The BET Awards was on and poppin tonight, as well as Entourage :). Everything was star-studded and the performances were great this time around. Shoutout to Erica at HerDailyFix.com for having an appearance out there, as well as a few other cohorts of mine. Shouts to NecoleBitchie.com as well.
First of all, Kanye West's performance was real fly. I was digging the mountain backdrop and the hilariously huge chain of his that he rocked while performing his single "Power". I pretty much destroyed my headphones while bumping this song on my Zen. The Zen is my personal harddrive that carries songs, pro tools sections, photos, videos, and all kinds of material that I need.
Another favorite performance of mine comes from Usher, who performed one of my current favorite songs on the radio "There Goes My Baby". Real smooth transition from the hoopla that was going down with Queen Latifah changing into the chick from "Set It Off" every 10 minutes. I guess she did that because she felt more black people would appreciate that as opposed to her walking around with a curling iron with Alicia Silverstone beside her.
A very big highlight for the night, as most people would tell, was the Michael Jackson tribute performed solely by embattled R&B/Pop star Chris Brown. This was a very special performance since he was allegedly banned from doing this last year. Isn't it funny that Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna were not present at the show? :/ Anyways, during the segment for Man In The Mirror, he started to cry and couldn't even finish the set. I wonder if this set will bring him back into the limelight or just be the result of more ridicule and scrutiny. I prefer the former, but you can never tell with people these days.
Another great performance I must add was put together by Janelle Monae, who was one of three artists involved in a tribute to Prince for his Lifetime Achievement Award. I must say, Janelle is a brilliant artist and I love how she tore this performance down. As you can tell, Prince was pleased as the rest of us. A good choice that he picked to do the tribute, indeed. I do wished that he would perform after, but I guess he was a little too shocked about some others who came on stage...
One performance that never quite made it to television in full form was of newcomer emcee J.Cole, an artist thats signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint. I met J.Cole once at Howard Homecoming in DC and he couldn't be more humble and honest, so it was a good look to see him at this show doing not only his verse from "A Star Is Born" but also a brand new verse at the end with a live band.
What did you guys think about the BET Awards this year? Good parts? Bad parts? What was THAT nigga wearing? Post some comments and see what's good.