Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West and Jay-Z hogged the limelight during BET Awards 2012. Whitney Houston’s mother gave very emotional tribute to her daughter
2012 BET awards was an enventful occasion with the highest moment bring the tribute of Cissy Houston to her late daughter Whitney Houston and the more murky nes being the innumerable bleeps and vulgarities that skipped the watchful eyes of the censors.
Cissy Houston made it a memorable and emotional moment of remembrance. Her performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was rousing and left many in the crowds misty eyed. Beyoncé, the winner of the Best Female R&B Artist, was in tears and so was Melanie Fiona.
Tributes to the late singer were in no short supply. It was all about sweet melodious memories. The lane of memories was opened by the tribute sung by Mariah Carey. She was followed by a moving rendition by Monica. Houston had been a heavy influence on Brandy and it was clear in her rendition of two of the late singer’s hits. Performances by Chaka Khan (I’m Every Woman) and Gary Houston, Whitney’s brother, followed.
West and Jay-Z (above) scooped the top prize of video of the year for “Otis”, besides winning the best group award. West turned out to be the top nominee with seven awards. Beyonce took up the second position with six nominated acts. She shared video director of the year award with Alan Ferguson and won the best female R&B artist.
In her thank you note, she said, “I fell in love with music by listening to R&B. It’s the core of who I am.” She gave special thanks to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and “Whitney Houston, my angel.”
Chris Brown bagged two prizes. Kevin Hart won for best actor, Big Sean was named best new artist and Wale and Miguel’s smooth hit “Lotus Flower Bomb” won best collaboration.
The presenters this year were Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx.
Frankie Beverly featuring Maze were honored with the lifetime achievement award.
However, the environment was rather fouled by the performances by Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross that was so full of objectionable language that censors bleeped out the whole chunk of it!
The bleep sequence started with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music group, which included Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. The performance of the rappers was marred by long bleeps. Despite the censor acting overtime, they could nto bleep out all the obsceneties being hurled from te stage.
There were even bleep moments during acceptance speeches. When Minaj got onstage for her acceptance speech for winning the the third consecutive time, she said, “I really, really appreciate BET for keeping this category alive, and I appreciate all the female rappers doing their thing, past, present and future,” and then she had to be bleeped.
All this was also noted and remarked by gospel star Yolanda Adams. After her performance, she came up wit a gentle chastisement for her peers.
In a plea to act mature and use their fame wisely, she addressed her peers, “We need all of y’all. I’m saying the world needs everyone in this room. Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly, ’cause we’re watching. Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us.”