Last Sunday the biggest black awards show took place and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with the entire show. The performers and surprises and collaborations were truly well thought out. There were certainly some ups and downs about the performers and I’ll get into those now:
The hosts: Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson hosted the show and to be honest…they weren’t funny. I had already predicted that they were going to be corny because even though I like “Black-ish”, their comedy is corny on the show. Tracee has never been funny to me anyways; she’s pretty and a decent actress but she’s just not funny. Anthony Anderson has his funny moments but he’s not the best stand-up comedian. I believe that BET, and all award shows for that matter, should hire stand-up comedians to host shows. Why haven’t they asked Ricky Smiley, Lunell, Bruce Bruce, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Katt Wiliams, or Dave Chappelle? Or they could even ask Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, or Chris Rock to come back! You know, the REAL comedians! Could BET not afford them or did they just not want to ask them? Are the comedians saying no? The whole point of the award show’s hosts is for them to keep us laughing throughout transitions and we have too many black comedians to not make that happen. BET dropped the ball with Tracee and Anthony. Good effort though.
Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick opened up the show with my favorite song off of the the To Pimp A Butterfly album, “Alright”. I was standing up on my couch singing “ALLS MY LIFE I HAD TO FIGHT N***A!” at the top of my lungs when I heard that beat. It’s difficult for rappers to entertain me when they perform because all they do is walk around the stage and scream, but Kendrick pulled it off. I’ve never been a huge Kendrick fan but I must give props where props are due. The set was awesome! He was rapping on top of a spray painted police car and with a shredded American flag waving behind him and dancers everywhere. Very entertaining. Did I wish Kendrick would run a comb through his head? Yes. Did I want him to open the show? No, but still a memorable performance.
Janelle Monae and Jidenna: I was so excited to see these two because I’ve never seen them perform “Yoga” or “Classic Man” live. I love “Yoga” and Janelle Monae so I had high expectations. I don’t like the “Classic Man” song but I love Jidenna so I wanted him to make me like the song through his performance. Janelle Monae began singing “Yoga” while floating and I was in love with it! But then she got up and started dancing and I wasn’t too impressed with that. I’m not used to her being in that type of clothing either. I felt as though she could have stuck with the yoga theme a bit more but still a great performance. Then, Jidenna slid in in his tailored classic suit and he sang “Classic Man” with a full set behind him from that time period he’s so inspired by. I thought he looked great and did a commendable job but it still didn’t make me wanna buy the song. I will be giving his album a chance though. Overall it was great!
Chris Brown, Tyga, and Omarion: I never thought I’d see the day of Omarion and Chris Brown performing together but it happened. Chris showcased his new song “Liquor” and he brought Omarion out to perform “Post To Be” and it was pretty good. Nobody sang live but it was nice to see them dancing. They used the same dancers but it looked like two completely different dancers when they switched parts. Sadly, Jhene was nowhere to be found. Where was she? My dream is to see Chris Brown, Usher, and Omarion dance together. It may not happen until it’s time to honor Usher but I would love that. I don’t even remember what Tyga did.
Avery Wilson: He was one of the Music Matters artists and I recognized him from vine and The Voice. He did wonderful but of course BET cut him off. I hope he does great things with music just like Elle Varner, Miguel, and J. Cole did.
The Weeknd and Alicia Keys: The Weeknd is slowly trying to grow on me. He won my heart with “Earned It” because I’m absolutely obsessed with that song and he performed “The Hills” as well which is a song I don’t care for, however, one thing I appreciated is that he sounded like his track and I had to give him that. I appreciated the song more. Then the curtains opened and the performance went downhill from there. I don’t know if The Weeknd invited Alicia Keys or if BET set that up but she pulled out her own piano rendition of “Earned It” and it was horrible. Alicia Keys lost her vocals somewhere around that “This Girl Is On Fire” song time and they’ve never come back. The Weeknd should have kept his own performance to himself.
Donnie McClurkin: Of course you know BET had to take us to church one time so Donnie broke out in song to tribute Andrae Crouch. He sang “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power” and of course he sounded great as usual. But everyone on Twitter was going off about how he’s a diliverT gay man and didn’t focus on the message. The blood that gives me strength…I received that.
THE BAD BOY REUNION: Diddy, Lil’ Kim, 112, Mase, The Lox, Faith Evans, French Montana, Biggie, Pharrell… they ALL showed up to do it for the one time! “Peaches and Cream”, “Love Like This”…the hits didn’t end! Lil’ Kim emerged from the ground in her infamous squatting position and KILLED IT like we’ve all been waiting on her to do. Perhaps this new baby is going to revive her career and she did the damn thing. Diddy kept trying to dance and he ended up falling in the hole Lil’ Kim came out of which was hilarious! #SitYoAssDownDiddy #StopDiddyFromDancing2015. Chris Brown even had to join the stage and dance 90’s style along side Diddy’s son … the performance gave everyone life and now Diddy announced a Bad Boy Tour.
Andra Day: She was the other Music Matters artist and she had me at her first note. I will be buying her music too.