The 2010 BET Awards were announced this evening with host Queen Latifah at the helm as hostess of the evening. The Queen had a strange bit as the Hairspray character Motormouth Maybelle where she introduced some 13-year-old awkwardly sing Alicia Key's single "Fallin'." Here are the following highlights from the night:
- Kanye West's opening performance of "Power." This was Kanye's comeback as a live performer since his disastrous turn last September at the MTV Video Music Awards. The crowd seemed to agree, clapping 100% to the beat at the end of the performance.
- Alicia Keys' mash-up performance. It started out great until Keys added "JESUS" to "If I ain't got you, Jesus." Nice try, but no cigar, Alicia. Sometimes Jesus just doesn't fit. And, girlfriend, you needed a different color for your heels. The dress was cute. The heels not so much. Keys did perform at the end of the ceremony, however, and looked gorgeous and sounded even more so. The last performanceÂ (the tribute to Prince) was much better than the previous.
- Eminem's mash-up performance. Eminem helped perform "Airplanes" with B.O.B. and some chick, who wasn't very good, replaced the original Hayley Williams. Then Eminem performed his single "I'm Not Afraid," which was pretty great. He even whipped out an entire choir (this is the BET Awards, mind you).
- P. Diddy's HALF-ASS performance of "Hello Good Morning." I LOVE this song but Diddy just didn't rock it. You could barely hear him and the chick in the song sing! Try again, Diddy, but do it better.
- Chris Brown's Michael Jackson Tribute.
- Ending with a Tribute to Prince. Need I say more?
- Justin Bieber beingÂ the youngest white guy involved in the award show.
- Viewers Choice Award given to RIHANNA feat. YOUNG JEEZY, "Hard."
- Ludacris being a total BADASS. Luda had a ROCKIN' performance of "My Chick Bad." Then performance then moved onto DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain with "All I Do Is Win" which was also pretty sweet.
Something I really enjoy about the BET Awards is the fact that it's more of a concert than an award show. Sure, there are the great speeches from the winning artists and producers, but the BET Awards have SO many performances that it actually makes it worth your three [plus] hours to side aside to watch the award show. The performances overall were really special, ranging from R&B to rap to hip hop to jazz. Absolutely loved almost every single performance! Check out the winners below (some of which were not announced throughout the show - or I missed them. I will update ASAP):
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
The Anointed Pace Sisters
Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Black Eyed Peas
Best New Artist
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys â€“ Empire State of Mind
Video of the Year
BeyoncÃ© f/ Lady Gaga â€“ Video Phone
Video Director of the Year
Taraji P. Henson
Tyler James Williams
Law Abiding Citizen
Michael Jacksonâ€™s This Is It
Precious: Based on the Novel â€˜Pushâ€™ by Sapphire
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Viewers Choice Nominees
Rihanna f/ Young Jeezy â€“ Hard
Best International Act
Kojo Antwi (Ghana)
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa)
Corinne Bailey Rae (UK)
You can also check out some of my tweets about the Awards over on my Twitter, and don't forget to let me know what YOUR favorite part of the award show was!