He started from the bottom, but now he’s on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.
BET announced the nominees Tuesday. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for 8 awards each. READ FULL STORY »
Chris Brown certainly has a hard time getting people to understand him, doesn’t he?
His new release Fortune hits store shelves tomorrow, and while accepting his BET Award for Best Male R&B on last night’s telecast, C. Breezy confused a few people by alluding to the fact that it might be his final entry.
“My last album that’s coming out in two days … I just want to thank all my fans. It’s dedicated to y’all. This one’s for y’all, man, I appreciate everything.”
But according to his reps, Brown merely misspoke and has no plans on bailing out of the music business.
Apparently, he also has no intentions of stepping away from the beef business either. READ FULL STORY »
Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.
The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.
The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.
That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.
Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.
The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”
As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-’Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:
Brown, who appeared via a pre-recorded video (watch below), won three awards, alongside his “Look At Me Now” collaborators Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, including Best Hip-Hop Video, People’s Champ Award, and the Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (which, as it turns out, is not so much about candy, as it is musical collaborations.)
Busta Rhymes, who was named the winner of the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, accepted the trophies on their behalf. Lil Wayne, who was also absent from last night’s show, walked away with two of his own BET Hip Hop Awards for both Best Live Performer and Lyricist of the Year. Click below for Brown’s video and a complete list of the night’s winners, including awards for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Waka Flocka Flame. READ FULL STORY »
The 2011 BET Awards were broadcast on Sunday night from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and the big winner was Chris Brown, who lit up last year’s show with his tribute to Michael Jackson. The event was star-packed with a Who’s Who of R&B and hip-hop celebs ranging from P. Diddy to Justin Bieber to the multi-talented offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The evening of awards and performances (many with bleeped lyrics) kicked off with a medley from Mary J. Blige and a no-hold-barred monologue from host Kevin Hart. The theme of Hart’s schtick was that he was going to dish out some tough love to the assembled stars. And he proceeded to take gentle jabs at folks like Busta Rhymes (for his busy outfit) and Rick Ross (for his flabby man boobs), but seemed to lose his nerve when it came to roasting Diddy.
Here’s a rundown of the evening’s major winners:
Editor’s note: Show’s over, but you can still relive the night’s highs and lows by scrolling down and clicking Play on the live blog module below. Enjoy!
Beyoncé’s pulling double duty this evening. While headlining the Glastonbury Festival out in England, she’ll be on TV Stateside for the 2011 BET Awards and a simulcast performance. Other A-list celebs with a considerably less stressful Sunday night planned will hit the stage as well.
Will Chris Brown top last year’s show-stealing tribute to Michael Jackson? Will Kelly Rowland outshine her Destiny’s Child bestie? Will host, comedian Kevin Hart, actually be funny? And can the tough guy rappers he’ll likely pick on take a joke? We’ll find out tonight while, of course, weighing in on every last bit of it.
Join us this evening for our 2011 BET Awards coverage live-blog. We, along with the good folks at Essence, will be covering the red carpet from 7pm to 8pm EST. Then stick around for the whole crazy show, which kicks off at 8pm EST. See you then!
Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz are the latest artists set to perform at the 2011 BET Awards, EW has learned exclusively. Additionally, Cee-Lo Green will also make a “special appearance” at the show, which will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on June 26 on cable network BET.
BET has already announced some talent for the telecast, including host Kevin Hart, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Patti LaBelle, Humanitarian Award honoree Steve Harvey.
Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, and Jill Scott have also been previously confirmed to be performing. Nominees for the show’s awards — including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj — were revealed last month.
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Chris Brown‘s unlikely comeback continues.
Yesterday, BET announced the nominees for their 2011 BET Awards, and the embattled pop star pulled in six noms, more than any other artist this go around.
Amongst his noms, he’s up for Best Male Artist, and Best Collaboration and Video of the Year, for his Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes-assisted “Look at Me Now.”
The rest of the nominees feature the usual suspects. Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne are featured in the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist circle. Nicki Minaj, really the only relevant rapstress out, headlines Best Female Hip-Hop category.
BET helped YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson add about three minutes to his designated 15 minutes of fame last night. Dodson, who became an Internet celeb after his rescue rant about a Huntsville, Ala., rapist on the loose was remixed and auto-tuned this summer, surprised an audience of the rap world’s elite at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards last night. He and Michael Gregory — creator of the “Bed Intruder Song” — appeared at the ceremony, much to the delight of the audience. Shots of the crowd reveal more than a few laughing faces — though it doesn’t appear that Keri Hilson was amused. And really, neither was I. It was one of the cornier moments of the night. Looked to me that most of the people doubled over were laughing at Dodson and not with him. I just changed the channel. Did you?
Check out the clip — and the original viral video starring Dodson — after the jump.
MTV News reports.Nicki Minaj doesn’t even have an album out yet, but she was one of the biggest winners at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were taped on Saturday for an upcoming broadcast. The Young Money rapper took home Rookie of the Year, People’s Champ, and Made You Look (style) awards,
Jay-Z tied Minaj’s award total, taking home trophies in the categories of Perfect Combo (Alicia Keys duet “Empire State of Mind”), CD of the Year, and Best Live Performer. Other awards went to Rick Ross (Club Banger of the Year and Track of the Year, both for “B.M.F.”), Salt-N-Pepa (I Am Hip-Hop), Diddy (Hustler), Swizz Beatz (Producer of the Year), and DJ Khaled (Best DJ).
This year’s Hip-Hop Awards will air Oct. 12 at 8 P.M. on BET. Will you be tuning in? Which award categories are you most looking forward to seeing televised?
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