Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson Win Big at BET Awards
This year’s BET awards honored stars like Beyonce, Keri Hilson, and Lil Wayne with top awards during the ceremony. Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the three-hour plus show was themed around the life and legacy of pop icon Michael Jackson, while mixing in a slew of performances from some of music’s biggest stars.
Beyonce, dazzled the audience with an angelic performance of her songs ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Brokenhearted Girl.’ Dressed in all white, the 27-year-old belted out her hits before taking home the ‘Best Female Artist’ and Video of the Year’ awards. Her better half, Jay-Z took to the stage to perform his current single ‘D.O.A.’ (Death of the Autotune).
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Newcomer Keri Hilson commemorated the release of her debut album ‘In A Perfect World,’ by winning the ‘Best New Artist’ award. Hilson’s top-selling album was powered by the mega single ‘Turnin’ Me On,’ featuring Lil Wayne, who won the ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist,’ award.
Foxx was not only the master of ceremonies, but performed his No. 1 single ‘Blame It,’ which won him the ‘Best Collaboration,’ award alongside T-Pain. Foxx also got back to his comedy roots with a fictitious movie trailer paring him with fellow funnyman Martin Lawrence. The duo reprised two of the characters that made them famous more than 10-years ago, with Fox as “Wanda” and Lawrence as “Shenene.”
The Making the Band boys AKA Day 26, won for ‘Best Group’ an honor the group said will quiet skeptics turned off by their “reality TV” roots. Rapper T.I. won the coveted ‘Viewer’s Choice,’ award for ‘Live Your Life.’ Tip’s fiancee Tameka “Tiny” Cottle accepted the award for the incarcerated rapper.
Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson took home the ‘Best Actress’ honor and reunited with former co-stars Tyrese and Ving Rhames for an impromptu skit from their movie ‘Baby Boy.’ Henson also thanked BET for keeping the movie in “heavy rotation.”
Although usually acknowledged for their musical contributions, superstars Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean received the ‘Humanitarian Award,’ for their philanthropic efforts both in the U.S and abroad. “Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something,” said Keys upon receiving her award. “I accept this honor with the utmost humility.”
The ceremony also included performances from 80s and 90s R&B super groups Guy, New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe (BBD). In a rare appearance, R&B singer Tevin Campbell paid tribute to the O’Jays performing ‘Forever Mine,’ while Trey Songz, Johnny Gill and Tyrese performed ‘Smiling Faces.’
Much to the delight of teenage girls across the country Soulja Boy Tell Em hopped out of bed and turned his “Swag” on for the crowd and everyone’s favorite rapper Drake his buzz single ‘Best I Ever Had,’ before Weezy and the rest of the Young Money fellas jumped on stage for ‘Every Girl.’ Additionally, Maxwell continued his “comeback” with a performance of his single ‘Pretty Wings,’ of his forthcoming album ‘BLACKsummers’night.’