6/29/2009

The Highs, Lows, and WTFs of the 2009 BET Awards


THE HIGHS


1.
Jamie Foxx's intro: He had me cracking up rocking the cheap looking Michael Jackson outfits while dancing to "Beat It" and moonwalking.

2. Keri Hilson's performance: Keri really showed how you can pay homage to MJ while still doing your own thing. I think people were a little lost when she did the call and response thing at the end but if you remember the end of the full version of the "Bad" video, you got what she was trying to do.

3. The guy group throwback moment:
Keith Sweat was cool. Guy was good. And Bell Biv Devoe really killed it w/ "Poison"! BET must know how that song always gets Black people hype!

4. The O'Jays tribute: It was nice to see that Tevin Campbell is still alive. And Johnny Gill, Tyrese and Trey Songz did a nice job of reminding us how real R&B should sound.

5.
Maxwell's performance: Another example of good R&B/ neo-soul.

6.
Janet Jackson making a brief appearance: Janet is a good one for being able to even come out on that stage without breaking down into tears. I almost had to break out the tissue. You can see her speech here.


THE LOWS


1. New Edition demolishing the Jackson 5's "The Love You Save" as the opening act. I don't care if Bobby Brown was performing with them, their vocals were just a little bit too rusty. Nice effort though!

2. Don Cornelius introducing the O'Jays: Yes, Don Cornelius is some kind of staple in the Black community; however, he definitely gave THE slowest intro speech EVER. And then he started doing the old man ramble for like 5 mins.

3. The Drake/ Young Money performance: I'll give Drake a pass since he tore his ACL, but that performance was just lacking energy, charisma, entertainment...I almost forgot they were performing after a few moments. The majority of Lil Wayne's verse got bleeped out. And 10 year old girls were on stage while they were performing "Every Girl". And why was Birdman the hypest guy on the stage? FAIL.

4. No tribute to Michael Jackson's dancing: Beyonce sang "Ave Marie". Ciara sat on a stool. No one danced to MJ...unless you count Jamie. How can you have a tribute to one of the greatest dancers and no one dances?!


THE WTFs

1. Ciara deciding at a Michael Jackson tribute that she wants to sit on a stool and sing: The best thing about Ciara is her dancing! What was she thinking? And her rendition of "Heal the World"? RT @1987productions: ummm Ciara.... u sound like a 5th grader singing a tribute song lol str8 tone ass voice lol

2. Not announcing the random nominees for the few awards they actually gave out: It was supposed to be the BET AWARDS show, not a complete concert.

3.
Jamie Foxx doing the most: This guy hosted the show, received awards, and performed like 50 times! The BET Awards were truly the Jamie Foxx/ Michael Jackson show!

4. Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo performing for the 51st time, singing "I'll Be There" as the finale: I just can't believe I sat there watching these terrible awards for 3.5 hours, waiting for some great Michael Jackson tribute that everyone said was going to be including in the revamped BET awards and that's all we got.

Is there any high, low, WTF moment that you think I should have included in this list? Please feel free to share!

Photos courtesty of Necole Bitchie

10 comments:

Brandi said...

A WTF: Why did Beyonce get an introduction that was more fit for someone like Whitney Houston? Mariah Carey? Hell Chaka was there!

-Why Beyonce found it necessary to borrow from the ASPCA tonight, forever reminding me of the abused dogs and making me cringe at her performance.

High:
-Monica outshining Keyshia Cole ten-fold. Maybe Keyshia would've won if Frankie was up there acting a fool.

Low:
-Al Sharpton not having a fresh press 'n' curl. :(

Anonymous said...

Keri Hilson sang badly live. i was disappointed. it was a bit akward, (it was her first awards performance so i understand that) but she's not the best dancer so she shoulda focused her energy on singing better. i was really, really disappointed in that.

surrey said...

Mj is king of the pop. his outfit i the performances was rocking, i really like his style.

Anonymous said...

The biggest WTF was the Baby Boy Reunion, now I can see the whole "jody" thing, but bringing out ol dude from Holiday Heart was a serious Fail, and especially him stating "Gunz and Butter are like Michael Jackson?" I mean just the most random ish I have seen on The BET Awards. This was definitely the worst of them all!!!!

MizzBlaze said...

@ Brandi: Lol @ Beyonce. I completely forgot about Monica. Al Sharpton was probably too busy trying to find other random issues to cause uproars about to do his hair. Lol

@ Anonymous: I actually didn't think Keri did too bad vocally.

@ Anonymous: That was a big WTF moment. I actually hate that movie, so that whole reenactment just made me SMH.

Neque said...

Joya. You and I both know Keri was a hot fried mess with her Elvis foolywang! WHAT was that?! You should also add to you wtf list:
1. Joe Jackson + Al Sharpton?!!
2. Tevin Campbell's ol extra spicy self
3. Drizzy sitting on a chair...?
4.The Baby Boy reference that was a FAILURE
5. Monica STUNTING on Keyshia Cole on her own song!!

Personal fav's:
1. Eddie Levert's : "The wind was blowin, they was just dancin and (beep)!"
2. Ne-yo's Lady in my life
3. Trey Songz in a suit<<< glory!

One Ten said...

The Worst AND The WTF

Soulja Boy still being on the ticket to perform.

MizzBlaze said...

@ Beneque- I guess I was the only one feeling Keri. I thought she did good!
Joe Jackson and Al Sharpton being together didn't surprise me, they are both opportunist. Drake tore his ACL, so that's why he couldn't stand up. I hate Ne-Yo. Trey Songz was looking nice!

@ One Ten- Lol @ ur hate for Soulja Boy. The sad truth is Soulja Boy is like the face of what BET represents now and days.

dafonzarelli said...

The whole mood was so somber, you know its bad when Jamie Foxx cant get the crowd hype. I guess that also made him the best man for the job, being a comedian he can handle the dead audience a bit better than a... "T-pain" could.

I dont know Don Cornelius was one of the highlight for me, I was LAFFIN like a mug. He did the old man ramble, he trailed, when it was time to read it was so obvious, he told an irrelevant story... It was like MY dad, or and old man doing pastor appreciation at church. LMAO!

Ther preformances are/were what they always are. Rappers runnig around stage yelling. Singers, well either they can sing live(Beyonce, Monica, Ne-yo) or they cant (Keisha Cole, Kerri Hilson, Ciara).

Personally, I think It would have been LAME for everyone to do a Michael Jackson song.

dafonzarelli said...

The whole mood was so somber, you know its bad when Jamie Foxx cant get the crowd hype. I guess that also made him the best man for the job, being a comedian he can handle the dead audience a bit better than a... "T-pain" could.

I dont know Don Cornelius was one of the highlight for me, I was LAFFIN like a mug. He did the old man ramble, he trailed, when it was time to read it was so obvious, he told an irrelevant story... It was like MY dad, or and old man doing pastor appreciation at church. LMAO!

Ther preformances are/were what they always are. Rappers runnig around stage yelling. Singers, well either they can sing live(Beyonce, Monica, Ne-yo) or they cant (Keisha Cole, Kerri Hilson, Ciara).

Personally, I think It would have been LAME for everyone to do a Michael Jackson song.

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