I truly enjoyed every aspect of the show this year.
I must say it was star studded and truly represented Black Entertainment minus a few people here and there. The event looked classy, despite the causal-ness that hip hop artist can sometimes bring.
Most of the artist who preformed brought their A game and I was very proud of them. Usually I feel like some artist don’t take the BET awards serious and do lack luster performances but Melanie Fiona performed like she would never perform again. This set the bar for the rest of the evening.
Nicki Minaj performed her face off too with 2 Chainz. Beyonce was rockin’ to Bees In The Trap, I had a flashback to the Soldier video watching Bey. lol #thuggin
Whew the BET staff were a fool for bringing back Chante Moore!!! My Gawd she did justice to Donna Summers. Where did she come from though? She looked very rejuvenated and youthful. You Go Girl!
It wouldn’t be right for me to forget D’Angelo showing us he still has it. I really enjoyed seeing him perform after reading that GQ article about a month ago.
The Whitney Houston tribute was phenomenal! Mariah looked great and I enjoyed her speaking about the memories she had with Whitney. She was fighting not to breakdown. The ladies from Waiting to Exhale was a nice bonus also, especially since I love that movie. Monica truly showed her skill in a tremendous way singing I Love The Lord, a song that meant more to Whitney than her biggest hit I Will Always Love You. Monica looked beyond beautiful too. I was on pins and needles unsure that Brandy would be able to deliver vocally, but she made me very proud with her vocals and dance moves. Now if only we can get that on her own music she might be able to sell some albums. Cissy, took me to church and back to the old school. I surprisingly didn’t shed a tear like Soulja Boy and Beyonce.
Speaking of Beyonce… the front row was like watching royalty with Solange and her man Alan Ferguson, Jay and Beyonce, and Kanye with his new addition Kim Kardashian (she looked very uncomfortable and unaware of black culture by the way). Nikki Minaj was next to Kim K. I enjoyed all the different interactions Beyonce had with her husband and sister. She was truly enjoying herself, comfortable being herself, and not just sitting there prim and proper. Afterall, its the BET awards which means family and when you’re around family there is no need to be frontin’.
We see hip hop passing the paton with new artist like Wale and Big Sean both winning an award.
The opening of the show really surprised me. I was not prepared for Mercy to be the opening performance, I love that song. Then, I was extra shocked to see Kanye West come out.
Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee rapping their own version of N**** In Paris to open the show was hilarious even though I really couldn’t understand what they were saying, but they clearly enjoyed themselves which made me laugh with them and not so much at them.
Surpise number three came for me when Jay Z came out during West acceptance speech on behalf of The Throne group.
I was a little annoyed by the official announcement that Lauren London will be on The Game, like who cares?! (Maybe its just me) I’d rather here continue to be Shelly on Single Ladies as a regular.
Lala Anthony, was looking a mess. That outfit wasn’t it and her hair looked jacked up. I assume there were some behind the scenes activity that may have played a part in her appearance.
Overall, I was satisfied by the various things that took place July 1, 2012 in the Shrine Auditorium. It was clever, funny, talented and most of all it was Family.