6 best things about the BET Awards
The BET Awards is never predictable, but you can always count on a few interesting outfits, good jokes, a major flub worth tweeting about, a little Jesus, and a political message to counteract any ratchetness. This year’s celebration was hosted by Blackish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson who kept the quality jokes coming! Anderson and Ellis-Ross opened with a song that rounded up the last few weeks in pop culture and continued the shenanigans throughout the night with skits about Empire, Tracee’s rap alter ego “T-Murda” and were even joined by their TV children for a quick “Watch Me” performance with Silento. As entertaining as the duo was they weren’t the only good parts of this year’s celebration. Check out the best moments of the 2015 BET Awards below:
Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance
After the week we’ve had it was only appropriate to open the show with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”. Kendrick rapped atop a graffiti covered police car in front of a huge American flag while dancers did their thing on stage.
Janet Jackson’s Icon Tribute
Introduced by none other than Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Ciara and Jason DeRulo delivered a dance-based tribute to Janet Jackson and because, well, we know Beyonce isn’t jumping on a BET stage anytime soon, Tinashe joined them. Janet did not perform herself – you’ll have to pay if you want to see that! – but did give a speech in which she thanked her billionaire beau as she accepted her icon award.
Who is beefing with Tamar?
Two reality stars came together to squash a feud nobody knew was going on. Neither performance was particularly memorable but Tamar’s facial expressions gave us a few weeks worth of memes.
Empire gets political
Somehow a scripted television show with only 12 episodes has managed to produce more hits than your average reality star on a show about music. The Empire cast was present and no other than Luscious Lyon introduced his top three artists to perform a medley of their hits.
Yazz the Great Hakeem, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Tiana performed No Apologies, Drip Drop, and ended with the label’s signature song “You’re So Beautiful”. While ending the tribute, Smollett managed to tie in a break in the song simultaneously acknowledging the Supreme Court’s decision to honor same-sex marriages nationwide and the recent acts of terror and hate against African Americans in a brief but powerful monologue. He even changed the lyrics to “this the type of song that makes a man love a man”. How sweet!
Bad Boy proved they ain’t going nowhere…
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Bad Boy, Puff, Mase, Faith Evans and the original Queen Bee/Black Barbie Lil’ Kim reunited for a medley of some of their greatest hits. Of course you can’t celebrate Bad Boy without Biggie Smalls so a montage of his photos appeared on the screen as a slowed down version of his verse from ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ played. Noticeably missing from the performance were Craig Mack, Total, Black Rob and the best group reality TV has ever produced ‘Da Band.
Nicki Minaj’s annual “shade, no shade” but really it’s shade comment
Nicki may have forgotten which award she was accepting, but she didn’t forget to throw shade during her speech for Viewer’s Choice Award. Nicki started off encouraging, telling fans “Please make it your business to follow your dreams because one day you will wake up and your dreams will be gone.” If you don’t take that advice? You’ll have no one to blame but yourself. Possible shot at ex-Safaree?
Bitch Better Let Rihanna Have Her Money…
Rihanna only showed up to promote her upcoming video for Bitch Better Have My Money. The one minute clip leaves you a bit curious about the rest but the video you really want to see is what went down before Rih hit the stage. Rumor has it RiRi had been collecting money from celebs all night and wanted to take the cash on stage and throw it in the air. When Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music and programming, wouldn’t allow it Rih threw the cash in his face and said, “That’s why I fucking hate coming to BET”. The two later hugged it out on Instagram saying all was forgiven. Check out the barely audible video below:
Rihanna’s full argument before throwing the cash and walking out pic.twitter.com/E30ynoQLmg
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 29, 2015