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The 2012 BET Awards Was Surprisingly Good. They Did Whitney RIGHT

I can truly say that BET did a good job with one of their programs. This is high praise, seeing as how I’ve wanted to just fight during past award shows. This year’s was actually really good and I enjoyed it, so kudos to the folks over at BET for tryna do better. And actually succeeding. Everything wasn’t perfect, of course, but overall, it was entertaining.

Anyways, my recap will be in the form of questions. Because yeah. That’s how I’ma roll. Let’s get into it:

* During the award preshow, why did they misspell the names of Debra Lee (they used “Deborah”) and Ginuwine (they spelled is Genuine. The one time they wanna pay attention to spell check is when they’re not supposed to?). For real. How you gon misspell the names of your CEO and a dude who been bodyrolling on your channel since 1994, BET?

* As Kanye West and Big Sean and the other all-white wearing Hood angels performed to open the show, why were they censored so hard? There was a point where all I heard was silence for 20 seconds and I thought my TV had malfunctioned. Related:

* Who was the heavy-handed person with the censor button last night? They failed and need to go back to training.

* Why did Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee do a rap when they know they don’t have the lung capacity nor the in shape body for it? They were like two old uncles at the family reunion’s talent show. By halfway through their mock performance, they were wheezing. Bless their hearts. Someone come get UNCAH SAM and UNCAH SPIKE outta the paint.

* Why was Jay-Z dressed like Pee Wee Herman and Kanye from the 808s & Heartbreaks single?

* How does Kevin Hart win “Best Actor” in a category that included Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Idris Elba (hey boo!)? I mean, I get it that he was the only one present but if they knew they wanted to give him an award, they shouldn’t have nominated any of those heavy hitters. They shoulda just put Terrence J in the category and Mike Epps. THEN it’d make sense.

* I have SO many questions about Kim Kardashian. Did Kanye brief her on how to act at the BET Awards by telling her “Just do what I do. Nothing more.” She was acting like he was Gepetto and she was Pinocchio. Why did she only stand whenever Kanye was standing? And sometimes, she stood when he did and she shouldn’t have, like when Big Sean won and Kanye stood to hug him. Kim got up too and got treated as Big Sean walked right passed her. AWKWARD.

* Didn’t Chanté Moore SLAY that Donna Summer tribute? She hit this super respectable high note and gave me life. Also related, why didn’t I realize that was Chanté until folks told me. She looks so different. Does she still have that man at home?

* Why didn’t I know most of the people and songs that were being nominated for awards? I kept being like “who are these stranger bishes?”

* Why was I pleasantly unbothered by Nicki Minaj’s performance? For ME, this is victory because typically, her sets leave me wanting to fight the air. This time, all I did was file my nails.

* How did Wale and Miguel win anything over Beyoncé? Also, why was Miguel there with hair like Cameron Diaz’s when she had that *cough* cowlick in There’s Something About Mary?

Wale Folarin Miguel BET Awards 2012

* Why was I waiting for that HTC pad they were using to announce the winners to run outta battery? I just KNEW they were gon start reading winners off notebook paper. But it held up. Good job!

* Why did Valerie Simpson‘s tribute to Ashford touch my soul so much? It was amazing to watch her sing for her partner of so long who is no longer here. I loved it. But *whispers* why was Valerie’s hair like Mario’s raccoon cap whenever he eats that special mushroom? I’m just asking.

* Why am I looking forward to The Real Househusbands of Hollywood so much?

* So Usher REALLY performed looking like he was about to go hooping at the up top, and teach calisthenics class in the bottom? I mean, really. Who is his stylist and who told him leather leggings with pink moon boots were what’s hot? Whoever did it did not like him. I don’t much remember how well he performed, since I was too distracted by the 35-year old singing in liquid leggings. But ok.

* Why did Chris Brown perform with half his body painted in ash? And, I’m over his pop techno performances, and how he loves to lip synch for his life.

* I love her but why does Yolanda Adams win EVERY single gospel award? I mean, dang. Kim Burrell was in her category and she is EVERYTHING. They don’t show her enough love. Also, why did I wish they coulda called Sandman Sam to come get Yolanda off the stage when she was accepting her award and giving #shourrouts to everyone she ever met. Ma’am, we got a schedule to keep.

* Why was D’Angelo’s performance so dope? I mean, THAT was some good music right there. He is back, y’all! Also related, Why did they take out D’Angelo’s braids the night before and ain’t wash his hair? His hair looked like it smelled like pink oil lotion and dirt. Bless him.

D'Angelo BET Awards 2012

* Who was the writer who thought it’d be a good idea to give the little crooning tweens named Mindless Behavior a Lauryn Hill joke to read? WHO WAS IT? They don’t e’em have the right to shade Lauryn, because they weren’t e’em born in 1998. I was NOT here for that. (-___-)

* Why’s Beyonce so classy? I love how when she accepted her award from the Mindless Quad, she made sure to pay homage to Lauryn Hill. Musta been her way of being all “Y’all tried it. Don’t insult that legend when you haven’t hit puberty yet.” I loved Bey for that.

* Why am I pretty sure that Beyoncé gon put her BET Awards (she won 2 last night) in storage? She got Grammys to display. Bey got on stage like “Yall are cute for this award but I’ont gibbadamb bout it. Thanks though.” MMHMM

* What sports bra did Rick Ross have on last night? It seemed very supportive of his mammaries during his performance.

Frankie Beverly at BET Awards

Frankie Beverly at BET Awards. Pic from

* Why is Frankie Beverly still lowkey FAHN though? That old man got on that stage and told folks “Don’t fall for the flava of the week, baby.” He’s so smooth. And his performance took me back! Anytime I hear Frankie Beverly & Maze music, I just wanna put on a linen suit, find a club called “7” and step my night away. Frankie’s voice gve way in mid-performance though and no one gave a damb. I love it. I’ma blame it on BET’s Radio Shack microphones though, because he was basically screaming at one point. Maybe they coulda helped a brother out by adjusting sound levels so he wouldn’t have to do all’at.

* Also, while that performance, why was Kim K standing by Kanye looking all removed? Like “This is interesting. Is this Harry Belafonte?” Chile…

* Why was Busta Rhymes and his U.S. flag wifebeater looking like a Patriotic Mighty Mouse?

* Why is Sam Jackson so hilarious? He introduced Tyler Perry with “the actor and actress” and iDied.

* Why did MC Lyte announce TJ Holmes but he never showed up? Talk about that awkward moment when… where was he? Did someone forget to email him to say he was presenting an award? Chile…

* Why do I appreciate Rev. Al’s need to rhyme? When he accepted his speech, he mentioned that people need to vote. “It ain’t just for Obama. It’s for your mama!” YESSS Patron Saint of Permed Activism! I respect you.

The Whitney Houston Tribute

Yes. It gets its own heading and ERRTHANG. I wanted it to be nothing less than everything too. I didn’t want to accept anything less for THE QUEEN. And BET came through.

* Why was I already in my feelings when Mariah Carey came out to talk about her friend, Whitney Houston, and got choked up?

* Why did Monica SANG FOR HER LIFE like this??? I mean, I know why but YES! Mo got up there and gave us gospel realness. She dug deep for notes, found them and gave them to us.

* Why did Brandy rock the house though with “Dance with Somebody?” YESSS GAWDT. I was jamming! And did B-Rocka get a little thick? I like it on her!

* Why did I know I was bout to be thug down when I saw Whitney’s brother, Gary, perform? It’s because I knew Cissy was next.

And then…

Soulja Boy crying BET Awards

Even Soulja Boy was touched.

* Why did Cissy Houston come up there and annihilate ALL thugs in the house as she sang for her baby??? LAWDDDD that woman sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” like there was no one in that room but her, God and Whitney’s spirit. She. SANG. FOR. HER. BABY. There was no way you won’t be touched watching her sing last night. She took us to church, brought us back and just left us there to sit in the sanctuary. As pictures of her and Whitney were displayed behind her, my heart ached for her. I can’t imagine the pain of a mother who has to bury her child. All I know is that, God was in that room as Cissy said goodbye to her daughter one more time. She was just… YES LAWD. I am verklempt just thinking about it.

Cissy Houston BET Awards

After Cissy sang though, the ladies of “Waiting to Exhale” came up to speak.

* Why’s Angela Bassett so FAHN all the gahtdamb tahm???

* Why didn’t I recognize Lela Rochon for a minute. She’s gained a lotta weight.

* Why do I love me some auntie Loretta Divine? She’ont gibbadamb where she going. She will remain herself. Yes, she gon rock a Persian throw around her shoulders at the BET Awards and ain’t nobody gon check her. (-__-)

* Why did Chaka Khan bring down the house with “I’m Every Woman?” It was THE PERFECT way to end the Whitney Houston tribute? Also, why did Chaka look as FAHN as she wanted to look??? My lady was dressed like a bottle of Cristal and I was HERE FOR IT!

* Why am I so proud of BET right now? That Whitney Tribute was perfect. PERFECT. The best one yet and I give them all the props. They did so good with this and really honored her right. It was amazing. GO, BET!!!

* Why didn’t BET just end the show with the Whitney tribute? They just had to let some urban youths perform afterwards, as if the show wasn’t already 3+ hours long.

* Why was it soooo cute when Solange’s boyfie, Alan Ferguson, the video director gave her a shoutout onstage? I loved it.

But yeah 30 more minutes of stuff happened, none of which is really worth me recapping. So I shall end there.

Whatcha think of the BET Awards 2012? Do you agree that it might be the best in recent memory? What was your favorite and least fave parts?

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  1. Bridgette
    July 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I was thinking the same thing about Frankie Beverly. he’s old enough to be my grandaddy but yet he is So damn fine. WoW!

  2. Dinasty
    July 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I cried real tears. Not eem thug tears, but real tears.

    It started with Mariah; I got all misty. Then Monica came on, and I was done from then on out. I tried to hold it together for 2 seconds; it wasn’t happening. Brandy skipping across that stage like Whitney! That “This is for you, Nip” slayed me right in my bed. Then Lela remembered her saying “Hi! I’m Whitney!” and I could just… hear Whit’s voice. Angela started preaching. Chile, it was no hope for me.

    I knew I shouldn’t have watched it again this morning, but I did. And I cried like a baby. Again. I just can’t believe she’s gone. And I choose to remember the good, beautiful, angelic, fun-loving Whitney. That’s how she lives with me.

    Besides Tyrese crooning (as he should only be allowed to do in this life), and Bey giving me ultimate life like she never has before, there was really nothing else worth speaking on.

  3. July 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I got teary-eyed all over again at your recap. Even Soulja Boy’s thug tears couldn’t bring me back from the brink. And I agree… BET did a great job (for a change).

  4. Kim
    July 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Luvvie girl I have been waiting all day for this post. Imma let you pass this time cause I know you got paying gigs (Ebony) and what not.

    But I was a big ol ball of blubber during the Whitney tribute. Watched again today, it just makes me feel like she just died all over again. Much, much respect to Cissy Houston sangin for her Nippy.

    I was so happy BET did not eff this up, cause I would have been creating voodoo dolls of Stephen Hill and Debra Lee and bootstomping all over.

    I thought Usher was excellent, he needs to go on head and let his inner Marvin Gaye out and stop playing with that techno, fist pump music. Those pink boots tho…..

    Overall all I really enjoyed the show and surprised there were not more ratchet moments. But you know there is always next year.

  5. July 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    YES @ you not being bothered by Nicki! This is a huge victory. The performance was perfect and watching Beyonce rap around to “Beez In The Trap” was epic.

    As Nicki is hopefully learning, less is more with her. We love her craziness, but she’s gotta give us the right dosage. The Grammys was 3 tablespoons too much, but it was just right at the BET Awards.

  6. July 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Besides the Whitney tribute of course, my favoritest part was Solange getting a shoutout! We can’t get dudes to claim us on Facebook, and here this man is calling her “the love of his life” on national television. I was like YESSSSSSS SOLO!! You better be in love!

  7. MsDrema
    July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Likeability of the awards show appears to be generational-I loved it. Daughter (16) came home man, that show was terrible. Also, did Chante get another man at home after Dwayne Wayne?

  8. naturalista88
    July 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I, too enjoyed the Whitney tribute and Frankie Beverly & Maze performance. Ms. Norwood and Ms. Khan were definitely packing some rackage in the back, and Chaka gives me “hair envy”; her mane be looking so damn luxurious I be wanting to fight her *lol*.

  9. Nattral
    July 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    A storm rolled through and my cable went out at 8:05p just as the award show was beginning. But it came back on just as Monica was singing her tribute to Whitney. Look at God!

    I thought Monica did great. She needs to do a gospel album stat because her last few R&B albums were flops. I wasn’t feeling Brandy as much. I love Brandy but I think Melanie Fiona would have done a better job singing those two particular songs. Chaka Khan slayed! I think she switched shapes with Lela Rochon who was looking like somebody’s Great Auntie.

    • Dinasty
      July 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      YES! Look at God! He knew you didn’t need to see the rest of the ratchetness.

  10. July 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, I cried when Cissy sang. Touching tribute for her daughter.

  11. Akua
    July 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Dammit Luvvie! I avoided the BET Awards, but just watched the tribute. I’m now laid out on my couch crying like a fool.

  12. July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    First off.. I need there to be a GIF of Soulja Boy crying. I need that on my FB page forever,,,

    as I said on my FB page…Look here ya;ll..JESUS is working all up and thru that tribute! Soulja Boy was crying and sh8t! THERE IS A GOD! Maybe he’ll give up his life to Christ and give up rap….and do us all a favor!then Monica came w/ the “My big phat Nigerian wedding” realness! Whatveer! You better SLAY!!! AND Brandy??? OH..and Mariah sans the twins..and I mean her titties all out! Jesus and motherhood has worked on her! Oh they did this right!!! FINALLY! Something right!

    Debra Lee is the greasiest light skinned woman EVER! Her face be on high-beams all day, erry day!

  13. Stephanie
    July 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I missed the awards but your recap was everything lol. I shall watch the encore with your hilarious thoughts in mind lol.

  14. Margaret
    July 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I like how Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank were trying to sell the idea of their new group TGT. After checking out their 3-way bromance on the pre-show, all I could think was TGT = They Go Together. They further proved my new name for them when the camera showed them sitting together…side-by-side. Did you check out the size of Busta Rhymes? I honestly believe that he ate Mindless Behavior…all 4 of them & he was looking at Tyga like he was hungry again.
    The tribute to Whitney was great & it’s about time BET got it right.

    • Beez
      July 4, 2012 at 5:40 am

      I was trying to figure out what you were meaning by TGT.

  15. @ThatLadyQ
    July 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great recap! I was cracking up at your tweets during the show but I do agree that this was one of BET’s better attempts at a show. Also, Lela Rochon looks like she has been spending way too much time with Loretta Devine eating pecan pie. They still can’t exhale because they will pop a button if they do!

  16. Luxurylatte
    July 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I watched the BET awards. On purpose. And i’m ok with that.

    I loved the Whitney tribute. I’m glad they didn’t have Pat up there lying or Bobby looking blunted out singing “We got something in common”. Can’t put ANYTHING past BET. Most of the performances weren’t too bad. However, umm… performers of color, did you know that for award shows you can do a clean version of your song so you don’t have to be edited every 10 seconds? You thing the American Music Awards would tolerate that rachet bs? You’d never work in this town again if you tried that on a white show, so have some class when your performing for a wide audience at home. Ugh.

    I liked the fact that there were indie artists performing, but did BET have to situate them RIGHT before commercial breaks? Like it was happy hour or something. And Kanye… that dude is comedy. Kim looked like she was so eager for someone to give her props for being there. And none came. From anyone. Hilarious.

    • Dinasty
      July 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      If that was the AMAs or the Grammys, they’d have cut to commercial break with the quicks and snatched souls off that stage. They in tight like that with the FCC.

      “Kim looked like she was so eager for someone to give her props for being there. And none came. From anyone.”

      I hollered. LOL! I don’t have any shade towards Kim; I’m fine being in the minority. But that was hilarious.

  17. Trinity
    July 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Was it wrong of me to be looking for Jaheim to pop out of no where in the willy wonks suit…singing somewhere over the rainbow?? Oh that was just me? Carry on 🙂

  18. Marsha S. Haneiph
    July 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Luvvie, thanks for another fabulous awards show review. You are the best, girl.

  19. ummzeez
    July 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    my question is…. why did BET have to keep puttin the camera on Beyonce before, during, and after each lady performed their set for the tribute, like its an industry standard to see how she liked the performance? like ” did you like it bey? did we do right by it miss bey? can we keep our firstborn now bey?” weird….but maybe thats just me…

  20. Tonia
    July 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I texted my hubby that Angela Basset must drink vampire blood and unicorn tears because it makes NO SENSE for her to look as good as she does!!!

  21. Gwendella
    July 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I was very pleased this year and per usual your recap was on the money. I was über excited to see D’Angelo.

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