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, 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.