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This year’s BET Awards took on the slogan “Anything Can Happen” and played the slogan to a tee. Hosted in the heart of down town Los Angeles (DTLA) at the Nokia Theater L.A Live on Sunday, June 30th, the BET Awards was ready to once again keep its claim to fame as being one of the most watched shows in cable television history according to the Nielsen Company. Before the show kicked off, celebrities got to tell us what they were looking forward to. An overwhelming amount of celebs couldn’t wait to see Chris Tucker host the BET Awards, especially actress/comedian and host Bresha Webb from TVone’s “Love That Girl.”
“To see Chris Tucker -- I haven’t seen him do some stand-up in a while. So being a comedian myself, I’m very excited to see what he’s gonna pull out of his sleeve. A little “Friday” throwback, that would be cool,” Webb giggled.
Others said they couldn’t wait to watch Charlie Wilson’s tribute, including Wilson himself who said he is grateful to be honored by BET.
“I’ve watched this awards, particular awards, like for the last 12 years and I’ve seen all of my friends and all the superstar friends I have, but then I remember now, as I look back, nobody at that time that received this award, the Lifetime Achievement Award did not have a hit record. However, yours truly, Uncle Charlie, is on fire…nine #1 records straight, 3-4 albums, first single is coming down off the charts, second single is already in the top 5, so it feels a little weird getting the Lifetime Achievement Award when you’re so fresh and so new it seems like, but it’s still a great feeling,” Wilson said.
Eye candy was everywhere on the red carpet. U.S. Olympic gymnast, Gabrielle Douglas looked stunning as ever in a black and gold gown and Meagan Good looked not just good, but great in a blue gown alongside her husband who was also dressed sharp. We spotted Jamie Foxx in all white, sporting a Trayvon Martin v-neck, representative of the controversial trial currently taking place. Of course, we saw an assortment of accessories ranging from gold chains to snakes? Yes, real snakes. French Montana sported a hooded short sleeve shirt with snakes attached (of course, not living snakes). We asked about it and this is what he told us.
“They threw me an avatar. I wrestled the tigers and the snakes and I came out wearing ‘em. I came from the bottom, so when they throw you in the jungle that’s how you gotta come back out,” French said as he smiled.
And of course 2 Chainz sported two gold chains and told us to look forward to him performing his new single “Tomorrow” with Pharrell and collaboration on “Problems” with A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar.
Chris Tucker hosted this year’s BET Awards and his jokes and spontaneity had the crowd laughing. He even mentioned a shout out to President Obama saying, “Give it up for President Obama, he gotta be watching this show.” Chris Brown took the stage first and performed several of his hits including his newly released single “Fine China” and was later joined by Nicki Minaj who made a flying entrance to the stage to perform “Love More” surprising the audience.
The first award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist was given to Miguel by “House of Lies” and “Iron Man” actor Don Cheadle. Miguel lit the stage up not once, but TWICE that night, with an elegant performance alongside Mariah Carey and Young Jeezy of her new single “#Beautiful.” Mimi looked elegant in a white crystallized dress surrounded by chandeliers and gold. Miguel also performed with Kendrick Lamar on their song together “How Many Drinks.” Kendrick had his fair share of performances as well, performing songs off his album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, such as “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” featuring Erykah Badu.
Other performances included Robin Thicke, who performed his hit single “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell and T.I. R. Kelly’s performance included a choir who sung his hits acapella along the aisles of the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Ciara and Nicki Minaj also performed their new single “I’m Out” and Ciara ended with “Body Party” displaying her smooth dance moves. The biggest performance of all though, was the presentation of the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award, to Charlie Wilson. Justin Timberlake presented the award and the tribute performances began. First, was India Arie who did a rendition of “There Goes My Baby” and next was Jamie Foxx who serenaded the crowd with “Yearning For Your Love.” Uncle Charlie looked extremely happy as he danced and sang along to his very own hits during the tribute; He even covered his mouth in awe as Stevie Wonder performed “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me).” This was the treat Uncle Charlie told me to wait for. He got up on stage and performed alongside Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Snoop Lion for 2003’s “Beautiful.” They continued to keep the crowd jumping as they performed “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” and “Girl You Knock Me Out.” First name Charlie, last name Wilson gave the crowd the bridge between R&B and Hip Hop and continues to do so with his current music and projects.
The 2013 BET Awards also included many prime actors and actresses such as the cast of “The Best Man Holiday:” Melissa De Sousa, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Harold Perrineau and Sanaa Lathan. The movie is set to premiere in November of this year. “Think Like A Man 2” cast Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Meagan Good also presented at the BET Awards. The comedy/romance movie is set to be in theaters in summer of 2014. “Think Like A Man” took home the award for Best Movie. Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan presented the award for Best Collaboration to A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar for their song “Problems”. Whitaker and Jordan also spoke about their new film “Fruitvale Station,” which is set to open in theaters this month. Best Actress was awarded to Kerry Washington and Best Actor to Jamie Foxx.
Many artists and sports stars brought home more than one award. Those artists include Kendrick Lamar who won Best New Artist and Best Male Hip Hop Artist. Gabrielle Douglas won both the YoungStars Award and Subway Sportswoman of the Year. Subway Sportsman of the Year went to National Champion, Lebron James. Nicki Minaj took home the “Best Female Hip Hop Artist,” which she says is her fourth award in a row as she thanked her fans that are in her words, “great humans before fans.” Drake was awarded “Best Video of the Year” and the “Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award.” And for the fourth year in a row, Chris Brown was honored with the Fandemonium Award. Rihanna was honored with the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Mary Mary racked up an award for Best Gospel Artist competing against talents like Marvin Sapp and Tamela Mann. Mann performed her hit “Take Me To The King,” following the moving In Memoriam tributes to Kriss Kross’ member Chris Kelly and blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland.
Towards the end of the night a Caribbean music tribute took place, which included a collaboration medley performance between Beenie Man, Dawn Penn’s club anthem “No, No, No” and “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers. The last performance of the night was Janelle Monae who electrified the crowd as she performed her funky single “Q.U.E.E.N” featuring Erykah Badu and a large white poodle.
The night put a fabulous end to the entire BET Experience, which highlighted urban talents across the acting, music and sports industries. The performances truly made the entire show fun to watch and awards given to truly deserving individuals. DTLA loves you BET! Until next time!