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BET Awards 2012, D’Angelo Returns – Whitney Houston Tribute By Mariah Carey

Mariah Honors Whitney

 

The BET Awards went on for almost 4 hours, and at least an hour and a half of it was actually pretty good. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the show kicked off with a performance from G.O.O.D Music featuring Kanye West, who brought girlfriend Kim Kardashian as his date. I think this was the most black people she’s ever been around in her life. Sam did a pretty good job as host, it’s not like he had to do much, and I did enjoy those Real Househusband skits throughout the show.

 

 

All of the ladies were waiting for D’Angelo to hit the stage and he did not disappoint. He started out his performance with “Untitled” and “Voodoo”  not shirtless unfortunately, then went into a new song called “James River.” D’Angelo still has it, and I’m glad he’s back and ready to show the world

Other highlights included Melanie Fiona‘s stellar performance of “Love On The Wrong Side” and the tribute to Frankie Beverly and Maze, but the show capped off with a touching and tearful tribute to the late Whitney Houston. There have been numerous tributes to Houston since she passed back in February but this was definitely the best. Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance to speak about her beloved friend saying,”I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.”

Then Monica and Brandy both brought the house down with “I Love The Lord,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” But it was Houston’s ‘Waiting To Exhale‘ co-stars Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine and her mother Cissy Houston‘s emotional performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that got even the hardest rappers in the game a little teary eyed.

 

Beyonce - GORGEOUS

 

Beyonce, who took home top honors for Best Female R&B and Video Director Of The Year with Alan Ferguson. She didn’t walk the red carpet but look great in this neon dress and was shown all throughout the show bobbing along to songs like Nicki‘s “Beez In The Trap.”  Maybe she was just enjoying her time off from diaper duty.

D’Angelo Returns And Opens Up To GQ Magazine

Welcome back, D'Angelo

 

D’Angelo is back with a new body, new music and a new outlook on life. He appears in the June issue of GQ in his first shoot in over a decade looking more svelte than we’ve seen him in recent years. D’Angelo talks about his struggles with becoming a sex symbol and how the infamous video for his hit “(Untitled) How Does It Feel” came to be.

Although “Untitled” will go down in history for one of the sexiest music videos ever, it changed D’Angelo’s life and not for the better. The video’s director, Paul Hunter, says his work was misunderstood.

 “Most people think the ‘Untitled’ video was about sex, but my direction was completely opposite of that. It was about his grandmother’s cooking.”

Hunter told D to think about the smell of his grandmother’s kitchen, but home cooking never felt so sensual. Even though thousands of women were getting their jollies from an almost 5 minute video, apparently all of us missed the point.

The veil is the nudity and the sexuality. But what they’re really getting is the spirit.”

Questlove of The Roots, and former drummer for D’Angelo’s band, says the singer felt “tortured” by the pressure to give the audience what it wanted. Worried that he didn’t look as cut as he did in the video, he’d delay shows to do stomach crunches. He’d often give in, peeling off his shirt, but he resented being reduced to that.

 “One time I got mad when a female threw money at me onstage, and that made me feel f**ked-up, and I threw the money back at her,” he says. “I was like, ‘I’m not a stripper.’ “

After the 8-month long Voodoo tour in support of his album of the same name, he told Questlove that he was going to  “go in the woods, drink some hooch, grow a beard, and get fat.”

After over a decade away from the music business he has worked on over 50 songs but don’t expect an official release date, or title, anytime soon. We can look forward to lyrics like these, which he previewed to Amy HarrisI know you’re wondering where I’ve been / Wondering ’bout the shape I’m in / I hope it ain’t my abdomen.

We have D, and welcome back!