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ENOUGH With the BET Awards Bashing

Posted by T. Adeyemi on July 2, 2009

Initially, I told myself the BET Awards spoke for itself last Sunday. However, after listening to the continued backlash against certain artist (cough cough Keri Hilson) I decided that a sound voice must be heard.

First, Black people let me make this statement, “Do not always be so quick to judge.” In hearing the resentment via Twitter, other websites that don’t deserve the shout out, blogs, & text messages I think the ignorant and harsh comments made about parts of the BET Awards were somewhat warranted but completely overdone. It seems to me that Black people, we as a race are continually are own biggest critic. (And not to make this about race, but why is it so hard for Black people to support Black people?) Yet, the same celebrities, rappers, actors, actresses, & athletes that we condemn for their ignorant and inappropriate behavior we turn right around and still support financially whenever they present a new endeavor.

With that being said, let me present to you the foolish, asinine, beyond ignorant, and the “Please LORD Make it Stop” people & events of last night. Now, even though I’m reprimanding those who have bashed the BET Awards, sometimes you have to be a little bit hypocritical and discuss the bad so that the good things can receive their just due.

The most foolish person of the night was Bobby Brown for sticking his tongue out in a licking manner. Now, normally Bobby’s aggressive sexual antics (which were his calling card in his hay day) would just be absorbed as for lack of a better term, “Bobby being Bobby.” Its a shame that’s the same phrase that comes to mind when I see news headlines like this. Irregardless, Bobby’s antics were completely foolish especially since he did that tongue roll while performing a Jackson 5 rendition with New Edition. Come on Bobby, everything is NOT your prerogative.

The asinine event of the night was Lil’ Wayne ruining Drake’s second national television performance. No, you know what I take that back. Drake brought that on himself as Weezy seemed to “forget”, A) That the show was live & B) That this was not the Source Awards. As about the full gambit of Young Money performed “Every Girl” Wayne preceded to lead out with his uncensored version. Meanwhile, the stage was littered with what looked CLEARLY to be underage girls to have been bouncing around the stage.

The most ignorant person of the night you ask? Come on, who else but T-Pain’s ignorant *ss. T-Pain decided to don his previously debuted “Big Ass Chain.” Now the fact that we’re facing a recession and that the show was an impromptu tribute to “The King of Pop,” I guess didn’t cross Pain’s mind. I swear, some Black people just find a way to act like niggas. Point Blank Period.

As you read this I believe that Don Cornelius just finished reading the teleprompter since Sunday night. The once acclaimed Soul Train host had everybody in the audience and especially at home, “Please LORD Make it Stop.” Now, I usually try not to criticize children & senior citizens however, Cornelius took a show that was moving at a moderate pace and slowed it down so much everyone backstage went through the soul train line. It was confirmed to me how bad he was when you realized people were clapping at different points where you thought he was finished talking. Whoever decided Cornelius would be the perfect guy to introduce the O’Jay’s should be fired, honestly! Anybody hear that several states are pushing for elderly driver’s to retake the driver’s license test? Well put Don down first on that list.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s highlight the standout moments. For the most beautiful/sexy/classy person of the night look no further than Alicia Keys. She looked stunningly beautiful as she accepted her Humanitarian Award. And even though I didn’t text that number and pledge $5, I still respect her selflessness towards a cause.

Several performances stuck out as highlights even amongst the lackluster showings by Soulja Boy and the aforementioned Keri Hilson. Minus Bobby’s antics New Edition’s Jackson 5 rendition also started the show off on a good note. But the best tribute of the night hands down was the surprising trio of Tyrese, Johnny Gil, & Trey Songz. All 3 showcased their vocal talents, capped off by their version of the O’Jay’s “Stairway to Heaven.” By the way, was I the only one that forgot Tyrese could sing like that? Model, actor, and singer…he’s a talented dude.

Not to be outdone soulful singer Maxwell made his return to the limelight performing his latest single, “Pretty Wings.” This song has steadily gained more & more steam leading up to Maxwell’s album release on July 7th. Coincidentally, “Pretty Wings” lent itself perfectly to becoming an acknowledgment to the passing of Michael Jackson.Even with Maxwell’s return to the stage the performance that excited the crowd was Jay-Z’s semi-live music video of “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune).” Jigga displayed an elevated level of energy as he performed the street single off his upcoming “Blueprint 3” LP.

The MVP’s of the show were without a doubt Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo. As much as I thought Ne-Yo was lacking vocally, he gave onlookers twice that much in performance every time he graced the stage. BET got it right when Ne-Yo performed the “Year of the Gentlemen” recognition that brought out the likes of Keith Sweat, Guy, & BBD. Ne-Yo most courageous moments may have come each time he removed his signature headgear to reveal a bald head that some were saying gave him a strong resemblance to Little Bill. LoL

All in all BET tried. They tried to give their viewers the best show possible. They tried to still put out their best product amidst a feeling that they HAD to pay homage to Michael Jacks0n in an extraordinary way on such short notice. Not that death is ever scheduled, but BET tried to upgrade from previous years by having a better backdrop to the stage and by adding new camera angles. People, especially Black people before we continue to down a show & network that has attempted to give a plethora of Black actors, activists, rappers, singers, & athletes a voice over the years remember how difficult it is to produce an almost 3 hour award show. Mind you, a show that was planned out for 11 months and then need to be completely revamped 72 hours before the show was to air LIVE. Lastly, keep in mind that the BET Awards have only been in existence since 2001. So for the HATERS, as bad as you all claim the show was…it STILL had the highest TV ratings of any program last Sunday night. And besides being the most watched BET Awards to date, remember BET only invites but doesn’t control the foolish behaviors of the same artists we all continue to support.

“Be Real, Be True, Keep it 100.”

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2 Responses to “ENOUGH With the BET Awards Bashing”

  1. Ryan G said

    Ok first of all this is my opinion . Does BET get an excuse because of short notices to those who think the show was horrible…NO. Why because even though the BET awards has only been airing for 9 years, the people backstage haven’t been in the industry for only 9 years so…NO. Now do ‘I’ think it was a good show overall WITH the “trying” addition of a MJ tribute…NO. Do I think it was a good show for the short amount of time to re-do a whole show…YES. Now…I think they should have done basically an extended lifetime achievement video like the OJays, gave an award and invited the whole Jackson family to except it on behalf of MJ, and got all the rights and everything straight before hand, right after his death, to do a tribute show in late Aug., Sept., or early Oct. I feel…better yet I know that people and us ‘black’ people would’ve have understood why BET couldn’t have done an elaborate tribute at the awards show because of time constraints. Instead of ‘slapping’ something together at the last minute and it not be “GREAT”, people would have understood and respected the more elaborated achievement video and award. As black people I felt that BET thought “THIS IS MIKE! HE WAS BLACK! WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING “FIRST” BEFORE MTV OR VH-1, OR ANOTHER NETWORK!” and basically it backfired. I feel that the pride of black people and BET wanting so bad to be the “FIRST” network to do something for MJ backfired. If you think someone like MJ should deserve an over the top tribute and he should, like a 3-5 hour long special! Why would you jeopardize a GREAT tribute if you “WERE NOT” trying to brag and boast about being the first by rushing it. Now another tribute HAS TO, AND WILL be redone. For the sake of BET and a “BLACK NETWORK” I hope BET does it, because if they don’t all of that extra work will go down the drain…a complete failure…Why? Because the next tribute for MJ will be “PLANNED” and you better believe it will be “GREAT!”

    Lastly, If you “BET” had the manpower, skills, and talent, to rewrite a show for the circumstances together in less than a week. Stop and think how fast you all could’ve did what I mentioned above, brought the rights to his music, make a theatrical commercial for the “PLANNED” tribute to be shown at the BET awards, and get a proper tribute together in the next 3 months!!! (And even maybe with the help of MTV, VH-1, or whoever), but…no we as Black people couldn’t put the pride to the side.

    And one more thing I don’t think its right to bash the other acts REMEMBER this was the BET AWARDS 09 SHOW FIRST! NOT A MJ TRIBUTE FIRST, people need to understand that before bashing all of the other performances not dealing with MJ. If anything get mad at BET for “TRYING” to mix in a tribute to MJ with music out now. I feel it is not the artists fault. As far as sound goes for the majority of the live performances it sounds HORRIBLE every year so WHAT’S NEW????

  2. Ryan G said

    Ok first of all this is my opinion . Does BET get an excuse because of short notices to those who think the show was horrible…NO. Why because even though the BET awards has only been airing for 9 years, the people backstage haven’t been in the industry for only 9 years so…NO. Now do ‘I’ think it was a good show overall WITH the “trying” addition of a MJ tribute…NO. Do I think it was a good show for the short amount of time to re-do a whole show…YES. Now…I think they should have done basically an extended lifetime achievement video like the OJays, gave an award and invited the whole Jackson family to except it on behalf of MJ, and got all the rights and everything straight before hand, right after his death, to do a tribute show in late Aug., Sept., or early Oct. I feel…better yet I know that people and us ‘black’ people would’ve have understood why BET couldn’t have done an elaborate tribute at the awards show because of time constraints. Instead of ‘slapping’ something together at the last minute and it not be “GREAT”, people would have understood and respected the more elaborated achievement video and award. As black people I felt that BET thought “THIS IS MIKE! HE WAS BLACK! WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING “FIRST” BEFORE MTV OR VH-1, OR ANOTHER NETWORK!” and basically it backfired. I feel that the pride of black people and BET wanting so bad to be the “FIRST” network to do something for MJ backfired. If you think someone like MJ should deserve an over the top tribute and he should, like a 3-5 hour long special! Why would you jeopardize a GREAT tribute if you “WERE NOT” trying to brag and boast about being the first by rushing it. Now another tribute HAS TO, AND WILL be redone. For the sake of BET and a “BLACK NETWORK” I hope BET does it, because if they don’t all of that extra work will go down the drain…a complete failure…Why? Because the next tribute for MJ will be “PLANNED” and you better believe it will be “GREAT!”

    Lastly, If you “BET” had the manpower, skills, and talent, to rewrite a show for the circumstances together in less than a week. Stop and think how fast you all could’ve did what I mentioned above, brought the rights to his music, make a theatrical commercial for the “PLANNED” tribute to be shown at the BET awards, and get a proper tribute together in the next 3 months!!! (And even maybe with the help of MTV, VH-1, or whoever), but…no we as Black people couldn’t put the pride to the side.

    And one more thing I don’t think its right to bash the other acts REMEMBER this was the BET AWARDS 09 SHOW FIRST! NOT A MJ TRIBUTE FIRST, people need to understand that before bashing all of the other performances not dealing with MJ. If anything get mad at BET for “TRYING” to mix in a tribute to MJ with music out now. I feel it is not the artists fault. As far as sound goes for the majority of the live performances it sounds HORRIBLE every year so WHAT’S NEW????

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