2017 BET Awards: The Hits and The Misses

The BET Awards aired last night and they didn’t disappoint. The star-studded awards seemed a little more balanced in terms of acts for everybody. There were great performances and some…yeah.  There was something for everybody. Let’s get into it.

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BET Awards


3. Trey Songz

The yodeling “crooner” didn’t fail to give a lackluster performance of  his singles “Nobody Else But You” and “Animals”. He, clearly, has the baddest agent in the land because he stays booked for awards shows. Issa no for me, Dawg!

2. Mary J. Blige

Everybody’s favorite auntie, Mary J. Blige,  looked amazing tonight. Unfortunately, she didn’t sound amazing.  She performed “Set Me Free” and “Love Yourself.” and even A$AP Rocky couldn’t breathe any life into the set. At this point in the game- she, definitely, should be showing out on stage. She did do her signature “Auntie Stomp”. We will ALWAYS be here for that!

1. Maxwell

Maxwell just hasn’t been right since he cut his hair and last night’s “eccentric” performance of his 2016 hit “God” was a perfect example of that. Typically, when a singer rolls around on the ground, he’s cutting up. See Bilal’s *click the link* performance for the Prince tribute. Maxwell’s antics just came off like toddler throwing a temper tantrum.

The Hits

The BET Awards had a lot of great moments but the very best were:

4. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars was phenomenal on stage. He sang and danced while a band played live music. It’s exactly what a live performance should look like. It was a party and I wanted to be there.

3. El Debarge AKA “Cat Daddy Smooth”


Decked out in a red suit from the finest “Catdashery”,  El Debarge strutted out on stage to belt out George Michael’s hit single “Careless Whisper”. It would have been easy to cast him aside as a person who could sing this classic jam. However, the well-coiffed artist did a pretty good job including ending the song with his signature falsetto high note.

2. New Edition

After 35 years in the music industry, New Edition still has it.  They received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award and the cast from their BET movie performed. Luke James, singer cast as Johnny Gill,  even brought the guys to their feet during his solo.  It was apparent that New Edition’s music has stood the test of time. Everybody- young and old, was into the performance. Johnny, Ralph and Bobby sang their leads and even though they are in their 50’s- New Edition can still kill their choreography.

1.  Tamar Braxton

The BEST performance at the BET Awards was Tamar Braxton. Word in the these Twitter streets is she was lip syncing.

All that was missing was her kicking off her heels and taking off her wig and throwing it in the audience. Her performance WAS FIRE!

We can’t wait to do it again next year! Who were your favorites?

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

  1. Tamar Braxton gave so much….. And I was totally here for it…. Give a on tune Bish her PROPS…. This women keeps on going you cant knock her performance or her hustle…. Hard worker great voice beautiful performance…. She showed up and showed out…

    Mary J Bliges outfit and her abs…. Came to slay!

    Bruno Mars well some of the other guys might want to work a little harder… He came he saw he did that!

    El Debarge…. I dont know why he was singing a George Micheal song at the BET awards but I am glad he did it…..

    New Edition ………. Just, Thank You! Doing it so well for so long… Thanks..

    Maxwell…. Uhmm Well You know when he was really poppin like err 10 -15 years ago

    Who was the faux Erykah Badu that sung two songs? Dreadful…

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