The 2010 Bet Awards just wrapped up and I have to admit, I really enjoyed this year’s telecast. For their 10th Anniversary the network chose to showcase music from not only some of today’s biggest artists, but from the people who influenced them as well.
Monica, who heavily sampled Deniece Williams’ 1981 hit Silly, was joined by the singer on stage tonight to perform the tune. It was one of the evening definite highlights for me and probably anyone else in the audience who was over 30.
The biggest surprise of the evening however had to be the El DeBarge mini concert. It just came out of nowhere and yet was a totally welcomed surprise. The 1980s crooner performed some of his biggest hits, including All This Love, Time Will Reveal, Rhythm of the Night and Second Chance, a single from his upcoming album. By far this was the evening’s best performance and kudos to BET for giving El so much time as he deserved. The music he created nearly 30 years ago is still being sampled and re-recorded by some of today’s biggest artists. If that isn’t the sign of a true legend, I don’t know what is.
Another one of the evening’s biggest surprises came from Chris Brown. The disgraced singer, who has suffered professionally since his attack on Rihanna last year, gave a tribute performance to Michael Jackson that ended with him standing on stage in tears and unable to go on. I know some may think Chris was overcome with emotion for Michael- but I saw more. I think Chris was overcome being back on stage for the first time in front of a worldwide audience that just a year ago hated his guts. Chris was crying for what he lost- his career and his tears were a plea for forgiveness. Later on when he came back to the stage Chris told his fans he had let them down in the past but would never do it again. This was a PR move the singer needed and I think it worked. As much as I despise what he did- his life must go on and his return to the stage is long overdue.
Next up is Nicki Minaj, who sadly had about 4 chances to wow the crowd with her lyrical skills but instead chose to lip-synch. Tonight could have really been her coronation had she or her PR people played their hand right. The industry is thirsty for a female rapper with looks and skills and they have chosen Nicki by default. She could have proven herself to be more than just a pretty package however had she put as much time into her performances as she did picking out her costumes and wigs.
Finally, Alicia Keys’ tribute to Prince was hot. The very pregnant singer sang my favorite Prince tune, Adore, and got all freaky with it, climbing on top of her piano and really giving the audience a show. Prince’s face during her performance was priceless.
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