The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was the home for Last night’s 10th Annual BET Awards. Hosted by first-timer Comedian Kevin Hart, the show rapidly began with a stepping routine and continued with jokes about various celebs throughout the night…particularly with a spoof entitled “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
Some surprises of the night included the 20th Anniversary of the 5 Heartbeats and the 1980’s group After7. 50 years in the game and Patti Labelle still has it as she received the highest honor – BET’s Life Time Achievement Award, presented by her dear friend Glady’s Knight.
Labelle gave back by singing a crowd pleaser: “Lady Marmalade.” Labelle’s response to receiving the honor: “Thank God that I’m still standing.”
BET Chairman Debra Lee, presented, author, comedian, and radio host, Steve Harvey with the Humanitarian Award. “A true gentleman who acts like a comedian, but thinks like a citizen of the world,” said Lee before announcing Harvey. “God blesses us to become a blessing,” said Harvey. The entertainer humbly confessed how God changed him into the man that he is today and that was the underlining theme of his thank-you speech.
Other BET winners included, the Subway Sportsman/Woman of the year – Serena Williams and Michael Vik, winning in the Best Group category with Dirty Money.
Stars attending were everyone from: Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, to pop-singing sensation, Justin Beiber and Gospel-Singer, Shirley Caesar.
Ledisi, paid a beautiful homage to the late: Tina Marie singing: “Out On a Limb.”
Of those nominated Chris Brown was the leader winning four. A mix-up happened when a fan was allowed to call out the award for Viewer’s Choice Award, first naming his ex Rhianna, then naming Brown and next Rapper Drake coming on to the stage accepting the award. The mix-up was settled at the end of the show. Brown thanks viewers via twitter.
2010 Karate Kid Actress, Taraji P. Henson won for Best Actress along with Thor and Takers star Idris Elba for Best Actor.
Matters segment were up- and- coming artists get to show off their talent.
Female Hip hop award went to the eccentric, Nicki Minaj. The rapper got flustered and thanks rapper Lil Wayne for believing in her even when she was rapping on the stoop and to Yung Money.
The most talked about performances of the night were former Destiny’s Child member Kelly and her the top performance with R&B singer Trey Songz. And Alicia Keys World Premiere of a new song and then again with two classics “Fallin” “A Woman’s Worth”, Singer Bruno Mars surprised us with a duet, while he played a vintage baby-blue guitar. The show also host a Music Matters segment were up- and- coming artists get to show off their talent. To end the show, Pop- Entertainer Beyonce previewed two of her new songs live from her concert in England.