Musically, the only a few of the usual suspects took home awards. Alicia Keys won "Best Female R&B" and split "Best Collaboration" with Jay-Z; and Beyonce' won "Video of the Year" for her wierd-for-the-sake-of-wierd team up with Lady Gaga. But, some pleasant surprises were there, like Niki Minaj beating out the likes of Lil Kim and Justin Beiber (Seriously? That kid's everywhere. Stop the overexposure!) to take home the "The Best Female Hip-Hop" and "Best New Artist" awards. Then there was Young Money beating out the Black Eyed Peas to take home Best Group. Definately some unexpected results there!
The acting and sports awards were a little less shocking, with both Serena Williams and LeBron James winning "Sportswoman of the Year" and "Sportsman of the Year," respectively. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire took home two awards, "Best Movie" and "Best Actress" for Mo'Nique. Idris Elba took home "Best Actor," while youngster Keke Palmer walked away with the "YoungStars Award."
Tribute performances were a big thing at this year's BET Awards. Trey Songz and Alicia Keys paid tribute to Prince, and in what I believe is a continuing error in judgment on the whole of the urban music community, Chris Brown was chosen to perform a medly of Michael Jackson songs. I simply can not understand how people continue to support Chris Brown after it was confirmed that he assaulted a woman, because quite frankly, he's just another abuser, not Nelson Mandela. I must digress though, as I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Kanye West and Monica both performed as well.
So, there you have it, this year's BET Awards held some minor surprises, but as a whole were rather uneventful. No major controversies, no beefin', nothing disruptive at all. Some fans may argue over the winners, but that's a minor quibble. If you wanted dirt, you'll have to wait for next year!
- Jé-Pé -