Last night BET aired it’s annual awards show and I must say it was one of my favorite of the show’s fifteen year history. I honestly can’t say that I HATED any particular moment or performance like I have in the past. However, there were a few moments that were definitely chatworthy lol. Check out our top 6 chatworthy moments from last night’s show below in no particular order.
1. In the wake of the murder of 9 churchgoers in South Carolina and numerous black men and women killed recently under racially motivated circumstances, it was only right to open the Black Entertainment Television Awards with a boisterous Kendrick Lamar performing “Alright”. The rapper performed most of the song from the top of a spray-painted police car with an american flag waving in the background. You could feel the energy through the TV screen. It was the perfect way to kick off the show.
2. Diddy and Bad Boy artists past and present celebrated the label’s 20 year anniversary. The colorful mogul was joined on stage by groups 112 and The Lox as well French Montana, first lady Faith Evans and Mase. The set was full of old school jams and plenty of Diddy bopping, including Diddy accidentally bopping into a hole in the stage lol. He recovered quickly but the most chatworthy moment was when the “Queen Bee” ‘Lil Kim rose up from the same hole in her classic “hard core” pose to spit her verse from “All About the Benjamins”. The set would not have been complete without a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. A huge screen flicked images of the late rapper while his verse from “Mo Money Mo Problems” played in the background. I was dancing in front of the screen the ENTIRE TIME. Diddy did that!
3. One of the most anticipated performances of the night was the tribute to Janet Jackson as the recipient of this year’s Icon Award. Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara hit the stage to cover some of Janet’s most memorable choreography and they didn’t disappoint. Tinashe gave us young Janet while nailing her solo “Pleasure Principle” moves, Jason did his thing with his rendition of the icon’s 2001 hit “All For You” and Ciara killed the choreography for Damita Jo’s classic smash “If (I Was Your Girl)”. The tribute ended fittingly with the three young stars joining forces for a performance to one of Janet’s biggest hits “Rhythm Nation”. My only complaint was that the tribute was WAY too short and although she was never confirmed to, I wish Janet had performed herself. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see her on her upcoming comeback tour.
4. Although it wasn’t one of my favorite moments, the feud ending performance featuring Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle was definitely chatworthy. The singers performed their own songs, “Hard To Do” and “If I Don’t Have You” before Tamar apologized for whatever she said to hurt K in the first place and the two went on to perform a duet of Patti LaBelle’s classic “If Only You Knew”. They were joined by the veteran diva herself and miss Patti showed them how it should be done. As honorable as the truce was, I don’t know if I bought it. It was chatworthy none the less.
5. Who knew FOX’s hit show Empire would translate into real songs and performances? I sure didn’t but I enjoyed watching the set that included the show’s stars Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Serayah. Jussie used the moment to make a statement about equality in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on marriage equality. “No one is free until we are all free,” Smollett said.
6. In an industry full of flamboyance and ego, Smokey Robinson’s speech while accepting this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award showed exactly why the legend has been so successful…his humility. He gave industry youngsters a much need lecture on exactly that. “You didn’t start this. You were not the first in line. The line started way, way, way, way, way before your great, great, great grandparents were born. Also, you are not the end of the line. So don’t be so full of yourselves.” Spoken like a true vet. After Tori Kelly, Robin Thicke and Neyo performed some of his biggest hits, Mr. Smokey hit the stage to sing a few of his own songs. Epic!
Other notable performances included Nicki Minaj and rapper/boyfriend Meek Mill hitting the stage together to perform their new duet “All Eyes on You”, Alicia Keys joining The Weekend for a remix of his mega hit “You Earned It”, Chris Brown, Tyga and Omarion performing their singles “Ayo” and “Posed to Be” and Fetty Wap closing out the show with his monster jam “Trap Queen”.
Wanna watch the clips of our 6 chatworthy moments? Catch them below! (Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to move through the clips)