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*LIVE COVERAGE* BET AWARDS 2009: The Show

We'll be updating this post as the show goes on. Live video footage from backstage is at the end of this post... And some more:

Keyshia Cole performed with Monica their single "Trust."  Interesting look for Keyshia.  Monica rocked the song.

Queen Latifah hit the stage with Mary Mary.

Lil Wayne hit the stage with baby and Drake--who tore his ACL so he performed sitting down.

Kerry looked nice accepting her first BET Award.

And Ciara sang "Heal The World" to tribute Michael.  Yeah.... More pics from the show:

Beyonce accepted an award.  Looking hot in a multi colored mini dress.  Even though it felt a little flnstone-ish.  Her hubby Jay performed D.O.A.  His official video for it that just aired wasn't too shabby either.

Soulja Boy literally hopped up out the bed and turned his swage on...

KeKe Palmer flexed her pipes and belted out an MJ song.  Loves it.

Chaka had Estelle and LeToya Luckett taking notes.  Loved LeToya's dress.

BBD and Keith Sweat brought the 90's back!  One of my fave performaces.

And Trey Songz and Tyrese and Johnny Gill performed a tribute to the O'Jays.  A did a fab job.

11:37p EST: Janet Jackson just took the stage.  Understandably shaken but still solid.  She's speaking about her family's love for their son and brother.  And how much pain the family is in.  She also thanks everyone for all their love they've shown.  "I'll Be There" tribute taking place now with Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, and others... 11:05p EST: Usher's reps just sent this statement regarding him not making it back in time for the BET Awards even though he was trying to:
“It is with regret that I am unable to participate in the BET Awards Tribute to Michael Jackson on June 28th. When the BET Awards producers and organizers reached out to me to participate in the tribute, I was extremely flattered and humbled by the opportunity to pay tribute to the world’s greatest musical icon. Unfortunately, I am currently overseas and would not make it back in time to the Awards show. I look forward to seeing the show and I plan to work on a tribute to Michael Jackson when I return.”

11:00p EST: We're trying to figure out why Lebron has his boys sitting next to him on the front row while his fiance/mother of his children Savannah is sitting a few rows behind him.  Congrats to him on winning Sports person of the year though...Diddy didn't bring Assie to the event, but Dawn is sitting right next to him on the front row...We never want to hear Tiny or Toya speak again or promo their new show.  Ever.

10:41p EST: SPOTTED: Alicia Keys in the audience sans Swizz Beatz.  Kanye and Amber extra cuddly dancing to the O'Jays.  And a BET producer who took the stage during a commercial break to propose to his girlfriend.  Sweet... 10:09p EST: Keyshia Cole/Monica performed "Trust" and we're wondering if Keyshia meant to look like MJ.  We're also wondering if Chris Brown decided not to come and pay tribute because Hov popped up on the stage.  Wow @ Don Cornelius.... 9:18p EST: Jamie, T-Pain, Snoop and Travis Barker's "Blame It" performance:

Best of the night so far.  Hot.  And still LOL @ the Wanda/Shenanah Skank Robbers preview... 9:08p EST:

New Edition opened the show. I actually really liked the performance and "I Want You Back" tribute to Michael.

Lil Wayne won an award and brought all of N.O. up there with him as usual.

Ne-Yo performed his own tribute to Mike with "The Lady In My Life." Keri Hilson's performance was ok:

The end had me in a *blank stare* though. Jamie Foxx is killin' it with the MJ tributes/impressions:

That's true talent when you can make people comfortable laugh right after something so tragic. Loves it. SPOTTED: Joe Jackson in the audience. Looking very touched by everything going on...
Photog: Shearer

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love: i did mailed a letter

love: i did mailed a letter to BET. We as black know we can give MJ a better honorring. I want to help everyway i can even though i dont live in the Us but in holland. there are blk people in holland????
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We all really miss MJ. No one

We all really miss MJ. No one can ever replace him. He's a legend. A pioneer. Family, friends, co-celebrity, fans we really want to do something for our beloved MJ and we are still in pain. I know and I feel Janet's pain. Let's all pray for MJ and the family he left.
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BET Tribute to MICHAEL was

BET Tribute to MICHAEL was very disapppointing! Black entertainers better come together and plan a TRIBUT show to the KING cause what went on in that award wasn't even upto icing on the cake what the LEGENDARY KING MICHAEL deserves! BEYONCE and JAYZ you have the power to plan a major tribute.
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ICECAUGHTTHEBEYITIS Rest

ICECAUGHTTHEBEYITIS Rest Peacefully Mike! SHUT BET DOWN!: COSIGN!!!! 100% Percent…This comment needs to be made public especially to BET! I’m serious about this petition!! Who else is? i did mailed a letter to BET. We as black know we can give MJ a better honorring. I want to help everyway i can even though i dont live in the Us but in holland.
love's picture

See the problem is that

See the problem is that todays artists ain't worth sshit! They only had 3 days my asss! You call yourself an entertainer and you need more than 5 minutes to learn how to perform a cover song!? Worse yet, a cover of your "supposed" mentor/idol!? My asss! This artists ain't worth a damn and BET just publicized that today. They ain't worth sshit! I bet they don't even know the lines to their own songs and need days to practice that! All them idiots are a waste of space and an embarassment to our music culture. Good for nothing rich idiots! Ne-yo, you made me a fan. Keep the music alive. Bey, ain't riding for you no more! Money over music ha!? Nasty put some clothes on. Jay, the stage is not your friend no more, go do some paperwork at an office somewhere. Let them kids and Autotune breathe. Jamie, I know you tried to cheer us up...still. Music died with Michael but he might just breathe a lil of that to them kids like Ne-Yo and them. BET made me ashamed today of being black! Too ghetto.
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and last but not least....i

and last but not least....i have 2 major reasons for frequenting this site. it's owned and run by a soror, and because of that she usually keeps it 100 percent real. i come back day after day, to see if you will give your impressions of the evening, and unless i've missed sumthin...all i see is talk about backstage bullshit or some whack fashions. soror, we don't know each other personally, but you need to let loose on BET for this ish they pulled. the viewers have spoken and its been an overwhelming sigh of disbelief and disappointment.....now we're waiting on you....keep it real on the sheild...oo-oop!
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I was reading all the

I was reading all the comments and felt I had to say something about he tribute that was suppose to be for the late Micheal Joseph Jackson A legend that I'm glad to have seen and experienced the beauty of his music and the magic he brought to the stage he commanded your attention. I felt BET didn't honor him like a true legend should have been instead they allowed others to debate just because they have a little pull in the music industry shouldn't have been the case. Chris I believe was to tour with Michael and him being a true lover of his music should have been allowed to give his respect without been threaten by anyone That's not right by means.The preforms who where to do the tribute should have been hand picked for each particular song that was to be sung according to there voices, Jammie he lighted the tension a bit make me laugh so hard he did his part but the other mess was uncalled for Soulja boy and the performance by Drake and little Wayne it's kind creepy I was shocked that they brought up the little girls and singing the song I was ashamed in my own living room as I I condoned this type of thing all I can say is wow. I want to say to the Jackson family I sorry for your lost of your son brother uncle and to the children your father the world seems to forget he was just a part of your family not the Icon as Janet said hey so many of us as well as myself my heat grieves for you all and in time the pain will subside but the lost of someone you love and held dear to your heart will forever lingerer and as for Joe Jackson you will have to deal with the maker because I will not waste any words on you.
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They knew what they were

They knew what they were doin' when the blocked Chris Brown! 1. No one is gonna outshine Beyonce' 2. Chris Brown's welcome back and don't do that again! 3. Blowuptuation for Breezey! 4. Rianna still can't sing and people would not be payin her no more mind! No, Jay wouldn't have that 'cause I do believe the first explanation. Be talked about more than his wife and artist!!!!!!!!!!! That's ok, I'm sure MTV will forgive him and blow him back up! By the way New Edition ,Ne-yo, Tyrese, BBD and Johny Gill did a fabulous job! Cried when I saw Janet and Jay and Bey sucks eggs!
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Black & Proud: BET has

Black & Proud: BET has really managed to outdo itself again!! BET pimped Michael’s name out for RATINGS, touting that they would pay tribute to him! Jamie Foxx was an ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT and a DISGRACE! Why is it that he can exercise so much restraint and professionalism when he’s getting a check from White America (i.e., he didn’t dare use such vulgarity when he hosted the ESPN ESPY awards!) There is truly a new breed of NEGROS among us! They are uneducated, self-destructed and will do anything for MONEY and to promote their individual interest/agendas. SD was right, this was the time and place to tell the world who Michael was, what he meant to us, and how his legacy would live forever. Unfortunately, BET chose to squander this opportunity. MJ tribute was reduced down to cheap billboard advertising, distasteful plugs, and half-hearted, unctuous 4 liners such as, “We love you MJ.” I truly believe BET never intended on honoring Michael. I dare not pose the question, “What did we learn about Michael Jackson’s legacy from watching this minstrel show?” Absolutely nothing, other than black people can’t do a darn thing right! What could we have learned from this show about Michael’s legacy? Perhaps the following:1. Broke racial barriers in the music industry by becoming the first AA to have a video played on MTV2. World’s Most Successful Solo Recording Artist — record sales exceeding 750 million units & counting3. Worldwide humanitarian efforts exceed $50 million4. Fought against racism and prejudices against black artists.5. Donated ALL EARNINGS, $1.5 million, from the Pepsi Commerical to a Children’s Burn Center.6. Named the “World Music Award’s Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium”7. Received the “American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.”8. Holds the Guinness World Record1. “Most Successful Entertainer of All Times”2. “Youngest Vocalist to top the US charts”3. “Highest paid entertainer of all times”9. One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.10. Donated part of “Victory Tour” earnings to United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, & T.J. Martell-FoundationThe list goes on and on! However, BET obviously didn’t deem these accomplishments note worthy.I can’t believe some of the musical selections that were performed. For the most part the lyrics were raunchy, degrading, vulgar, and offensive. Again, I dare say, “Have we as black people loss our minds?” Do we not know when to be OFFENDED or ASHAMED anymore? BET needs to be boycotted! It only perpetuates stereotypes and magnifies the WORST of the worst in the black community! It doesn’t offer anything of INTELLECTUAL value, let alone celebrate African American accomplishments….oh, I forgot, according to BET blacks don’t want to see anything that actually stimulates our minds, right??? This was a SIN and a SHAME! An utter mockery! A tribute befitting a fool! Michael was our very BEST, in spite of how people tried to ridicule and berate him. It’s a sad day when we cannot put together two decent sentences to say about a trailblazer; one of our very own who has help opened doors that would have otherwise remained closed. It saddens me to see that we could not assemble with pride and dignity and respectfully celebrate, honor, and uplift our absolute best (correction…THE WORLD’S BEST who happens to be ours). Michael Jackson has reached heights that none of today’s so-called artists will EVER reach and he did so without ever once denigrating us by referring to us as the N-word, B’s, Ho’s, M’fers, etc. or by pimping a sister out - for that we should have exalted him. The WORLD was watching and BET disgraced us miserably! Michael’s so-called tribute turned out to be nothing but an AFTER-THOUGHT if a thought at all! I believe with all of my heart that the so-called tribute was a ploy to boost ratings! Everyone at BET who was involved with this unorganized farce should receive walking papers! I totally agree with Nicholas; we should start a petition to demand that BET apologize, not only to us, but also more importantly, to the Jackson family. My heart truly aches for Michael! After being torn down so badly by the major news outlets and mocked by his own people, it is my fervent prayer that he is at peace. Shame on BET and shame on Black America if we don’t express our disdain for the actions of BET and performers such as Jamie Foxx and Lil Wayne. COSIGN!!!! 100% Percent...This comment needs to be made public especially to BET! I'm serious about this petition!! Who else is?
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Why were they gassin up

Why were they gassin up Neyo's head as well, like he's most fit to sing Michael's songs. There is no comparison between Neyo and Michael! BET needs to get shut down. How about we all start a petition to advocate for the ceasing of this network.. It is a disgrace to society and to the Black race. They used Michael Jackson's name to hype their ratings up. Come on (you know CNN) would not have been up in that piece had it not been for their gigantic mouths saying they were dedicating this show to Michael Jackson. The sorry execs and workers took advantage of this terrible time with selfish motives in mind and showed no respect for Michael Jackson and his family. I do wish I had everyone's email to really start this petition.
ICECAUGHTTHEBEYITIS Rest Peacefully Mike! SHUT BET DOWN!'s picture

I am a beyonce fan but

I am a beyonce fan but sometimes....she needs to give it up and let others shine....especially for last night!
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M: BEYONCE’S VOICE IS

M: BEYONCE’S VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL! YOU MAY NOT LIKE HER DRESS, I CERTAINLY WASN’T IN LOVE WITH THE DRESS. BUT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT SHE HAS REAL TALENT. THERE IS NO COMPETITION.I KNOW THAT TWO THINGS WERE JUST PROVEN ON LIVE NATIONAL TELEVISION. KERI HILSON CANNOT SING CIARA CANNOT SING. BEYONCE’S PERFORMANCE NEVER EVER DISAPPOINTS. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. NOW WHAT HATERS??? Who cares we all know by now that she has real talent...Yesterday should've been Michael night not Bey night!
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Ne-Yo did an excellent job in

Ne-Yo did an excellent job in his rendition of “The Lady in my Life”. He’s about the only one on the horribly boring, foolish show that did Michael Jackson any justice.
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Ne-Yo did an excellent job in

Ne-Yo did an excellent job in his rendition of "The Lady in my Life". He's about the only one on the horribly boring, foolish show that did Michael Jackson any justice.
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Umm Yea....: That show was

Umm Yea....: That show was a disgusting disgrace! BET should be ashamed. They hyped the show as a tribute. CNN was on the damn red carpet and then they served that foolishness. They should’ve had a video montage to honor Michael and then gone on with the show. For Wayne to shout out Michael Jackson after performing that trashy song was shameful. And then to bring out Janet!!! Just pure hot mess lastnight.BET should’ve allowed Chris to perform. Ne-yo was good but I was sick of seeing him and Jamie being the only ones doing anything. Toure said on his twitter lastnight that Covergirl stopped Chris from being able to perform. Here’s his tweets….Real talk: Chris Brown was going to perform but Covergirl and Rihanna nixed that.about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck@BarkBiteBlog Covergirl is a BET sponsor. Rihanna is a Covergirl spokesmodel. Thus, they have some say.about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck@CHATSTV: I can see why Rihanna wouldn’t want to let CB use the distraction of an MJ tribute to launch his comeback…about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck@CHATSTV: CoverGirl must protect their girl and their brand and cannot advertise on a show that bolsters CB’s career.about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck@DitiSays I cannot be mad at Covergirl for blocking CB. No way they can pay to be on a show he’s part of. Rihanna’s their girl.about 10 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to DitiSays If this is true then what a bitch rihanna is, this isnt about CB its about MJ! What chris did was wrong but he's paying for it 5years probation,he's just a kid made mistake but you can't take away he's talent from him! Hoeanna knew that CB is the only one that can give a performance similar to MJ as chris can and everyone would be thanking him and his talent. I mean didn't she want a good MJ tribute?? Oh I forgot just because she can't sing or dance she going to stop somebody else getting their shine,the only way hoeanna can tribute to MJ is by wearing his clothes and copying his hairstyle, Iam no chris brown fan but I am a MJ fan and MJ himself said if anyone did a tribute he would want it to be chris brown, I just wanted MJ to have a got tribute but hoeanna didn't want that get over yourself no talent slut
eva's picture

Yeah, I must agree. The

Yeah, I must agree. The awards sucked to me. I know as a people we could had did better for Mike and in what was does Tevin Campbell realate to Michael Voice and how come grownass New Edition sang a song originally from a youthful group like Jackson 5? Bluh, this thing was the worst one of them all.
sk's picture

Also- The tributes on

Also- The tributes on mainstream channels have been way classier. Jamie Fox was terrible. Joe Jackson plugged his record company WTF???? Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake should have been there- they have the moves like NOBODY else.
white chocolate's picture

this show was wack. Jay Z

this show was wack. Jay Z was the best part- period- as always Joe Jackson IS the devil
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Nicole: Why in the fuck did

Nicole: Why in the fuck did Lebron bring his boys up after winning an athlete award? He really pissed me off and people were booing his ass. I was so hoping for Chris to pop out and tear that shit down. So sad they didn’t include him. Nothing more than a ploy by BET to further exploit Michael after death by using his name. I said it before and I’ll say it again everyone that has ever been in his life has just used him. Including his family. The question is why is his girlfriend/babymoma sitting rows behind them? Those guys are his business partners. Remember he fired his agent and now they represent him. The crowd booed him because it was Kobeland. He is not in Cleveland he was in Hollywood.
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fool fool! why u was in a

fool fool! why u was in a blank stare at the end of keri's performance? she was CLEARLY emulating the end of the Bad video when Michael sang a capella to Wesley in the train station.
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Just when BET had a chance to

Just when BET had a chance to revamp their image..they go and prove everyone right.. the station is still a mess! Many parts of the show were just embarassing! They should have just created an entirely separate MJ tribute show My thoughts go out to the Jackson family, it's really about them right now...hopefully they weren't hurt by how their son/brother was honored last night. It was extremely brave and strong of Janet to go out on stage so soon after her nrothers death. RIP Michael
CP30's picture

Why in the fuck did Lebron

Why in the fuck did Lebron bring his boys up after winning an athlete award? He really pissed me off and people were booing his ass. I was so hoping for Chris to pop out and tear that shit down. So sad they didn't include him. Nothing more than a ploy by BET to further exploit Michael after death by using his name. I said it before and I'll say it again everyone that has ever been in his life has just used him. Including his family.
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mzdstspr99: furthermore,

mzdstspr99: furthermore, this was a night for BET to shine. people around the world, who’d never heard of BET tuned in tonite to see how MJ’s own people would honor him, and this is what they saw…..this was truly embarassing! your right i live in france and thought the tribute was going to be better. i´m really dissapointed in BET. in France they did some special show for michael too in 3 days also. it was 40 minutes, with a special video they made of him and some black and white french artist did some tribute for him. there was a gospel choir singing one of his songs, it was so beautiful, simpel and touching. i think that america should do much better for him. we should appreciate every talent and legend we have, every black person that put us on the map. that made a difference, even the ones that are not famous. i like the fact that they let these black doctors on the stage to honour them. that was nice, we want our kids to see how good we are and that we welcome talent and beautiful achievements. we want our kids to see that we applaud them for that. we should let the world see how proud we are of our black people.
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lea: DAMN, i tried to

lea: DAMN, i tried to overlook all the horribility of it all! I think Keri’s performance was nice! She has the right to be arrogant, penning all those hits for others and to finally have her own album out. Ojays tribute was nice, WTH Don Cornelius LOL @ Eddie Levert getting past the delay with the slipup! Ciara surprised with her vocals! KERI HILSON WAS AWFULL, SHE SHOULD STICK TO WRITING MUSIC FOR OTHERS. THE GIRL CAN HOLD IT DOWN.
kay's picture

I feel sorry for myself

I feel sorry for myself because I will never be able to get those 3 ½ hours wasted watching this show. BET had the advantage of doing something great for Michael because there were no other awards shows airing for a couple of months. Yes, you had three days but there were too many things going on for professional artist, not knowing what to sing or do. Aren’t there stylist, agents, publicist who works for these “professionals” to help them prepare for this, isn’t that what they are paid for. Yeah Beyonce can sing but that song was not right. T-Pain for that chain, LiL Wayne talking about eating and slapping while 12 year olds dancing around in Tutu’s, you have sound problems every year BET, step up your game, Drinking and cursing on stage, horrible singing by Ciara (Yes that was horrible)! Ladies dressed as they just got off their shift from the strip club, and heading to the awards show! Joe Jackson partying like he just got on the money train again. Jaime giving his shameless plug, every chance that he can get. Not naming nominees and then naming them, Vingh Rames looking like he just got a spliff from Snoop Dogg with that “guns and butter.” Skit. It was just horrible, SMH, SMH!!!
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Lykewise: WTF? Mary-Mary

Lykewise: WTF? Mary-Mary rapping about the God in me? I know and kinda bragging about what they have. That doesnt seem very God Like, I have God in me but I am not rich on earth. That was awful!!
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& I cant believe they pulled

& I cant believe they pulled chris brown out of the show at the last minute..
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I really enjoyed the maxwell

I really enjoyed the maxwell performance & a few others one ... But while watching certains parts I thought it was complete fuckery.. And I know the wanted to do this tribute to MJ. But 2 days wasnt really enough time I felt like thaey should have done that at a later day so it could of been PERFECT...
ashlie's picture

Agree with most of the

Agree with most of the comments. The Maxwell performance was phenomenal as was the Ojays and the Ojays tribute. Let's not let the good performances get too overshadowed by the foolshiness of some of that other garbage.
south17's picture

Black & Proud: BET has really

Black & Proud: BET has really managed to outdo itself again!! BET pimped Michael’s name out for RATINGS, touting that they would pay tribute to him! Jamie Foxx was an ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT and a DISGRACE! Why is it that he can exercise so much restraint and professionalism when he’s getting a check from White America (i.e., he didn’t dare use such vulgarity when he hosted the ESPN ESPY awards!) There is truly a new breed of NEGROS among us! They are uneducated, self-destructed and will do anything for MONEY and to promote their individual interest/agendas. SD was right, this was the time and place to tell the world who Michael was, what he meant to us, and how his legacy would live forever. Unfortunately, BET chose to squander this opportunity. MJ tribute was reduced down to cheap billboard advertising, distasteful plugs, and half-hearted, unctuous 4 liners such as, “We love you MJ.” I truly believe BET never intended on honoring Michael. I dare not pose the question, “What did we learn about Michael Jackson’s legacy from watching this minstrel show?” Absolutely nothing, other than black people can’t do a darn thing right! What could we have learned from this show about Michael’s legacy? Perhaps the following:1. Broke racial barriers in the music industry by becoming the first AA to have a video played on MTV2. World’s Most Successful Solo Recording Artist — record sales exceeding 750 million units & counting3. Worldwide humanitarian efforts exceed $50 million4. Fought against racism and prejudices against black artists.5. Donated ALL EARNINGS, $1.5 million, from the Pepsi Commerical to a Children’s Burn Center.6. Named the “World Music Award’s Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium”7. Received the “American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.”8. Holds the Guinness World Record1. “Most Successful Entertainer of All Times”2. “Youngest Vocalist to top the US charts”3. “Highest paid entertainer of all times”9. One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.10. Donated part of “Victory Tour” earnings to United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, & T.J. Martell-FoundationThe list goes on and on! However, BET obviously didn’t deem these accomplishments note worthy.I can’t believe some of the musical selections that were performed. For the most part the lyrics were raunchy, degrading, vulgar, and offensive. Again, I dare say, “Have we as black people loss our minds?” Do we not know when to be OFFENDED or ASHAMED anymore? BET needs to be boycotted! It only perpetuates stereotypes and magnifies the WORST of the worst in the black community! It doesn’t offer anything of INTELLECTUAL value, let alone celebrate African American accomplishments….oh, I forgot, according to BET blacks don’t want to see anything that actually stimulates our minds, right??? This was a SIN and a SHAME! An utter mockery! A tribute befitting a fool! Michael was our very BEST, in spite of how people tried to ridicule and berate him. It’s a sad day when we cannot put together two decent sentences to say about a trailblazer; one of our very own who has help opened doors that would have otherwise remained closed. It saddens me to see that we could not assemble with pride and dignity and respectfully celebrate, honor, and uplift our absolute best (correction…THE WORLD’S BEST who happens to be ours). Michael Jackson has reached heights that none of today’s so-called artists will EVER reach and he did so without ever once denigrating us by referring to us as the N-word, B’s, Ho’s, M’fers, etc. or by pimping a sister out - for that we should have exalted him. The WORLD was watching and BET disgraced us miserably! Michael’s so-called tribute turned out to be nothing but an AFTER-THOUGHT if a thought at all! I believe with all of my heart that the so-called tribute was a ploy to boost ratings! Everyone at BET who was involved with this unorganized farce should receive walking papers! I totally agree with Nicholas; we should start a petition to demand that BET apologize, not only to us, but also more importantly, to the Jackson family. My heart truly aches for Michael! After being torn down so badly by the major news outlets and mocked by his own people, it is my fervent prayer that he is at peace. Shame on BET and shame on Black America if we don’t express our disdain for the actions of BET and performers such as Jamie Foxx and Lil Wayne. You are so right and I couldn’t have said it better myself!! It also kills me how people all of a sudden want to hop on the Michael Jackson bandwagon when just a couple of weeks ago there was a post on here about him and his children and almost all the comments were hateful. The good thing is that Michael is now free from all of this negativity all he wanted to be was happy and the media couldn’t even let him do that not to mention some of his own people turned their backs on him when he needed a friend the most. R.I.P Michael. WOW...WOW!!! THANK YOU FOR THAT IS SO TRUE OUR PEOPLE ARE MAKING ME SO ASHAME.......I AM SHOCK AT THE MESS BET MADE. THERE WAS SO MUCH GETTO UP IN THERE FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT MOMENT LIKE THIS.....THE TRIBUTE WAS AN INSULT TO HIM............
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EVERYONE ON HERE KNOWS THIS

EVERYONE ON HERE KNOWS THIS SHOW WAS A HOT MESS I MEAN HOW CAN YOU GIVE A SHOW HONORING A MAN SIGNATURE MOVES,VOCALS AND STYLE AND NOT HAVE CHRIS BROWN PERFORM?? IT CAME FROM MIKES OWN MOUTH WHEN HE WAS ALIVE THAT IF ANYONE WAS TO DO SOMETHNG FOR ME IT WOULD HAVE TO BE CHRIS DUH!! BET YALL LAME I MEAN CHRIS CAN DANCE HIS ASS OFF BUT SINGING WISE NOT AS GREAT BUT I CAN'T SEE NEYO, USHER, OR JT GIVING IT JUSTICE LIKE CHRIS SO GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND FUCK COVER GIRL NOT THAT LONG AGO THEY DIDN'T WANT TO PROMOTE RIRI NOW SHE THEY GIRL AND CHRIS COULDN'T PERFORM DAMN THAT SHIT
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sherry: I do not think

sherry: I do not think Lebron and savannah brought the children.He just had her sit behind him probably due to seating. not to cause trouble, but did it seem Lebron had his eyes more so on Beyonce when accepting his award than on receiving it from Ciara or even on his wife, or is it me. Yeah he had on shades, but i don't know about that one and all these guy's obsession with Ms. Bey. Oh, and to she who said she would kill for Bey's body, toned from all that dancing on tour is great, but there is some illusion and surgery in works as well. Guess that is still something to kill for ehh?
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PINKGIRLY: I’M OFFICIALLY

PINKGIRLY: I’M OFFICIALLY PISSED AT BEYONCE!!! I was a true fan of hers and have defended her up until this time. For 1. She needs to stop wearing that stupid a$$ bathing suit. Why did she sing that song? and why does she keep putting on a half @$$ wedding gown. Beyonce made me sick to my stomach tonight and if she does not get herself together in about 30days, I will officially be a Keri Hilson fan. POINT BLANK!!! Hee hee
DeE's picture

HOLLYWOOD BS: Michael J.

HOLLYWOOD BS: Michael J. spent his entire life running away from the black community, yet BET and all the black celebs redesign the entire show and morph it into a Michael Jackson tribute? wow! All they needed was one tribute segment to MJ and the rest of the show should have gone on as planned. Are black people really so desperate for positive heroes in their community? the true heroes of the black community who spend their lives everyday defending the black cause will never get recognition. It’s truly a shame. What a hot mess of a show. i agree with alot of this.
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I WISH AL B. SURE WOULD OF

I WISH AL B. SURE WOULD OF PERFORMED AND SHAI WITH KEITH SWEAT AND THEM. BEYONCE NEEDED TO TOUCH UP HER EDGES AND SPRAY THAT HAIR WITH SOME OIL SHEEN OR SOMETHING,KERI LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS GOING INTO A SIEZURE,JOHNNY GILL LOOKED PISSED OFF WHILE HE WAS PERFORMING CUZ EDDIE MURPHY WAS'NT THERE TO HOLD HIS HANDS.I'M SORRY BUT MTV AWARDS WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON AND THEY WOULD OF LET CHRIS BROWN PERFORM.CHRIS BROWN SHOULD DO HIS OWN TRIBUTE AND POST IT UP ON YOU TUBE.I LOVED JAYS PERFORMANCE I LOVE THAT SONG D.O.A BECAUSE ALOT OF THESE RAPPERS ARE SINGIN MORE THEN RAPPIN SINCE T-PAIN CAME BACK OUT WITH THAT AUTO TOON SHIT.CIARA SOUNDED LIKE A LITTLE KID SINGIN MJ SONG.
HA HA's picture

Okay I'm tired of people

Okay I'm tired of people being so damn hard on BET. Okay yes, Soulja Boy's performance was terrible, the song like most except for maybe Kiss Me Through The Phone, just repeat the same thing over and over. Young Money's performance should have been one of the ones performed outside it wasn't all THAT special, nice for Drake he's a new artist, kinda. However people keep DOGGING the idea about Michael Jackson not being regonized nicely. And as like a few, very few, people have said. They only had 3 days, 3 days to change performace's to change scripts and everything. When the usually do the show they do usually honor a group or singer. This show was probably for the O'Jays if you didn't notice, this is my opinion the performances like Tyrese, Trey Songz & JG's or Tevin Campbell they were a whole lot better than the MJ tributes as far as performing goes. However I think Ne-Yo did the best out of the MJ tributes, if not for the whole show when he did Lady In My Life. Then again as mentioned before Keke Palmer did a great/AMAZING job with Who's Lovin' You. Maybe it wasn't BET's best but they didn't have alot of planning no matter how many people you had it's hard to figure out the best way to honor someone anyway. It, to me, was a great show. By the way someone said it was awful like a high school show, that's rude there are high schools that can do AMAZING performances, I take that kinda personal being a sophmore in high school.
Dee J's picture

those who sang a MJ song in

those who sang a MJ song in his rememberance i applaud, even the ones who can't sing. BET had good intentions though.
cocoa49's picture

I do not think Lebron and

I do not think Lebron and savannah brought the children. He just had her sit behind him probably due to seating.
sherry's picture

peaches: CHRIS BROWN CAN

peaches: CHRIS BROWN CAN DANCE LIKE MJ BUT HE DAMM SURE CANNOT SING LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON….. NEYO IS THE ONLY ARTIST THAT CAN SING LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON….. HIS PERFORMANCE WAS AMAZING!!! I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
HA HA's picture

That show was a disgusting

That show was a disgusting disgrace! BET should be ashamed. They hyped the show as a tribute. CNN was on the damn red carpet and then they served that foolishness. They should’ve had a video montage to honor Michael and then gone on with the show. For Wayne to shout out Michael Jackson after performing that trashy song was shameful. And then to bring out Janet!!! Just pure hot mess lastnight. BET should’ve allowed Chris to perform. Ne-yo was good but I was sick of seeing him and Jamie being the only ones doing anything. Toure said on his twitter lastnight that Covergirl stopped Chris from being able to perform. Here’s his tweets…. Real talk: Chris Brown was going to perform but Covergirl and Rihanna nixed that.about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck @BarkBiteBlog Covergirl is a BET sponsor. Rihanna is a Covergirl spokesmodel. Thus, they have some say.about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck @CHATSTV: I can see why Rihanna wouldn't want to let CB use the distraction of an MJ tribute to launch his comeback...about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck @CHATSTV: CoverGirl must protect their girl and their brand and cannot advertise on a show that bolsters CB's career.about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck @DitiSays I cannot be mad at Covergirl for blocking CB. No way they can pay to be on a show he's part of. Rihanna's their girl.about 10 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to DitiSays
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MUAH: Who gonna clean all

MUAH: Who gonna clean all them damn feathers up LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HA HA's picture

Lyniese: You are so right

Lyniese: You are so right and I couldn’t have said it better myself!! It also kills me how people all of a sudden want to hop on the Michael Jackson bandwagon when just a couple of weeks ago there was a post on here about him and his children and almost all the comments were hateful. The good thing is that Michael is now free from all of this negativity all he wanted to be was happy and the media couldn’t even let him do that not to mention some of his own people turned their backs on him when he needed a friend the most. R.I.P Michael. That was beautifully worded and so true...must we return to the boycott! Oh Lord, we have again been set back decades!
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That was the most ghetto

That was the most ghetto irresponsible hott mess that I have ever seen. Black talent left the earth with Michael. If we could stop being so egotistical and recognize the problem these "artists" are creating in the WORLD around us, we might still have a chance. Black People...we are in debt and we have forgotten our history. That is the only way we would be able to sit up and say this was a good thing in any way! Lord have mercy on us all! EWWWW
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Erica (original):

Erica (original): HORRIBLE! INAPPROPIRATE! GHETTO! …but that’s BET for you. The hosting, the performances (with a few exceptions)…a tradegy. Keri Hilson’s hair and dress = horrible. She has no room to be cocky. Totally overrated. Jamie Foxx hosting inappropriate. Ciara=better than usual but,,,keep practicing. The OJays tribute was nice. DAMN, i tried to overlook all the horribility of it all! I think Keri's performance was nice! She has the right to be arrogant, penning all those hits for others and to finally have her own album out. Ojays tribute was nice, WTH Don Cornelius LOL @ Eddie Levert getting past the delay with the slipup! Ciara surprised with her vocals!
lea's picture

OK I would really LOVE to

OK I would really LOVE to read all 558 comments it would be a treat! the Opening, Ojays tribute, Neyo, Jamie, KeyCo and Monica were my highlights! that was one of the best KeyCo performances ive seen vocally, Monica may have stole the spotlight tho! I couldnt hold it together when Janet came out, that made my heart ache! Jamie is just a FOOL! Ciara sounded kinda nice on that song, wouldve loved to see her DANCE! Ojays Tribute, DAMN Tyrese makes my water boil, forgot all about Trey Songz being up there! I need to hear and see more of Johnny perform. DAMN Bobby is huge, New Edition did the damn thing, BBD and Kieth Sweat were good. LOVE Hova and the video. Young Money and Soulja Boy shouldve been bumped for more tribute time. where the hell was CB and Ursh? OMG Maxwell still has it and I LOVE it, they shouldve saved his performance for closing the show!
lea's picture

What a huge DISAPPOINTMENT!

What a huge DISAPPOINTMENT! That is the only word that I think of when I reflect on this show. Why on earth would you publicize this fiasco as a Michael Jackson tribute or even say that you were dedicating this show to his memory? So what they only had a few days to put the event together...who cares? BET is a large business with what I assume to be professionals on the staff. They should know that either you do it right or you don't do it at all. This was the networks opportunity to put on a more serious, classy event...but instead they went down the same path of "coonery" as my sister would put it, with too much "noise" and not enough substance. The best part of the show for me was watching the O'Jays tribute, and the "Year of the Gentlemen" performances with Guy, Keith Sweat, and BBD. Ne-Yo's performances were also nice. Lil' Wayne and his foolishness killed it for me. Why on earth would you have him perform this song when the show is supposed to be dedicated to a musical icon? EMBARRASSING! Especially with the young girls on the stage. BET needs to be more responsible. I'm tired of watching them put out crap on television as a representation of us. It makes me sick.
Anika's picture

patterns: Lil

patterns: Lil Wayne=ghetto,ignorant messincluding his little girl who will probably grow up and be a hoodrat.Bet=horrible for letting those ignorant coons get on national television and use such profanity(lil wayne and who ghetto click)Keri=overatedDid anyone see Ne-yo’s woman thinking she was all that and looking very hood with a blonde streak in a ponytail, so not classy.Ne-yo’s woman must have told him to stop hiding his alien nation head.Tiny-needs a communication and speech class. TI couldn’t do any better than that hoodrat.Such a disgrace…………..we need to do better as a people foreal. rite, Tiny is trash...
Marie's picture

Get BET OFF THE AIR NOT ONE

Get BET OFF THE AIR NOT ONE SHOW ON BET REPRESENTS THE BLACK COMMUNITY WELL.PLEASE BAN BET.
what?'s picture

BET disgusts me first they

BET disgusts me first they removed Letoya Luckett to have Beyonce performed but this was the ultimate when they removed Chris Brown that wanted to do a tribute to one of the greatest artist of all time to make Jay z feel better. Bet has no backbone, no morals or no class and they should be pulled from the air.
what?'s picture

I am so ashamed and

I am so ashamed and embarrassed by Lil Wayne...how do you have young little girls on stage while your singing I want to FU@* all the girls in the world???!!
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