By now I’m sure everyone has seen or has at least heard about all the shenanigans that went down at this past weekend’s BET Awards in Los Angeles. I honestly feel like this was the best BET Awards in a longggggg time believe it or not. So I’m going to share my top favorite moments.
1. Chris Rock
BET could not have chosen a better host for this year’s BET Awards. Chris Rock did not hold any punches and came out swinging. He clowned a number the celebrities in the audience from T.I. to Chris Brown to Paris Hilton (who was oddly in attendance full of bronzer and hair extensions). He was absolutely hilarious and his energy stayed up throughout the entire show. I love how he made everyone feel uncomfortable by some of his comments. Celebrities need a reality check every once in a while.
2. Pharrell Wiliams
Anyone who knows me knows that Pharrell has been my imaginary husband since I was in fifth grade. Just him being a the BET Awards spoke volumes. With acts like Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rihanna who come off like they are too famous or successful to attend the event, Pharrell showed up and was beyond humble as he won the most awards for the night. He even bought out Missy Elliot to perform with him during his opening set which was exciting! Even though Pharrell won the most awards for the night he was continuously shouting out his peers and their work and contributions.
3. Chris Brown's Performance
It’s a fact that Chris Brown has been having a tough year but you would not know that from his performance at this year’s BET Awards. Chris has not lost his touch when it comes to dancing! He danced circles around the BET stage during his performance and even bought out former Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker. Chris hands down had one of the best performances of the night and everyone in the audience looked super estatic and happy while he was on stage performing.
4. Chris Rock passing out Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles during the show
5. Nicki Minaj throwing shade at Iggy Azalea
During Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech for best female hip hop artist which she happened to be up against Iggy Azalea for, Nicki Minaj made it clear that she felt some type of way about Iggy by stating, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,". Then Nicki proceeded to say no shade but was clearing throwing shade and sipping from an imaginary cup of tea. Although Nicki said no names, This was a direct jab at Iggy Azalea who is known for her lyrics being written by her mentor T.I. I loved every moment of it because it was real, honest emotion and in the moment.
6. The Civil Right’s Act tribute and Fallen Soldiers Tribute
Oddly, BET never really discusses the black struggle in America despite it’s name being Black Entertainment Television. Well, this year at the awards they scratched the surface by dedicating a portion of the show to everyone who fought for black people’s civil rights by showing clips from the Civil Right’s Movement. They also briefly discussed the Civil Right;s Act of 1964.This was much needed and commendable. I also liked the fact that they dedicated a portion of the show to Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou and other black entertainers we lost this year and their major contributions to not only entertainment but society as a whole. BET needs to touch on African American issues and race more often in their programming.
All in all, I give this year’s BET Awards a 8 out of 10. I wonder if they can live up to this years awards next year. Only time will tell!