Sunday night was the 10th Anniversary of the BET Awards. As we did last year, we reluctantly watched, hoping that we wouldn’t be too embarrassed or disappointed. And you know what, we were pleasantly surprised. Those focus groups and/or feedback from last year’s debauchery seemed to be taken into account in this year’s event. Packed with surprises, faces old and new, great performances and tributes (though not many “awards”), it was overall a much improved event. Here were some of our favorite moments of the night:
Nia Long and Larenz Tate bringing back Love Jones: “Love Jones” was one of the best black love stories on film in our lifetime. When Nia and Larenz brought back poetry from the movie including “A Blues for Nina,” we saw they still have undeniable chemistry (it was getting heated on stage!)! Can we get a “Love Jones 2′?
El DeBarge Performance: Where has HE been hiding? Didn’t we all love El growing up? He was a part of that black male pop/R&B vocalist triple threat: Michael, Prince, and El. Did you ever wonder why long hair, makeup, and a high-pitched voice was considered sexy in the 80s? I don’t know, but we loved them all, didn’t we? But I digress… Anyway, El was one of the biggest surprises of the night, coming out looking like the black James Dean and performing some of our favorite songs from the pique of his career.
John Legend receiving the Humanitarian Award: It was nice to see BET honor John Legend for his philanthropic and charity work he has done over the years. Well deserved!
Michael Jackson Tribute: We will never forget what Chris Brown did to Rihanna. His actions were despicable and unacceptable. However, he did rock the house on Sunday night. One of the best Michael Jackson tributes we’ve seen.
Prince Tribute: Prince was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and many people tuned in just for that performance. Though Prince did not perform himself (bummer!), we did get an amazing mix of fresh faces (Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spalding) and familiar voices (Patti LaBelle and Alicia Keys). And you know you are a legend when Patti LaBelle kicks off her Louboutin singing your song!
Nominee Baby Photos: It was a cute touch to show the baby pictures of all of the award nominees. The photo shown in this picture is Sade. Wasn’t she a cutie?
What were your favorite moments from the BET Awards?