Yeah!! Popwrapped's first BET Awards coverage!! Arriving to the carpet, my camera man, Daniel Thompson and I were greeted by the heat and trust me, that was nothing to play with.
If this was Atlanta, I think it would have been a wrap after 30 minutes. Here is my breakdown of the red carpet giving you the good, indifferent, and ugly.
Gabriel Union, Salli Richardson, Eva, Ciara, LisaRaye, Zendaya, Amber Rose, Flo Rida, Laverne Cox and Tracee Ellis Ross[gallery type="slideshow" ids="91264,91265,91266,91267,91270,91272,91273,91276,91277,91279"]
Kelly Roland, Nicki Minaj & Meek, Chris Brown, Machine Gun Kelly, Karrueche Tran, Naturi, Monica, LeToya Luckett and La La[gallery type="slideshow" ids="91330,91282,91283,91286,91287,91324,91327,91328,91329"]
Bobby Valentino, Dej Loaf, Kendrick Lamar, Bryshere Y. Gray (Yazz from Empire) and Lil Mama[gallery type="slideshow" ids="91331,91332,91333,91338,91336"]
Now on to the awards itself and my 2 cents:
I must give it up to Tracie Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson. They kept us thoroughly entertained throughout the 5 hour... I mean... 3 1/2 hour broadcast. The Sam Smith skit was genius. Kendrick Lamar is the dude; I'm so glad he won, as there would have been a fight in the Microsoft Theatre that night if he hadn't.
Although we can all agree that Janelle Monae is bae, I was trying to figure out what her dancing was all about. Jidenna was fly, I must admit. I will be watching out for him this year... in regards to fashion, that is. I still can't believe The Game will be leaving us for good this year!
I'm glad the Akil's brought "Ding Dong" and "Med School" to close it out. Usually I'm screaming "Breeeezzzzzy" but I felt cheated. Maybe it was the countless cameo's that did it, I don't know, but let's keep it to a maximum of two next time so your performance is the highlight.
Shout-out to Southpaw... you have to go and see this. It's directed by the same guy who did Training Day and the writers from Sons of Anarchy.
I'm waiting for MC Lyte to take ALL the announcing jobs - no really, her voice is everywhere! I'm always wishing for La La to slay, but something about this outfit didn't quite do it for me this go around.
The Weekend & Alicia Keys performance together was pretty good in my opinion and that's maybe because not only do I love the song but I thought it worked out well for the both of them. Tori Kelly... YES!!! Sign that young lady ASAP!!! I'm sure you all noticed Smokey Robinson going IN - In and out of prayer, that is. I was waiting to do a two step but I couldn't tell if he was finished or not. Puffy's face said what we hoped no one would do: express the need for Smokey to take his time. He did make valuable points though, like only he can in between the shade. He's earned the right to, being the backbone to Motown Records.
I gave two snaps and a "yassssssss" to my uncle Anthony Hamilton. I love Empire, God knows I do, but I would have liked hearing V. Bozman open up the show. The same three step they are doing is a bit much.
I swear every time I see Robin Thick I'm rolling in laughter. Maybe it's because he was begging last year for Paula to take him back and it was an epic fail... or... nope... that's it. I just need some time to come back around to liking him.
Rihanna putting duck tape over Floyd's mouth... YES!!! I got your money! The cameras were on her all night for some reason.
The Bad Boy Reunion was EVERYTHING. My heart jumped this high for joy since Beyonce came in person to the BET Awards to turn it out. I don't think a single soul was sitting down when the Lil Kim popped out on stage with, "Wanna bumble with the bee huh?!". I couldn't believe it. Seeing Faith, Puffy, and Kim on the same stage together was unbelievable. It would have been nice to see Total though; "Can't You See" was the jam back in the day.
Janet Jackson... yes, she snatched all edges when she walked on the stage bringing the tribute to a halt. Although Ciara, Jason, and Tinashe danced their hearts out, I was hoping... wishing... praying that Janet would give me an 8 count to take this over the top. I must be honest though, after Janet, my colleague Tammie Reed and I gave the rest of the show two fingers. However after returning home, the show came on for the west coast and I was really trying to understand why someone didn't tell Tamar about those lashes.
Lord, that Chile has been in every meme for the past 24 hours and I swear the one with the Sesame Street character took me out of here! All Hip Hop has THE BEST meme collection from this awards show I have EVER seen. I promise, you won't be able to look without tears streaming down your face.
Patti is old school bae. Last but not least... "Don't act like you forgot."[gallery type="slideshow" ids="91348,91347,91346,91345,91344,91343,91342,91341,91340"]
Thank you for rolling with PopWrapped & myself throughout the entire weekend. You can check out the hashtag #PopBET to see what you missed over social media.