The 2012 BET Awards Rocks Again!
By Rych McCain, International/Nationally Entertainment Columnist
Photos Courtesy BET
The 2012 BET Awards was another cable TV ratings bonanza as it is every year! This year the red carpet had bleacher seating for the mostly teen fans to see their favorite stars up close and even shaking their hands and getting autographs. The screaming from those fans kept the energy and excitement high as the stars paraded down doing their side press interviews.
|Terrence J and Rocsi|
The live pre-show was hype as usual hosted by BET’s own Terrence J and Rocsi. As with every year, the acts had to perform in straight up blazing hot sun. The temps on that stage and the red carpet were in the high 80’s leaving the stars, press and fans to sweat and melt.
When everybody settled down inside the Shrine Auditorium they witness a great show but it was hindered by numerous bleeps and vulgarities that the censors missed or only half clipped during the entire show. It is actually a shame that some acts (not all) in the hip hop/rap genre blatantly display ignorance and the lack of respect of the medium of television with cussing and vulgar jesters. A large segment of Rick Ross and Nikki Minaj’s performances were muted out due to foul language.
Gospel superstar Yolanda Adams, who performed and won “The Best Gospel Artist Award,” urged her secular music peers to act mature and use their fame wisely. In her acceptance speech Adams said “We need all of y’all. I’m saying the world needs everyone in this room. Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly, because we’re watching. Our babies are watching and they want to be like us.”
The emotional highlight of the night came via the Whitney Houston tribute. Mariah Carey opened the segment with memories of her friendship with Houston. She was followed by a stirring number by Monica. Brandy rendered two of Houston’s up-tempo hits and Chaka Khan blazed the stage with "I'm Every Woman," which Houston remade. Houston’s brother Gary came out to sing a tune them mom Cissy Houston took the stage and had church. She brought the house down with a highly emotional charged gospel rendition of “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” Many in the crowd were brought to tears not only in the auditorium but in the back press room as well. All eyes were glued to those monitors. Other tributes included Chante Moore singing a medley of the late Donna Summers hits; Valerie Simpson singing the hits she collaborated with her late husband Nick Ashford and a tribute to TV music show pioneers Don Cornelius (Soul Train), Dick Clark (American Bandstand) and radio mogul Hal Jackson (Co-creator of the Inner City Radio Broadcast group).
|Solange, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye & Kim BET Photo|
The show was hosted by actor Sam Jackson who did skits with fellow Moorehouse College alumni Spike Lee and comic Kevin Hart who hosted last year’s show. Kanye West with girlfriend Kim Kardashian in tow led the pack with seven nominations followed by Beyonce with six. Beyonce did win “Best video Director” with Alan Ferguson and “Best Female R&B Artist.” West and his friend Jay-Z beat out Beyonce for “Video of The Year.
|Kanye & Jay-Z|
As West was giving his acceptance speech, Jay-Z interrupted him and said: "Excuse me Kanye, I'm gonna let you continue, but ...," and the audience broke out with laughter, recalling West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards speech a few years back. Chris Brown was also a double winner; Kevin Hart won “Best Actor,” Big Sean was named best new artist while Wale and Miguel's smooth hit "Lotus Flower Bomb" won “Best Collaboration.”
|Frankie Beverly & Jamie Foxx|
The show’s presenters were Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, who wore a T-shirt that had a picture of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen killed in Florida. Frankie Beverly featuring Maze were honored with the lifetime achievement award, and they were serenaded with performances by Tyrese, Faith Evans and Joe.
D'Angelo did, his first televised performance in years fostering his comeback. In an interesting note, Chris Brown performed in his first televised appearance since the New York City nightclub brawl between his entourage and Drake’s. Brown’s Girlfriend, his bodyguard and NBA star Tony Parker were among those injured in the June 14 encounter, where bottles were thrown. Despite being nominated, Drake was a no-show for the awards. For complete list of winners go to www.bet.com
|Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank|
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