The 12th annual BET Awards from Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium brought out the hottest celebrity names from music, TV, and film. The Awards were better this year than what they have been in while as they were hosted by Sammuel L Jackson.
The show had some great minutes while other moments had viewers scratching their heads.
Obviously, Kanye West’s companion was Kim Kardashian. West, Big Sea, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz opened the show performing “Mercy” and “Too Cold.” Kayne who was latter accompanied by Jay-Z, were the first to win awards for the Best Group.
Here is a list of the Best, Worst and WFT from the show.
• Best Female Hip-Hop Artist winner Nicki Minaj this was not surprise, however, when she accepted the award, she ended her speech with “Get your d**k up, n***a!” Nicki won fans with an actually decent performance and then lost them again with her split personality acceptance speech.
• Three-time Fandemonium Award winner Chris Brown took home an award.
• Best Female R&B Artist and Video Director of the Year, Beyonce was honored with an award.
• Fallen musical icons, Whitney Houston, Donna Summers, Nick Ashford, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and Hal Jackson were all remembered with unforgettable tributes. Whitney Houston’s tribute brought the crowd to tears. Houston’s tribute was the biggest highlight of the night.
Mariah Carey opened the tribute speaking kind memories of her late friend stating, “I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.” Yes, Whitney was a legend and we all mourn her death, but the 15 seconds of reaction fame that Soulja Boy received during her tribute, dirty nails and all was just…a mess.
• What was with all the obscenities? Much of Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross’ lyrics were censored out for the use of foul and obscene language during the performances. It was a bit of a turn off to have so much of their performances muted.
• Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z face-off. The husband and wife jokingly battled for the Video of the Year Award. Though it was a pretty tough competition, Jay-Z and West took home the award for their song “Otis.”
• This awkward double date was made even more awkward when Beyonce chose not to engage with Kardashian, and even Jay-Z gave the spotlight hog the cold shoulder. Kim’s moment didn’t quite happen the way Kris Jenner planned it.
• “Two distinguished Morehouse men,” Lee joked after the performance, referencing the alma mater of the two.
• Gospel star Yolanda Adams, who also performed, gently took some of her peers to task as she won best gospel artist, urging them to act mature and use their fame wisely. “We need all of you all,” she said. “I’m saying the world needs everyone in this room. Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly, ’cause we’re watching. Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us.”
• Willow Smith debuts official music video. The world premiere of Smith’s new single, “ I Am Me,” had the live audience pumped at the Pre-BET Awards Show.
• D’Angelo also performed, his first televised performance in 12 years as he attempts a comeback, for the first time. Singing one of his greatest hits “How Does It Feel.”
Drake, however, did not show, despite being nominated.