The 2017 BET Awards was the first time I watched the awards (from beginning to end) in about 4 or 5 years. Usually, I just watched the highlights, because it hadn’t been as entertaining to me. I decided to be spontaneous and give it another go this year and I’m happy that I watched the awards. There was a few “hell no” moments, but that had nothing to do with BET. The lineup was amazing. The artist and actresses who won awards all deserved it. It was just all around good and I’ll explain why.
Leslie Jones – The Host
Leslie Jones was a pretty cool host. She was funny and she joked about things that people tried to ruin her with… I don’t need to go into details, do I? I also liked how she talked to the old Leslie and gave her advice and told her what to expect in the future. On top of all of that, this woman will be 50 this year and she looks amazing for her age. Go Leslie!
Lifetime Achievement Award – New Edition
I’ll admit that I have NOT seen The New Edition movie, but after last night, I’ll be watching it very soon. Without watching this movie, I know this award was well deserved, they’ve all been through a lot, so I’m happy BET decided to present this award to them. It’s both amazing and a blessing that they’re all here. We know (and Johnnie reminded us) that Hollywood can build you up and make you feel loved and wanted, but they can also break you down and make you feel hated and mentally depressed. Yes, I know they’re all shy of 50, which is young, but so many who they came up with didn’t make it this far. I’m proud of all them and I’m this reunification happened in my time.
Xscape – Reuniting?
Xscape was umm decent. Tiny was just horrible all the way around, but she was pretty. And not to mention, she messed up her own lyrics in Understanding! I know I didn’t write the song, but I KNOW those lyrics and when she said “you betta listen to me boy” instead of “you should have listened to me boy,” I got irritated.
Now Kandi sounded good in Understanding, but then I think she started feeling herself too much because in Just Kicking It she took a turn for the worse- or maybe she was just tired. The other two girls, who are not as much in the limelight as Tiny and Kandi were better than both of them.
If they’re going to reunite, they need to do it the right way. When you’re coming back out, you’re suppose to kill it! You’re suppose to show the world that you have what it takes. New Edition was better than them and they’ve been out the game longer than Xscape.
Humanitarian Award/Best New Artist – Chance The Rapper
I just recently heard of him when my 22-year old coworker was asking me if I knew one of his songs. I didn’t think I did until she played No Problem. Even then, I still didn’t know the man behind the music until last night. I’m a music head, so this morning, I spent time listening to Color Book and all I asked myself is “Where have you been?” He is a dope artist! He makes real music and he donated 1 million dollars to Chicago’s CPS and then a series of 10,000 to 10 different schools in the city! He’s blessed, so he’s sharing his blessings. This man is 24-years old and he is the youngest person to win this award! His speech was amazing and he brought his mother as his plus one. The Obama’s even showed him love! Shutout to him and I promise I’m keeping tabs on him from here on out.
Best Male R&B/Pop Award – Bruno Mars
He’ll be the last person I touch on just because he’s a first time BET Award winner and attender and he opened the show with Perm. He got the crowd hype and ready to get out of there seats and dance. Again, this is another award that was well deserved! When I hear Bruno sing, I sometimes get that old school vibe and he has in own style! He don’t follow these latest trends and he’s not just going with the flow. I was surprised that this was his first BET Awards! But did you all see him sleep during Mary’s performance?
This is just my brief overview of the Bet Awards. There was a few performances that could have been better, but overall it was worth the full four hours! Nothing but love to Bet who continue to show love and support to the Back community and embrace the culture because outside of the performances, that’s what the Bet Awards is all about. No other Network (outside of TV one) has given us this much love and dedication.