In a night dedicated to the late, yet great Michael Jackson, the 2009 BET Awards displayed the most unbelievable ode to the “King of Pop.” The night began with a surprise feature (that Marlon Wayans gave away in the pre-show..oops) by New Edition (Ronny, Bobby (yes Bobby Brown), Ricky, Mike, Ralph T. and Johnny Gill as they welcomed the crowd to Jackson 5 songs along with the dance routines and N.E. swagger. The crowd had no idea who was on stage at first as they showed Diddy realizing Bobby Brown was on stage. Amazing performance and it felt so right to see New Edition on stage again.
Jaime Foxx was introduced and walked on stage in perfect “M.J.” attire… The “Beat It” video girl. The red zipper jacket, the black tight pants, the blue undershirt, the white socks and black shoes. He wouldn’t let the crowd sit down as he cracked joke after joke about his love for the King. THE WHOLE NIGHT WAS DEDICATED TO the KING and it FELT SOOOO GOOD, didn’t it y’all? Speaking of “KING’s,” LeBron James took home the first award of the night, Athlete of the Year and Lil Wayne grabbed rapper of the year. Congrats and respect to you both.
Keri Hilson did a phenomenal job showing M.J. love with her presentation of “Knock You Down.” She was decked out with the “Billie Jean” video swagger and I must say, her performance was dope and Keri H. is BEAUTIFUL.. REAL LIFE BEAUTIFUL. Jaime Foxx was the perfect host of the awards this year if you ask me. He refused to let the people, the black people, forget who they were there for and it was perfect. Great performance by the way Jaime on Blame it on the Alcohol. Special features by Travis Barker, Snoop Doggy Dogg and T-Pain put it down!!! #HOLLAWONIMO!!
Beyonce Knowles, known for her uptempo performances with back up dancers and such, performed two slow ballads beautifully decked out in all white. They woman is super talented, I must say. Her outfit was crazy as hell, but she gets down. Get ’em Girl!!! Did I mention Jaime Foxx did a great job? His gear was the D.O.P.E.S.T. s*ih, ever!! Mad love to Mary, Mary. Hate all you will, people.. IT’S THE GOD IT ME. Damn Queen Latifah can rap. Let’s not forget y’all. Mc Lyte, Queen Latifah and Yo-Yo were some bad bit*hes.That’s my shout out the fly women out there. Special congratulations to Keri Hilson on the New Artist Award. Damn, you fine baby.. love you!
Not to the fellas. Thanks to Ne-Yo, the old -time pioneers of R&B got to come and represent. Keith Sweat, Guy and Bell Biv Devoe?? GET REAL, BET… You did and AMAZING job and set a standard for Award Ceremonies to follow. Oh did i mention the whole show was in memory, respect and honor of MICHAEL “King of Pop” JACKSON. Damn, we love you Mike.
What an ode to The O’Jays.. The 2009 BET Lifetime Achievement Award. This is five decades of music, we’re talking people. Fifty years?? The O’Jays (all from Ohio) Come the hell on! Tevin Campbell, Johnny Gill, Trey Songs and Tyrese?? Introduced by Don Cornelius, the host of Soul Train? Not to mention, the “sh*t bomb”dropped by lead singer Eddie LVert. Damn, man.. The O’Jays.
The 2009 BET Awards was the perfect display of music for me. It was just enough of the music of the yesteryear that definitely placed me in the position to sing in choirs, dance in dance groups and start my solo hip hip career. On the other hand, the modern era music/artists such as Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson, Beyonce and others made me realize the R&B genre is in great hands. The King would be proud.
Michael Jackson is a legacy. He left 45 years of music for us to never forget. He will live longer than you, me, my daughters daughters and their cousins daughters as well. Long time, huh? Janet Jackson was the highlight of the evening for me. The fact the she could have the strength, love, compassion and will to walk onto the stage and represent her family was ASTONISHING! Janet, we here at the B.YONEST INVAZION STAFF love you, your family and are proud to feel like family. You said tonight “We miss him so much” and I can’t imagine what you’re feeling. We are highly empathetic to you Ms. Jackson and we will never forget. NEVER! ALL HAIL, fellow African Americans and EVERYONE else. Black I.S. Beautiful!! ALL HAIL!