I've read quite a few blog posts on people's thoughts of this year's BET Awards, and the general consensus seems to be that it was much more dignified than last year's awards show. I didn't watch the awards last year, so I really can't make a comparison, but my review will be based on this year's show itself, as well as the BET awards shows I have watched in years past.
Since I have a reputation for being a "Debbie Downer" or "Negative Nancy," I will start with the positives. First off, Nia Long looked absolutely gorgeous! She's another one to add to the "girl crush" list. How old is she? Eh, it doesn't even matter. I know she's been in the entertainment industry for a minute, and she's still shitting on girls half her age. She and Stacey Dash must be sipping on the same youth serum.
Next: Prince. I did not realize how much I loved Prince until I saw him at the 2010 BET Awards. His facial expressions during his tribute were priceless. Can't say that I blame him though. I love me some Janelle Monae, but for some reason she just wasn't doing it for me in her performance. I'm glad to see that BET gave her some shine; it would have been nice to see her perform her OWN music though. She seemed like she was trying too hard to get Prince's approval. *Shrugs*
Now onto my not-so-favorite parts of the night. One thing I've noticed about BET that seems like it will never change is their ass-backwardness in doing things. Never have I seen a television network that can be so stuffy, yet so tacky at the same time. "Boughetto" is the term, I think. Take for instance, the notorious "ban" that BET put on R&B singer Ciara's video "Ride." No one quite knows the true reason behind why the video has been banned, not even Ciara herself, but basically I think the notion is that her video is too "racy" for daytime (or anytime) viewing. Never mind all those borderline-XXX videos that BET airs on a daily basis. Yet BET invites Ciara to be a presenter, wearing what can best be described as a red leather tube top. I didn't see anything wrong with what she was wearing, but then again I didn't have a problem with her music video either. Perhaps the message is: "You can wear skimpy clothing, as long as you don't ride a mechanical bull while doing so"? Things that make you go hmmm.......
Then there was the almost-kiss between Nia Long and Larenz Tate. Somehow, BET's producers thought that viewers would much rather see Rocsi and Terrence J swap spit. Excuse me while I dry heave. If I could be a sniper for just one day......okay, let me stop. I guess I should give BET kudos for accomplishing the amazing feat of pairing two of the world's most annoying people together, and shoving them in our faces Monday-Friday.
Of course, the highlight of the night was Mr. Breezy himself in the much-anticipated MJ tribute. I have to give him props. The boy can dance his ass off. He also provided me a lifetime of laughter with this photo. HOWEVER, just like everything else, black people always have a way of blowing shit waaaayyyyy out of proportion. If I didn't know any better, I would think CB's performance was the second coming of Christ. Suddenly everyone has a story of how they cried along with him and that they now "officially forgive" him. You mean to tell me that the American public has scrutinized, ridiculed, taunted, and practically crucified Chris Brown for the past year-and-a-half, and all he had to do was moonwalk to get approval from you niggas? If I'm not mistaken, he's done MJ tributes before, but he had to actually perform at an awards show in order for people to realize he's talented? Like nearly every situation involving Chris Brown since the "incident," I don't have a problem with him; I have a problem with the "Team Breezy" stans and bandwagon-hoppers who hype up every single thing that he does, whether good or bad.
For the love of all things good and holy, can BET please get better microphones/sound systems for the performances? I had to turn my TV up to the highest volume and it still sounded like they were whispering.
Did anyone else notice the smedium red sweater T.I. wore during that bit with Queen Latifah? I tried to Google it, but no luck finding any pics.
Why did little Willow (Jada and Will's daughter) look like the latest pre-pubescent androgynous member of the Black Eyed Peas? I understand letting your kids express themselves and all, but come on.
Did I miss the memo that "Dirty Money" has now become "Diddy Dirty Money"? Am I the only one who still doesn't know the name of the girl who is not an ex-Danity Kane member?
Why is Chaka Khan at the awards EVERY DAMN YEAR?
I'm done. Until next year.
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