On Sunday night, Black Entertainment Television (BET) celebrated music’s finest at the 2012 BET Awards, hosted by actor, Samuel L. Jackson. The stars, the couples, and the tears, BET delivered it all.
Music royalty, Beyonce’ and Jay-Z were front row next to his, “Throne” collaborator, Kanye West. West was accompanied by his date, reality star, Kim Kardashian. The two rappers were the first wins of the night for “Best Group.” Later, they shared their second win, and Jay-Z imitated West by interrupting him as he gave his acceptance speech, mimicking the rapper who ran on stage and interrupted country singer, Taylor Swift’s speech at the 2010 MTV Music Awards.
Nicki Minaj, well, was Nicki. The Young Money rapper performed her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hit, “Bees In the Trap,” bending over for the audience and showing off her signature derriere. Minaj was also the only one from her Young Money label to win an award. She took home, “Best Female Rapper,” which she thanked BET for keeping alive, considering there have been long absences of female rappers in the industry.
The highlight of the evening belonged to the Whitney Houston tribute. After some heartwarming reminiscing from Mariah Carey, the late singer’s work was celebrated by singer, Monica, and Brandy, who sang Houston’s chart-topping hits, “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” The dedication ended with Chaka Khan singing her original success which Houston re-recorded, “I’m Every Woman.” But, it was Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, who sang, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and became the show-stopper. Houston brought tears to the eyes of the hardest rappers, r & b singers, young men, and women.
BET doesn’t do many things right, but their 2012 awards show may be one viewers will remember for a long while to come.