2012 BET Awards Bring Tears, Laughter & Plenty Of Highlights
By Michael Lopez
Quite a lot has happened since last summer’s BET Awards. Stars like Kevin Hart have risen up the ranks while legends like Whitney Houston said their final goodbyes. This year’s show made a point to address all of that with plenty of mixed emotions in between.
On the positive front, the 2012 BET’s welcomed R&B superstar D’Angelo to the mic after a 12-year absence from TV. Though he lost a little bit of his 90′s rock hard physique, D’Angelo’s pipes were in fine form. During his performance, he worked through the classic hit “How Does It Feel” and received huge cheers from the crowd.
Beyoncé delivered plenty of smiles too, accepting her BET statue for Best Female R&B Artist. Sporting a shimmering yellow ensemble, the new mom took a few moments to thank her musical influences.
“I fell in love with music by listening to R&B,” she said, before dedicating her award to Whitney.
Speaking of Houston, her name seemed to dominate the night. Though it’s been five months since she passed away, Whitney’s influence continued to be felt. In a very moving moment, her mom Cissy took the stage to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as a tribute song. Not surprisingly, she and many in the crowd broke down in tears after it was over.
Chris Brown continued to grab headlines too. During the awards, he hinted about his retirement and put on a performance that drew mixed reviews from critics. Though his singing of “Turn Up The Music” left a bit to be desired, Brown proved he could still bust a move by tearing up the stage in Aztec warrior makeup.
Chris went on to win Best Male R&B Artist, beating out Tr3s fave Bruno Mars. Several other music maestros got honored throughout the night too, including Jay-Z and Kanye West for their “Otis” song and Nikki Minaj as Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
On the movie side of things, Kevin Hart took home the highly-touted Best Actor prize for Think Like A Man. In case you haven’t noticed, Hart is on the Hollywood up-and-up and helped make Think a box office smash. Viola Davis beat out Tr3s fave Zoe Saldana for the top actress award and her movie, The Help, was given the honor of Best Movie of the Year.
And on the red carpet front, the BET’s marked the official debut of Eddie Murphy and Rocsi Diaz as a couple. Though they had already been spotted together in Maui, they finally made things official to the press last night, with Rocsi looking gorgeous and smiling ear-to-ear.
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