won’t catch anyone trying to copy his spiked, leather jacket look.
Ciara got super turnt up for “I’m Out” and then invited us to her “Body Party.” Cici is an amazing performer, and motivation for us to get our butts into the gym.
Definitely the highlight of the night was the tribute to the legendary Charlie Wilson. Jamie Foxx, India. Arie and Stevie Wonder got into the groove for some of Wilson’s biggest hits, then Uncle Charlie was joined by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Lion and Pharrell for Snoop’s “Beautiful” and The Gap Band‘s “You Dropped A Bomb On Me.” If this didn’t make you feel good, then I don’t know what will.
Janelle Monae got to close out the show with “Q.U.E.E.N.” and Ms. Badu made another appearance with that poodle from the song’s video. A great way to end the show, even if we, and the audience I’m sure, we’re pretty tired by then.
Here are all the winners!
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Beyoncé Tamar Braxton Alicia Keys Rihanna – WINNER Elle Varner
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Chris Brown Bruno Mars Miguel – WINNER Justin Timberlake Usher
Best Group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WINNER Mary Mary Mindless Behavior Slaughterhouse The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)
Best Collaboration 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) – “No Lie” A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems” – WINNER French Montana (featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) – “Pop That” Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) – “Poetic Justice” Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) – “Suit & Tie” Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) – “Mercy”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist 2 Chainz A$AP Rocky Drake Future Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Azealia Banks Eve Nicki Minaj – WINNER Rasheeda Rye Rye
Video of the Year 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) – “No Lie” A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems” Drake – “Started From the Bottom” – WINNER Drake (featuring Lil Wayne) – “HYFR” Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) – “Poetic Justice” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz) – “Thrift Shop” Miguel – “Adorn” Rihanna – “Diamonds” Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) – “Suit & Tie” Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) – “Mercy”
Video Director of the Year A$AP Rocky and Sam Lecca Benny Boom – WINNER Director X Dre Films Hype Williams
Best New Artist Azealia Banks Joey Bada$$ Kendrick Lamar – WINNER Trinidad Jame$ The Weeknd
Best Gospel Artist Deitrick Haddon Lecrae Tamela Mann Mary Mary – WINNER Marvin Sapp
Best Actress Angela Bassett Halle Berry Taraji P. Henson Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington – WINNER
Best Actor Don Cheadle Common Jamie Foxx – WINNER Samuel L. Jackson Denzel Washington
YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas – WINNER Jacob Latimore Keke Palmer Jaden Smith Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Django Unchained” “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” “Sparkle” “Think Like a Man” – WINNER
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Gabrielle Douglas – WINNER Brittney Griner Candace Parker Serena Williams Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year Victor Cruz Kevin Durant Robert Griffin III LeBron James – WINNER Ray Lewis
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) – “F—in’ Problems” Drake – “Started From the Bottom” – WINNER Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)” Miguel – “Adorn” Rihanna – “Diamonds” Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) – “Suit & Tie”
Centric Award Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – WINNER Fantasia – “Lose to Win” Miguel – “Adorn” Nas – “Daughters” Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have”
Best International Act: Africa 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) Toya Delazy (South Africa) Donald (South Africa) Ice Prince (Nigeria) – WINNER R2Bees (Ghana) Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Best International Act: UK Marsha Ambrosius Estelle Labrinth Rita Ora Emeli Sandé – WINNER Wiley
“According to our sources, Ross and Jeezy exchanged words backstage and started pushing and shoving each other. We’re told BET security and bodyguards for each of the rappers eventually separated the two.
Our sources on the scene say that after the fight had been broken up, a member of Rick Ross’ entourage pulled out a gun while in the parking lot and shots were fired. It is unclear if the man was arrested.
We’re told Jeezy and Ross are still at the awards, which are being taped tonight in Atlanta and air next month. “
Story developing …
And THIS is why we can’t have nice parties. Right? Leave your GOTdamn guns at home!