Last night was hands-down the busiest night not only in TV land but in New York City as well. Gay Pride had the biggest turn out in recent memory (marriage equality passing may have had something to do with that) and premieres of favorites True Blood, and Leverage popped on our radar along with the season finale of Mob Wives, a new episode of the sci-fi hit Falling Skies and a fresh episode of one of my favorite shows Next Food Network Star. But over at BET we had the annual 2011 BET Awards and of course we weren't short of some attantion-grabbing scandals, particularly Wiz Khalifa needing so desperately for everyone to know he was banging Amber Rose with his constant PDA with the famous carpet walker.
Mary J. Blige opened the show playing a medley of her classics, doing some of those famous hood dance moves I grew up doing growing up in Brooklyn, and then she brought out the legendary Anita Baker to sing her classic Caught Up In The Rapture, which Blige says is the song that helped her get a record deal. Points for bringing out Jadakiss as well.
Although Chris Brown saw his career resurrected last night as one of the biggest winners of the evening, it wasn't long before we got ourselves an uh-oh moment. Towards the end of the show when fan favorite contest winner Tiffany Green (who claimed she was Nicki Clownaj's biggest fan) along with 106 & Park's Terrance and Rocsi flubbed that Chris Brown had won BET's Viewer's Choice Award instead of Rihanna for her collaboration with Drake on What's My Name. Now they didn't fuck up with the wins all night so why all of a sudden they were trying to start shit with the former lovers. Chris at one point in the evening during his win with Lil Wayne joked that public speaking is not his strong suit. And didn't Breezy also send RiRi a tweet asking her did she get the pics he forwarded which went out to all his followers instead of private? Something don't smell right here.
Tiffany then took to her Twitter and accused BET of setting her up.
Bawling backstage. They totally f*cked me up.
The tablet f*ckin said CHRIS BROWN….the TELEPROMPTER said Rihanna. What the F*CK?????? Goin home.
So BET did that on purpose. Oh. I feel better.
Look b*tches….Im not SLOW. lol They did the sh*t on PURPOSE. F*cked up right? *shrug* smh
BET Exec Stephen Hill (giving "how you doin'" side-eye) later apologized and took full blame for the human error.
Kevin Hart was OK as host, although I miss Queen Latifah doing hosting duties. I will say this - I did like the male version of Basketball Wives he did with Bobby Brown, Nick Cannon, Nelly and Jermaine Dupri. After Trey Songz bored me to tears with his pitchy vocals of one of his songs, co-stage sharer Kelly Rowland ignited the stage with a sexy rendition of her Motivation single which would have had Beyonce wishing she would have made the executive decision to postpone her new album.
Late industry greats Clarence Clemons, Teena Marie, Gil Scott-Heron, and Nate Dogg all received tributes from Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Queen Latifah and a saxophonist, who gave Clarence his due.
Cee Lo Green turned it diring the tribute to Patti LaBelle, donning one of her classic wigs with a can of hairspray in tow. Marsha Ambrosius and Rev. Shirley Caesar turned it out for Ms. Patti as well. Watch the awkward Breezy/RiRi moment, a list of the winners and a few of the best performances of the night below...
watch the KRow/Trey Songz performance here.