Of course, the most hyped moment of last night’s BET krunk-tacle came in the form of one iconic star: Ms. Janet Jackson. BET awarded the iconic diva with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, and enlisted her longtime friends and producers, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, as well as Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe to honor her werk–and they most certainly did.
“We began a fantastic journey with a friend we celebrate tonight. She came to us a young woman with a lot to say and boy did she say it. She is Ms. Janet Jackson,” Lewis said as he and Jimmy Jam introduced the tribute. “At the time there were few women demanding respect and sounding so funky doing it,” Jimmy Jam said. “Janet’s music and her vocal expressions were empowering innovative and provocative.” Once Janet hit the stage after the tribute, looking absolutely fabulous of course, she took front-and-center, telling the crowd, “It’s been a very long journey to this moment,” she said. “My heart is so full. Thank you God for making anything, everything possible. Twenty-five years ago, we created Rhythm Nation hoping the world would be a better place. But today there’s even more to be done.”
“To all the fans,” she said, “I’ve missed you so much and I love you so much.”
Check out the fiery tribute right here.
2.Lil’ Kim and her new face just made the entrance of the year…..
Another highlight of last night’s show was an all-star performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Puff Daddy‘s Bad Boy Records. During the explosive tribute to the iconic label, the Bad Boy mogul – looking lavish his old, old school custom red leather ensemble – recruited a dozen of the label’s biggest artists, which included Ma$e, Jadakiss, Faith Evans and 112 for a dazzling 10-minute mega-medley that also paid tribute to the late, great Biggie Smalls. But, perhaps the biggest moment came when the ratchet queen bee herself, Ms. Lil Kim popped up on stage…literally…in what we will be known as the entrance of the century. You just have to watch right here.
3…..and then Diddy fell through it….
Why is everybody falling this year?
4.It was actually a good show…..
Overall, last night’s show was quite entertaining;hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson owned it and the show was laced with plenty of rousing performances, most notably Kendrick Lamar who explosively opened things up with “Alright, ” Janelle Monae certainly got her “Yoga” on, and The Weeknd, who sung his hit, ‘”Earned It,” tore it up alongside Ms. Alicia Keys. (It’s nice to hear you again, girl.)
Also in the music mix, the show paid tribute to legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award after singers Tori Kelly, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke paid belted out some of his trademark tunes. Robinson, 75, used his speech (and sang!!)as an opportunity to let the youngsters in the industry know that a little humility goes a long way.
“You didn’t start this,” he said. “You were not the first in line. The line started way, way, way, way, way before your great, great, great-grandparents were born. Also, you are not the end of the line. So don’t be so full of yourselves.” Preach, Mr. Smokey!! Check out the legend’s speech right here.
Then there was…Ms. RiRi. Early on in the show, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” bitch was sitting front and center with a roll of silver duct tape, which we still can’t explain. The camera also panned over a few times to show her getting her party on (including during a performance of her now notoriously former boyfriend Chris Brown) but it was what she did backstage that had fans scratching their heads. Allegedly, Cameras “caught her” seconds before coming on stage asking “But why?” and throwing a stack of money in BET executive Stephen Hill‘s face…which was later on to be revealed as a stunt.
5.That created some truly fabulous memes…….
As with every awards program, there’s always plenty of memes to go around, and last night’s show was no exception. For all of your BET Awards meme pleasure, Billboard rounded up their favorite 20, but Philly Mixtape‘s personal favorite came in that hilarious Total meme that popped up after it was noticed that the now defunct former Bad Boy R&B trio were noticeably absent from the tribute. (“Can’t You See“=classic.) Check it out below and then check out the rest of the memes right here….they will absolutely make your Monday.