10 Things You May Have Missed During the 2012 BET Awards

It’s that time again! The 2012 Bet Awards were last night and here’s my annual recap.

Here are ten things you may have missed during the show…

  1. How great Chante Moore looked and sounded! She ain’t got a man no moe’, but that’s okay girl! She did a great job singing her tribute to Donna Summer.
  2. D’Angelo is still…NATURAL! Woot! He had the best braid out ever. And his performance was great, too.
  3. Valerie Simpson was killin’ ‘em with her bangs in the front and braids in the back. Also known as the Urban Mullet.
  4. How motherhood seemingly has given King Bey the “living legend” voice and Diana Ross-like persona she’s always wanted to have. ¬†Give it just a little more time.
  5. The stank face followed by a faint smile Jay-Z gave Kevin during his bit when he mentioned his name.
  6. The fact that the award-holder-girls were wearing ball gowns during one of the most casual awards show there is next to The VMAs. Let it go.
  7. Rick Ross heard our cries from last year and allowed us to keep our lunches down by keeping his shirt on.
  8. LaLa paid homage to Barbara Eden with her I Dream of Jeannie outfit.
  9. Joe and his sexy, sultry, self. So underrated, that man.
  10. How hard Soulja Boy cried during the Whitney tribute AND how dirty his nails were. Yuck.

Overall, the show wasn’t a complete slam dunk, but it was a definite improvement from the past few years. It wasn’t the total ratchet fest I thought it was going to be.

Scrolling through live Tweets and my Facebook timeline, the consensus across the Internet was that the key thing BET got right this year was the tribute to Whitney Houston. Monica and Brandy were the perfect choice to honor Whitney. Their performances came from a true place of love and honesty. Whitney raised them (musically) and they did right by her. In a way, the torch was passed. And to have Cissy Houston sing was, in a word: powerful. A mother’s love. That is all.

Honestly, I think this is why we are so hard on BET. There should always be a sense of home and connectedness with their programming, like there was last night.When they get something right, it reminds us why a network about the Black experience is needed. We look to them to represent us tastefully and respectfully. It’s why we continue to return as viewers, because we want them to tell the world what makes being Black so beautiful. I’m hopeful that one day, they’ll get there.

Did you watch? What were highlights for you?


  • You hit the nail on the head! I haven’t tuned into the BET awards in years and didn’t watch last night’s awards outside of the Whitney tribute. But I felt like they did Whitney justice and I could tell this award show was a lot better than what I expected it to be. I was also very impressed by the new marketing campaign of BET too. The “We got you” ads were really nice, so hopefully the programming will deliver…still not sure I will be tuning in tho LOL

    July 2, 2012
  • They did a good job this year much better than previous years and that was Chante moore huh I was like it can’t be can it. That Whitney tribute was all that she is a strong mother to sing.

    July 2, 2012
  • #10! Girl, I’m dying over here!! LOL
    Love this post. I missed the first half of the show, but from what I read on my timeline you got it right!

    July 2, 2012
  • Roses Daughter

    I was at work, but my twitter timeline did good telling me what was happening. I did TiVo it, do I’ll see it sometime this week

    July 2, 2012
  • The Whitney Houston Tribute and D’Angelo performance were the highlights of the show for me. I almost didn’t recognize Chante Moore. She has aged very gracefully.

    I loved Valerie’s feathered bangs! And I wish they would bring Rap City back!

    July 2, 2012
  • It was FAR better than year’s past. The Whitney tribute was the highlight for me. It’s the best I’ve seen so far.

    July 2, 2012
  • Joe is fine. I have always been a Joe fan I’m just mad he has never really quite gotten the props he deserved.

    Girl stop. I thought D’angelo needed some coconut oil for that dry twist out.

    I didn’t like Brandy’s performance. I think I may be the only one who didn’t.

    Hollers at Urban Mullet!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2012

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