BET took over the Shrine Auditorium in LA last night to throw their biggest party of the year … The BET Awards. Covering a range of categories — from music to athletics to comedy to acting — the BET Awards honors the folks who gave us the best performances over the last year … you know, just like pretty much everyone else (from MTV to TV Land) does. Here are a few pics of some of the lovely ladies who made their way down the red carpet last night:
For the most part, all of the ladies who showed up for the BET Awards were lookin’ pretty hot … only Lil’ Kim looked a little peeved at something. She was throwin’ dagger with her eyes all over the place … dunno what her deal was. Nonetheless, there was a whole lotta pretty on the red carpet. Only the guys wore the ridiculous outfits (Chris Brown shopping with Michael Jackson? T-Pain shopping with a blind assistant?). But the BET Awards aren’t only about the fashions … they also had a few awards to hand out to some deserving folks …
Here are a few pics of some of the winners and live performances from last night’s show:
Kanye West, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys were big winners at Tuesday’s Black Entertainment Television Awards in Los Angeles. Kanye West, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys were big winners at Tuesday’s Black Entertainment Television Awards in Los Angeles. West came out a double winner, snagging awards for both Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best Collaboration for his single “Good Life,” sharing the award with rapper-producer T-Pain. West brought Lil’ Wayne onstage when he accepted the for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, praising the fellow rapper for being his biggest competition. Lil’ Wayne, who sold one million copies of his recent album in its first week, returned the favor when he picked up the Viewers’ Choice Award for “Lollipop.” Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist award at the star-studded event, hosted by DL Hughley, which boasted an opening performance of “Love In This Club” by Usher. Brown enlisted the help of Ciara for his “Take You Down” performance, while the crooner’s girlfriend Rihanna entertained the audience with her ballad “Take a Bow” … ill Scott, Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell paid a musical tribute to Al Green who received the Legendary Lifetime Award. Actress Queen Latifah presented Quincy Jones with the Humanitarian Award.
The performances were hot — I loved the Ciara and Chris Brown collabo (Ciara is actually one of my fave performers, she doesn’t get nearly as much love as she should). Quincy Jones is seriously the man … he is truly a legend and it’s wonderful that his humanitarian efforts were acknowledged by the folks at BET:
Queen Latifah introduced Humanitarian Award recipient Quincy Jones, calling him “an international artist, an innovator … and a leader.” “He showed us black entertainment is more than just a hustle,” she said. “It’s more than just selling albums. It’s about inspiration.” Jones said growing up on the south side of Chicago during the depression moved him to give back to people in need. “My piece of bread only belongs to me if everybody has a piece to eat,” he said. Receiving the award “is one of the very treasured moments of my life,” Jones said, “and I always hope to live up to this honor.”
Jennifer Hudson, who was in attendance last night, did not perform during the show but she did debut her new music video (her first) for her single Spotlight from her debut self-titled album which is due out in September … check it out:
And lastly, altho Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, was not in the hiz at last night’s awards show, he was deffo the talk of pretty much everyone in attendance, as you may well imagine:
“If we all register and vote, we will have the first black president in the history of America,” Sean “Diddy” Combs told the crowd Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium before chanting “Obama or Die” — a declarative remix of his neutral “Vote or Die” motto from the 2004 presidential election, when he attempted to boost the youth vote. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was just a few blocks away at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a fundraiser with a Hollywood guest list that included supermodels Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and movie stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Malkovich. While Obama didn’t make an appearance at the BET Awards — either live or on tape — his presence was felt. As she picked up her award for best female R&B artist, Alicia Keys told the crowd that it’s time for black people to erase the word “can’t” from their vocabulary. “Together we can do anything,” she said, playing on the Democrat’s “Yes We Can” mantra before shouting: “Obama y’all!” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, failed to merit a shoutout by any of the BET presenters or performers.
LOL! No love for McCain at the BET Awards? I’m shocked. Hahahahaha! But anyways, the 2008 BET Awards went off without a hitch … and should tide us over until the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles, CA, go down on September 7. Click HERE for a full list of 2008 BET Award winners.
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