Fashion Hits & Misses At The 2008 BET Awards

Other Brown Sistas who attended the 2008 BET Awards included Ciara, En Vogue and Kenya Moore.

MC Lyte, LisaRaye Mc Coy and Nia Long were also in the house.

As was Kyla Pratt and rapper Trina.

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  1. A total fashion let down. The performance were all a total let down.

    Warren Sapp- The Best Out Of All Of Them
    Maxwell- Good
    Anthony Hamilton- Good
    Jill Scott- Good
    Alicia Keys- Terrible
    Usher- Terrible
    Al Green- O.K
    Keyshia Cole- Terrible
    Chris Brown- O.K
    Ciara- O.K (But Jermaine & Nelly No)
    Rhianna- Terrible
    Lil Wayne- Terrible (Straight Up High)
    Young Jeezy & Kanye- Terrible
    T-Pain- Terrible
    The rest of the performers were terrible!

    Gabrielle Union look so pretty to me presenting.

  2. I agree Raliyah, but out of them all, Keyshia did bring a little bit of life with her. It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t totally boring either.

    What I did notice with many performances though is that they were all drawn out and overly long. Not everyone can put on a good ten minute set and many of tonight’s performers proved that.

    Lemme add that Rihanna, though dull as a stick and no stage presense at all, has a really decent voice and sounded just like the record. I am impressed that she chooses to sing live which adds a lot of life to a performance. Lip synching is definitely out these days.

    T-Pain scares me 🙁

    Ciara is realllllly thin.

    I so wanted Al Green to sing How Do You Mend A Broken Heart.

    Oh and I wish Beyonce had’ve been there. She would have brought the fashion heat.

  3. I’m sorry but Alicia Keys is not a good live performer to me period her voice is below average at best.

    Basically Alicia Keys is just another case of Clive Davis using his ancient voodoo and buckets of Whitney Houston blood cash to bully an impressionable public into thinking they need to hear her stale piano standards warbling out. I’m sure she’s a very nice lady. Where’s the personality? What’s the appeal? Don’t give in to Alicia Keys and her Stepford pop, folks! If you look deep into her eyes, there’s really nothing staring back but deep pools of Clive’s chowder.

    She actually makes Beyonce seem more real, which is shocking.

    P.S. Take away the piano she would be helpless. She would just like another Ashanti pretty looks and thats it.

  4. I’m sorry but Alicia Keys is not a good live performer to me period her voice is below average at best.

    Basically Alicia Keys is just another case of Clive Davis using his ancient voodoo and buckets of Whitney Houston blood cash to bully an impressionable public into thinking they need to hear her stale piano standards warbling out.

    Jesus take me now. This comment left me on the floor laughing my @ss off. 😆

  5. Alicia Keys is not a good artist like Roberta Flack & Stevie Wonder.

  6. Sorry to post again but I forgot to say what I originally meant to.

    Yes the show and fashions were below average but it is Jennifer Hudson who continues to disappoint me. Why must her big breasts be shoved into every dress he wears? Every ounce of her was squeezed into a dress at least a size too small for her and it showed up terribly on live television. When will a qualified stylist be brought in to work with this woman?

  7. @Railene

    Solange Knowles & Jennifer Hudson needs to find a stylist a.s.a.p.

  8. Solange is so busy trying to be eclectic and different that really ends up looking a mess. Honestly she is just an odd looking girl and I don’t see much that can be done to make her look good.

  9. @Railene

    Matthew & Tina Knowles should had put her in the closet from public view.

  10. Keyshia Cole & her family still look straight ghetto.

  11. Marvin Sapp, the tribute to Al Green and Al Green’s performance was the only thing that moved me.

    Alicia Keys was ok. I liked that she paid tribute to the girl groups of the 90’s. That was cool.

    The verdict is still out on who had the better performance between Usher and Chris Brown.

    Ok and someone needs to tell Jennifer Hudson that she is not a size 6 and needs to stop trying to squeeze her body into those dresses that don’t compliment her body frame. She needs to fire her stylist quick and hire Queen Latifiah or Jill Scott’s stylist.

    I know Solange Knowles is trying to be different from her sister, but can’t she at least get Beyonce’s advise on how to be a fashion icon.

    Over all, the show just seemed flat.

  12. wat happened to the beyonce, wizzy and usher performance????……that wouldve been the highlight of the night!

  13. USHER WAS A HOT MESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HE NEEDED BEYONCE SOOOOOOOOOOO BAD!!!!
    HE COULD OF AT LEAST SUNG A LITTLE BIT!!!
    IM SOOOO DISAPOINTED IN USHER. IT WAS LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY!!!

  14. Alicia Keys was good. I loved her outfit, the hair, the performance and her acceptance speech.

    THe BEST performance to me was the AL Green Tirbute! MAXWELL is still the man!

  15. Usher performance was a little dry. Even if Beyonce was there, the highlight of the night still would have been the tribute to Al Green. Even the new jacks appreciated Rev. Al’s performance.

  16. Was it just me or did Al Green appear to be drunk? My favorite of the night was Maxwell. It was a nice surprise to see him. I swear that man is STILL one of the smoothest brown skin men out there.

    RiRi was boring but you have to admit that the girl has that “it” factor. Whatever “it” is, she has it.

    I loved Alicia Keys tribute to the 90’s girl groups!!! EnVogue! WHAT?

    Gabrielle Union is so plain to me.

  17. OMG I LOVE ALICIA KEYS WAS AWSOME
    ALL DA OTHERS WERE HORRIBLE
    IT WAS A DISASTER AND D L HUGELEY GO BACK HOME U WAS HORRIBLE
    WHERE WAS BEYONCE ERRYTIME BEYONCE IS IN DA ^^^HOUSE IT BE ROCKING BUT NOW IT WAS PLAIN TRASHY AND SLOPPY AND DAT GODDAMN HOE CIARA CANT SING AT ALL AND DANCES LIKE A HOE.
    IT WAS GROSS THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS ALL GREEN

  18. The show was one of the worst. Keisha was out of tune and wack! Alicia looked stuffed in those tight jeans and her performance was all over the place. En Vogue was the best part about them. Usher did not sing live, but the dancing was ok. Neyo was great. Chris Brown was terrible until Ciara came out to save the day. Rihanna was boring, uninspiring,and dead. She was out of place at a black awards show. Chick still can’t sing. Al Green’s tribute had the best vocalist!

  19. I really didn’t care for Ashanti’s dress or hair. I think Rhianna’s yellow dress was beautiful. As for everyone else, I really don’t know what to say. As far as performances Usher really fell off a lot I wonder how he felt seeing Chris Brown perform and realizing that he is no longer the dance king? I loved Marvin Sapp’s performance and the tribute to Al Green and his performace. Everyone else was between bad and ok. Also little Kim looks like she had some surgery on her body.. when did she get hips and butt like that! Also her performace was so bad too, why is she always fixing her clothing when she performs or bumping into the person she is performing with when they have a big stage..strange.

  20. i think the best performance was chris and ciara (very sexy) or lil wayne and t pain, hands down. Overall the show was kind of a disappointment for me this year

  21. I think that people are finally starting too notice that the emprer has no clothes on. People are finally starting too realize that this new talent is talentless. I mean all of these young women they just scream there songs out. Somone just needs too teach them too sing. I was really surprised by Rhianna. I think she is getting vocal lessons. She would never be an amazing singer but she can be better than what she is. She sounded surprisingly good last nite. Alicia Keys has hits or misses. Even she would stop all of that screaming and just sing she would sound really good. I missed Maxwell from what I understand was a treat lost. I love me some Maxwell. I think Jennifer Hudson looked nice. We are so use to seeing these skinny azz women that I think we forgot what a women looks like. She looked good last nite. Her hips and breast are going to show in whatever she wears because she has them.

    I don’t really think Beyonce could have save that show because she is blending in with everyone else right now. What’s going on is that everyone has the exact same act and it is just boring. I loved seeing EnVogue and I wish they would do another album together. Because I think for alot of these young artisist they are on their 14th minute.

  22. BET Awards was straight TRASH. I liked Al Green and Marvin Sapp and to tell you the truth, I dont listen to gospel like that. His performance moved me in a way. I think I’ve been touched,lol. I kind of liked Alicia Keys performance. Made reminisce one of the best decades ever.

    Beyonce should have brought her ass. You know damn well, anytime she is there, the awards be live as hell.

    D.L Hughely was corny as f**k. Next time, they need to get Kat Williams or Dave Chappelle. King of comedy my ass.

  23. Young people are finally fuguring out the their music icons are not that good with live performances. Anybody can sound good in the studio or look good in a music video after 100 takes.

  24. Hoodnigga Loving Da Groupiess: first of all that name is too damn long and it is stupid. And you are gay. No straight man would ever comment on another man package or how tight his jeans are in that way. You can’t hide from your self everywhere you are there you go. Come out. And before you come back with the usual comment try another name because B this or that won’t mean anything coming from the queen B. The show was wacked except for the moment when the real talent came out with AK and the Al Green tribute and of course him performing. The rest is wack. It is time to bring singers back.

    Sweetie it’s okay you can come out of the closet.

  25. Judging by the comments it`s quite obvious that more and more people are beginning to see the lack of talent nowadays…. I t wouldn`t be the case if the record companies were really seeking TRUE talent, i.e. Motown under Berry Gordy. Now there`s no artist development and no REAL talent and that makes for a bad combination. However, sadly this is what the industry has become…..True, A. Keys is not the strongest vocalist but she definitely makes great music that connects with the soul and I luv her….

    “Working Day And Night” by-MJ

    Ooh my honey
    You got me workin` day and night
    Ooh mu sugar
    You got me workin` day and night

    Scratch my shoulder
    It`s aching, make it feel alright
    When this is over
    Lovin` you will be so right

    I often wonder if lovin` you
    Will be tonight
    But what is love girl
    If I`m always out of sight

    (That`s why)
    You got me workin` day and night
    And I`ll be workin`
    From sun up to midnight

    Chorus:

    You got me workin`, workin` day and night
    You got me workin`, workin` day and night
    You got me workin`, workin` day and night
    You got me workin`, workin` day and night

  26. I think everyone was moved by the gospel singer and the old school performances for Al because it takes you back to a place where music made you feel good inside. Music today is full beautiful people with average talent. The only thing they inspire us to do is “look good” and “hate” on each other. Its a shame when the next great legends such as Alicia and Keisha still fall flat in live performances. I will not take Alicia musicianship and writing away because she is vicious but SOMETIMES the voice isn’t there. Beyonce can do both pop and R&B but at the rate music is going I wish she would be responsible to the people before her and bring back good R&B, she maybe the only one (right now) who has what it takes to do it.

  27. Watching Al Green perform took me back to my family renion. Loved every minute of it. He is the stuff that legends are made of and the only performer to bring the entire place to its feet. Loved it.

    EnVogue; those girls still have it. Nice to see all of the original members back.

  28. To me the BET awards was kind of lame, i mean last years was 100 times better, Usher should have had Beyonce and little wayne with him, because every year beyonce is up there she stills the show and just kills it. I was so hyped for that performance.

  29. Sorry, but Rihanna is not R&B. She is strictly pop and international. She seemed so out of place on that stage.

  30. Highs-
    Alicia looks fab and true to her character shared the stage, just wish Xscape would have came out.
    Wayne- Everyone waited all night to see him hit the stage and he delivered.
    Marvin Sapp- I just love the song and he did it a little different at the end

    Lows-
    Usher-WTF was that???
    Keyshia Cole- She didn’t do it for me but thats my girl though

    *A lot of people complained about Ri Ri performance but I thought it was cool. She sang the song well and I liked it. You don’t have to have a three ring circus all the time.

  31. I agree Rihanna was great especially for a song that is so terrible

  32. I LOVED KEYSHIA’S WHITE OUTFIT…NOT REALLY THE BOOTS…BUT THE SHORTS WERE HOT!
    AL GREEN & THE GIRL GROUPS WERE GOOD PERFORMANCES…I LIKED HEARING OLD SONGS FROM ARTISTS THAT I UED TO ENJOY WHEN I WAS YOUNGER….
    RIHANNA LOOKED A DAMN FOOL…& SOUNDED EVEN WORSE…WHY DID SHE KNOCK HER HEAD BACK LIKE SHE HIT A HUGE NOTE @ THE END?!?…SERIOUSLY?!?
    ASHANTI’S TRYNNA SELL RECORDS BY COMING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO FLASHING HER BRITNEY & REFERRING TO HER “GOOD GOOD”…THATS A “NO NO” & NOT A GOOD LOOK @ ALL!
    OH LAWD WHO TOLD USHER HE COULD STILL FLIP & DANCE?!?! WHY DID THEY LIE TO HIM?
    CHRIS/CIARA….I WOULDVE PAID TO SIT NEXT TO RIHANNA DURING HTAT PERFORMANCE! LOL…THAT WAS HOT!
    NEYO LOOKED GOOD….PROUD OF HIM!

    I WAS OVERALL PROUD OF MOST OF MY BLACK PEOPLE LAST NIGHT….RICK ROSS COULDVE KEPT THAT JACKET ZIPPED! & T-PAIN HAS OFFICIALLY LOST HIS DAMN MIND! BUT I WAS IMPRESSED BY A MAJORITY OF THE LOOKS & PERFORMANCES

    BUT, THE SHOW STILL SEEMED BORING & DRAGGED ON WAY TOO LONG….I WAS LOOKING FOR MONIQUE, KAT WILLIAMS OR STEVE HARVEY TO JUST KICK D.L. UNFUNNY BEHIND OFF THE STAGE!
    & FOR THE 1ST TIME IN MY LIFE, I WAS LOOKING FOR BEYONCE TO COME HOOP & HOLLA!…I WOULDVE PREFERED HER OVER RIHANNA’S DULLNESS ANYDAY!

  33. Is that MC Lyte looking like a grown ass woman?!?! Not seeing her in cornrows for once is a good look.

  34. Alicia’s performance was great! I loved seeing some of my favorite female groups from the 90’s. BET ghetto network sound was off which made me mad.

    Al Green was the highlight for me. He put on a show without all the extra stuff. Jill, Maxwell, and Anthony did his songs justice.

    Rhianna did a good job. I was surprised.

    Chris Brown’s performance started out boring but when Ciara came out and they performed TYD it was hype. I really enjoyed that. They’re both great dancers so it made sense.

  35. THis year’s award was very interesting:

    the red carpet to my opinion was fire all sisters looked great
    I think its easy to say such and such’s dress look ugly just because i would not wear rihanna’s dress doesnt mean its a miss what i don’t like an other person will adore

    Alicia keys is definately the best female performer of this generation i love the fact that she pays homage to all of those that paved the way for her and many more . She knows how to be sexy without being trashy.. To make a long list of compliment short she is the best entertainer of this generation. I love the red carpet outfit

    AShanti looked stunning i mean when i saw the pics i was speechless she looks great and with a great team she could be a lot bigger than she is now

    Rihanna looked okay and so was her perfomance

    Everyone else was doing good or okay

  36. you guys complain TOO much

    al green was off the chain! everyone was so together
    it was amazing

    so don’t talk about al green

    and i thought alicia did amazingly to recognize all those girl groups
    i almost wanted to cry

  37. All over the internet a lot of people loved the show
    and were glad that for once bet ignored the glamourous knowles
    and a lot of people think that ashanti was worst dressed and rihanna best
    i mean taste is taste but dont know someone down because tastes differ …
    so stop the complaining because at the end of the day all these people will stay themselves…

    I tought the show was really good and all the perfomances were pretty good Even rihanna sounded good
    not great but good i hated her dress , I love alicia’s performance i think she is the best female entertainer out there i’ve been to her concert and i can guarantee you she is a pearl… big up to the 90’s girls groups they were the best,I Love keyshia’s outfit with the shorts she looked good , LIl kim look like a supersized barbie doll extremely cute:) Usher was good, i cant stand t-pain but congrats to him for winning all these awards, congrats to lil wayne, maxwell was great,al green was really good i loved him the vocals were great.

    Anyway the bet awards stayed the same with or without your favorite artist point blank
    so practice what you preach and stay positive

    Everyone looked great
    Kisss

  38. keisha looked fab w/her white boots and kim looked awsome also…my girl ri ri killed it with the yellow dress and i loved her performance

  39. To me the BET Awards proved that Beyonce is the Best Performer Of This Generation. Without her this show is LAME!!!

  40. Maxwell, Maxwell, Maxwell that was the best part of the night. I screamed so loud when I saw him. Other performances were cool, kind of boring. I loooooooooved the 90’s girl group tribute. Was it me or was everybody’s voices off??? Keyshia, Alicia, SWV, TLC. They did not sound good. As far as fashion, the looks were kind of boring also. I got to see Maxwell and that was good enough for me. 🙂

  41. I usually try to be uplifting to my brothers and sisters in the entertainment world but the show was lackluster the first half and performances improved as the night continued. I have to say, LOVED REV AL GREEN and they selected the best performers for his tribute: Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton and MAXWELL. Yes, I’m sure we all went crazy when he sannnggg, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. My biggest problem was the lip synching. Have our performers not obtained the ability to sing and dance to their songs simultaneously? When I see a Rock concert, the band sounds just like the actual record and many of them are exerting just as much energy as our entertainers, and they’re not lip synching. WHHHYYY?

    Alicia Keys – Girl, thank you for bringing out my favorite girl groups of the 90’s – EnVogue, SWV and TLC…I don’t really care what they sounded like, I was just HAPPY to see them!!
    Keyshia Cole – loved the outfit, terrible performance. She was not in tune and didn’t she perform the same song last yr with Missy & Lil Kim or maybe I’m thinking of a different awards show. I won’t comment on Lil Kim…
    Usher – disappointing…..I was expecting so much more…
    Neyo – disappointing…..He didn’t even sing his last note and that was marginal dancing, therefore, there was no need to lip synch…
    Chris Brown & Ciara – loved the performance once Ciara joined him onstage.
    T-Pain – I actually liked his performance with the circus theme…Also, it let you know how many hits he’s been on in one yr. He’s animated although he’s definitely not a great singer.
    Sorry ladies, I think Jennifer Hudson looked very good. Her breasts are large and just like Tocarra, it really doesn’t matter what they put on, the twins are going to be front and center.
    Jill Scott – I HATED her dress but she sounds so good (perfect delivery). She’s been in need of a stylist this year. She’s not representing the big girls properly…She needs to take a cue from Queen Latifah…
    Young Jeezy & Kanye – a classic case of getting high and then trying to perform. I’m a true Kanye fan but I knew he didn’t “come down” until later on in the show.
    Lil Wayne – I love the song but he needs training for stage performance or something.
    Nelly – I cannot stand this song (Stepped on my J’s) but I enjoyed (once again) when Ciara joined in and Fergie. Nelly looks so good, I can understand why Ashanti keeps telling you she got that “Good Good” so stay back!!

    I love Warren, I mean Marvin (LOL) Sapp’s performance.

    However, I really would like to know who book the performances. Why not have the Roots perform. (Rising Up with Chrisette Michele & Wale) would have been good…
    Lupe Fiasco – Tokyo to Paris / Hip Hop Saved Me
    Trey Songz (he can really sing) and I wouldn’t have to worry about the incessant lip synching
    Janet (this would have been a great opportunity to re-introduce the best songs she has on Discipline and generated real interest in her tour. We all know Janet isn’t the best singer but she is a true performer. She could have surprised us with a joint performance with MJ)

    Believe it or not, I agree with someone else who stated, Trina did get robbed. She was the only female hip hop artist that released an album, and she was in the top 10 in billboard when it was released, so why not give her the award. Missy only released one song and it did nothing on radio.

  42. Oh yeah, Rihanna seemed out of place (really) but I loved that she actually SANG her song and did not lip synch!

    Yeah, this show let me know why Jay Z continues to say, I GOT THE HOTTEST CHICK IN THE GAME!! He’s right…I don’t see any competition…Not even from the males in the industry!! That’s sad!!!

  43. You guys need to stop i mean completely even with beyonce there is still complain
    I been to the beyonce experience in l.a and it was a good show not the best because i’ve seen janet and madonna
    but it was good minus the extra drama to my opinion there isn’t a best female entertainer out there right now lets be honnest if only ciara could sing like beyonce if only beyonce could have alicia keys’s class if only alicia could break it down like ciara does if only ciara looked as good as rihanna and had her personality…..
    i mean we can go on and on and on… there always something you could add to the other artist to make them as good as you wish they were… But that won’t happen let it go

    This is one of the reason people find it so easy to hate beyonce her fans are always looking out to make her the life of the party even if she performed a bad show is still a bad show the bet awards 05 06 and 07 sucked i mean read the reviews and beyonce was there …. we all have our personal opinion but seriously stop drinking the haterade there got to be a reason all this people were performing and honored that night

    beside beyonce will be 27 years old in 4 months and she is married its time for her to sit down and enjoy her youth you can’t expect the girl to work her butt off everyday to satisfy your greedy [male or female] sexual or whatever needs
    if i do what she does for two hours i could barely move for the rest of the year and im sure that goes for yall too
    let the girl rest she is not super woman yall … She is great at what she does i admit i’m not a fan of her as a person to me there is too much unanswered questions and mistery about her but ill admit that she can kill a stage, so can alicia keys and i guarantee you so can rihanna for i been to the gggb tour … it all depends on how you see and put things in perspective…

    i mean the show business is vaste there is room for everybody so please lets stop the comparison and the hypocrisie you can’t be on beyonce’s post telling her “haters” to stop “hating” and give her props yet put someone else down in hopes to “make her look better”

    I didnt like the show and still would not have liked it beyonce performed 5 times the same night
    you guys are insulting everyone that was there that night Rev al green [who was the best performer of the night] included

    bless yall

  44. ^^^I agree with Celine.
    The show still would have been what it was (dry) even with Beyonce there..although I did expect her and Lil’ Wayne to perform with Usher. I was a little disappointed, but Usher held his own. I got love for Beyonce too but some people definitely take it a little overboard. There is definitely room for everybody in this industry. I also have to say that I love Rihanna and I am disappointed that a lot of people seem to think that she doesn’t “fit” somehow on a black awards show…these types of attitudes is exactly why the BET awards was lacking and why there is no diversity or originality in the music anymore. As soon as somebody tries to do something a little different (or interesting) we have to make them outcasts. What’s up with that?

  45. Ya’ll tired black women need to quit hating on Usher…..if you actually watched the performance you would see that he landed that way on purpose. So bitter it’s pitiful. It’s soooooo funny how everytime there is a post about Usher on this site. All the comments are negative, but before he got married ya’ll were all over him. Get a life.

  46. Envogue looks great and sounded great. Nia looks great in that cranberry and Kyla pratt too.

  47. I think the BET awards should have a section that highlights the talented singers out there that aren’t really a commericial success but can deliver a live performance. Just like they have a gospel section (which touches even the most vile people) ; there should be a “keepin’ it real” section where artist who deserve exposure gets it. Like Chrisette, Heather H, Raheem D, Precious, Shanice, J. Holiday etc. I am sure we all could think of a lot more. Wouldn’t it be nice to see performance from talented performers without having to go on YOUTUBE?

  48. Ha Ha. I agree Destiny. There was nothing wrong with Usher’s performance. Everybody is hating on Usher every since he got married. I am sure if he was still a single man with no children, y’all would have loved his performance. Or if he had married a high profile artist like Beyonce or Rihanna, you would be bowing down to him. Women are a trip.

  49. I’m definitely an Usher fan but this was truly not a great performance from him. I don’t think his marital status has anything to do with his performance at an awards show. I’m glad he married the woman he chose, not the world but his performance was not trendsetting.

    @Prettylady818
    When people discuss Rihanna looking out of place, she just didn’t seem comfortable. I didn’t hear anyone discuss her performance was not great or degrade her. The comments were simply stating what obviously more than one person observed.

    @BLacksista
    I agree. It would be wonderful if all of the performances were not just the artists that are commercial success. I would have loved to see Raheem Devaughan perform. I can’t believe I didn’t mention him in my previous posts…

  50. I think the show was good. Chris Brown performance with Ciara was on fire. Rihanna perform was good i think she should walk around on the stage but she sound great. T-PAIN he was so good i really like his as an artist. Usher could came better then that but i was not disappointed.

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