The BET Awards pre-show delivered exactly what you would expect. A lackluster show with no major star power (outside of Nick Cannon whom host the pre-show) until the final 10 minutes leading up to the main show. Jacquees graced the blue carpet stage and it’s safe to say it was his first time on such a platform. Although he may have sincerely wanted the intro to be perfect, him stopping the track, mid-way through and starting again made the performance hard to follow. The dancing was awkward and so was his breath control. The performance wardrobe defiantly fit the bill. Poorly cropped and ill fitting. I’d advise far more rehearsals before he hits another red carpet
Kyle treated the crowd to “i Spy”, his breakout hit of the year. We could have done without Lil Yachty’s low delayed energy. Yachty staying on stage to do another track seemed impromptu and unorganized. Kyle, maybe leave him and/or his blunt home next time. August Alsina and 21 Savage each took the stage too and of course Mr. Alsina didn’t disappoint but the highlight had to be Travor Jackson. Seeing Jackson start on “American Crime” last season to the blue carpet stage is like light year speed. All the projects that he is currently working keeps him busy but he still has time to stay fit and stylish. This young man is one to watch.
Bruno Mars maybe paint size but his opening packed a mighty punch! The laid back vintage jersey’s and ball cap’s were the perfect mask for this high energy ensemble. From start to finish, Mars and his band kept the crowd on their feet. With each drop of sweat, Bruno gave that much more energy. The opening was for sure 24K magic.Leslie Jones was a sheer waste of Viacom money. The loud, black, stereo-type opening that she delivered fell flat. Their wasn’t enough jumping or sweating that could have saved Jones excruciatingly embarrassing set. Call the stage hands to mop up the rest of her face as well as any chance of her returning as host at anytime soon. Can we stop and talk about the fact that Netflix put together an advert show casing how they support black actors and black based content. Dare I say the message was that “Black Lives Matters?” Way to go Netflix.
French Montana shocked the crowd to say the least. Typically, not an all around stage commander, Montana actually had a creative director that executed his concept perfectly. Or so you thought. Look closely. Anything look familiar? Maybe travel back in time one full year to when a woman demanded the stage with water, fire, and African themed dancers lead by a powerful speech from the late great MLK. In fact, if you look closer, the female dancers are almost a cheap replica of last years opening act. This was an epic fail for Montana and company. Solange win was well deserved and well over due. The creative genius finally is being recognized for being the risk taking, envelope pusher that she truly is. It was perfect that her sister was unable to attend so that Solange could stand rightfully in her own light.
Trey Songz… No thank you for the moment. Let’s hope that “Trigger” is going through something. He’s like the cute little cousin that your friends all wanted. That is until said cousin go’s away to college and comes home a washed up pot head. We expect more from our Trigger Trey. Let’s hope he gets it together. Say what you will about Chris Brown but the kid is talented. Never stale, Brown’s choreography was superb, lighting exquisite, affects settle but dominate. Perfection as always. You can count on Chris to show up looking like a treat and giving us one in his performance. Nothing can be said about the queen of hip-hop soul, accept could she not find a baby sitter? Asap rocky added nothing. In fact, it was boarder line disrespectful to see him with a big smile on his face as she works through a painful time in her life. Bruno understood and it registered on his face.
New Edition (the new edition) performances were incredible. The old edition, however, needs to keep their day jobs. The vocals were off, the moves were late and dare I say someone seemed a little “lifted”. Of course the most anticipated prize of the evening “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” didn’t come as a shocker. Remy Ma has a question for anyone that doubted her trumpet return “are you dumb?" Short, sweet and to the point, Remy collected her award and took shots at you guessed it... Nicki Minaj. The well deserved victory was the start to Remy’s “bring the crown back to the BX campaign”. The campaign both began and completed its self last night on that stage.