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The BE(s)T of the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013

The BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired last night on – you guessed it – BET, is not your average awards show. First, it’s not a live. The awards were filmed in Atlanta on September 28th and the full list of winners were announced in advance of the broadcast. Second, it’s really not about the winners’ reveal, it’s all about the performances and the cyphers.

Last night’s broadcast was a tightly packed two hours with a few standouts and one notable winner overall. Drake and Kendrick Lamar took home the most awards, but it was who left the most lasting impression. Let’s take a look at some of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ bests: READ FULL STORY

Kevin Hart at the VMAs: How did he do?

Last year at the VMAs, Bieber-sized comedian Kevin Hart stole the show with his ceremony-opening comedy routine.

This year, MTV made him the emcee for the whole event.

During his opening monologue, Hart didn’t really skewer any celebs — except for Russell Brand (“Two years! How did that happen?” he asked of the Brit’s multi-year VMA hosting gig) — but he did offer his take on various pop culture events of the last few months.

On Drake and Chris Brown’s bar brawl: “Here’s what you don’t know about Drake,” said Hart. “Drake is from Canada. He loves to recycle…” Hart explained that the only reason Drake allegedly threw a bottle across the bar was because he was trying to throw it into a recycling bin. When it allegedly hit Chris Brown, Hart says that Drake explained he was aiming for “the bin,” but Brown heard him say, “Bitch.”

On Snooki’s new baby, Lorenzo: Hart said he was glad Snooki finally gave birth, since she’d had her baby “in the oven” for so long. Not that the heat should matter too much. “You’ve been cookin your skin for a while,” quipped Hart.

On Kristen Stewart’s cheating scandal: Hart joked that, following Kristen Stewart’s alleged affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, a new dwarf joined the block. “Look, we’ve got Sleepy, Grumpy, Adultery,” he said. Still, Hart said that people shouldn’t be too hard on her: “Everybody’s mad at Kristen Stewart for making a mistake… If she did, so what? It’s over. Move on.”

All in all, it wasn’t a particularly funny opening. Hart mostly told stories — like his fairly lame account of why Frank Ocean came out — but kept light on jokes. Still, he’s indisputably excited to be there, and kept the opening brisk, which is always good. Plus, the guy gets major points for willingly standing next to the towering Dwight Howard.

Readers, what’d you think?

The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Kevin Hart to host the MTV VMAs, releases announcement video with Kimye

Are you ready for the KKK to invade the MTV VMAs next month?

No, not that KKK — we mean host Kevin Hart and his besties Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The trio released a video on today announcing that comedian and Think Like a Man star Hart would be hosting the Sept. 6 awards ceremony.

Given how strongly his stand-up specials perform, not to mention his role in this spring’s sleeper hit Think, it makes sense he’s finally going to get a large national platform. Hart, of course, has experience with these sort of events — he hosted last year’s BET Awards.

In the video, he pitches nicknames that he and Kimye can use collectively, starting with Kevyekim and ending with KKK. (Hart to Kardashian: “You got a white hoodie?”) Check it out in the video below:


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