[The Tens] The Top 10 Fails At The 2011 BET Awards
The 2011 BET have come and gone. While we’re used to a ton of f*ckery at the network’s award show, this year’s wasn’t all that horrific. They finally found the right host as Kevin Hart did a great job. The inclusion of the cast from The Five Heartbeats was nice to see, as well as a great performance by Jill Scott. Okay, we got the good out of the way. Now how about those failures! You can’t have the BET Awards without failure somewhere in the sentence. We got our fill with everything from Chris Brown‘s lost luggage to a very awkward moment for a fan of the network. Count ‘em down with us kids!
1) Wheelchair Jimmy Disrespected Again!
We’re not sure what BET has against Drake, but it sure was evident at the 2011 BET Awards. After the 2009 fiasco where Drizzy was surrounded by girls too young to comprehend Degrassi as Lil Wayne sang “I just wanna f*ck every girl in the world,” 2011′s charade totally played “Wheelchair Jimmy” to the left. We’re going to set aside the fact that the network screwed up a fan’s moment to shine by confusing the hell out of her when announcing the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” But we gotta feel for Drake when he found out he didn’t win the award with Rihanna due to a technical screw up and accepted the award by saying “This is awkward.” Even more awkward was when he had to hand the award over to Chris Brown. Oh, and did we mention Drake won squat? Yeah, that too.
2) Music Matters…Until It’s Time For Commercials
So BET has this thing called “Music Matters” when new artists get a little shine. But it’s difficult to call it “Music Matters” when each artist had their performance cut off to pay the bills. Contrary to what they tell you, music doesn’t matter, making money does.
3) Somebody Lost Chris Brown’s Luggage (We Hope)
It was painfully obvious that the 2011 BET Awards became the “Chris Brown Redemption Show” after the network played him to the left back in 2009. But that’s not our qualm here, it’s the wardrobe choices that Chris Brown made that were strange just for the sake of being strange. This little number here? He went full retard with the clothing choice. It looks like his knees got Nicki Minaj booty injections. He wasn’t the only fashion failure though.
4) Talentless Best Group Category
The nominees for “Best Group” included Diddy Dirty Money, Cali Swag District, N.E.R.D., New Boyz & Travis Porter. Hmmmm…somebody is missing. Could it be the greatest live touring band in hip-hop that dropped a critically acclaimed album in 2010 and play nightly on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon?” We forgot, BET is allergic to talent.
5) Beyonce Dials It In From Glastonbury
How disappointing did it have to be for people in the audience to watch Beyonce via satellite in Glastonbury at the BET Awards? All those performances and then you get a big screen with Beyonce entertaining a bunch of other people. We guess that BET couldn’t put enough zeros on that check to get her out there. You gotta be the truth of the network’s biggest show will let you be one of the final performances of the night via satellite. Must have been boring inside the Shrine Auditorium.
6) Nobody Budgeted Instrumentals?
BET spent all this loot for this production but apparently nobody was able to budget in instrumentals without vocals so artists wouldn’t sound foolish as they tried to rap over their own voice. Whoever that person was that didn’t handle the biz should be fired immediately. It was like celebrity karaoke out there.
7) The Nicki Minaj Award
Nicki Minaj is to BET today what Hulk Hogan was to the WWF in the 1980s. No matter who she’s up against, she’ll hulk up and win the award. And BET did one helluva job putting her against unworthy competition. Hell, her acceptance speech signaled that this is pretty ridiculous. No Jean Grae? No Rah Digga? No Trina? No anybody? What the hell is the purpose of even going through this charade if you aren’t going to put her up against other dope female emcees. We’ve got a few that deserve a crack at the Nicki Minaj world title.
8) DJ Khaled Solidifies His “Most Annoying Man Alive Status”
Tell us again, what does DJ Khaled do? Oh, round up a bunch of rappers and then proceed to yell throughout the song? He makes Lil Jon‘s “Yeah!” and “Okay!” seem so much less obnoxious than his rabid cries of “We The Best!” Who the hell is “we” and why are you part of anything that’s the best? GTFOHWTBS! You’re just annoying as hell buddy. Beat it.
9) The Performance Of The Night Goes To…Patti Labelle!?!?
It makes no damn sense when a 67-year-old Patti Labelle gets on stage and puts every single last one of the performers (with the exception of Jill Scott) to shame with her performance. Dude, she’s 67! We’re over here hailing Alicia Keys and the rest as great artists but they can’t outdo Ms. Labelle? Y’all suck.
10) BET Hates Their Fans
We’re not sure how else to explain how this fan got railroaded by BET’s failure to communicate backstage other than they just don’t care about their fans. Tiffany Green, the fan who was to announce the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” While sandwiched between Terrence and Rocsi, Tiffany announced the winner of the award was Chris Brown. And then it happened. It was like the dark gloom of doom overcame her as a “Oh my God” look took over her face and she attempted to correct herself by saying that Drake and Rihanna had won the award. At anytime Terrence and Rocsi could have saved this poor deer in the headlights. It wasn’t like she’s used to these type of screw ups. She couldn’t even shrug it off as everyone was looking at her. Then, Drake takes to the stage to accept the award on behalf of Rihanna only to find out that it’s actually Chris Brown who won. Oh boy…that was awkward. Wait…we know what’s even more awkward, the fact that Chris Brown beat Rihanna (no pun intended).