TGJ Roundtable: 2015 BET Awards Review [#BETAwards]

Published: Monday 29th Jun 2015 by Sam
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Welcome to the latest TGJ Roundtable!

Over the years, That Grape Juice has established a distinguished voice that – whether loved or loathed – sparks discussion, debate, and on occasion drama!

Though comprised of seasoned writers who share a similar outlook on Urban Pop culture, the idiosyncrasies of the TGJ team members often lend for quite heated debates “behind the scenes” about the hottest topics.

Now, we give you a front row seat to the show. In a format similar to ‘The View’ or ‘The Real’, TGJ editors – Sam, David, Rashad, and Joe – get real in a very candid way.

Today’s roundtable topic is the…

 2015 BET Awards Review

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Sam

As award shows go, BET continues to pull ahead of the pack with its ability to deliver a full bodied spectacle that serves up what every of such show should strive for – moments

And last night wasn’t short on those. 

For yours truly, the most titillating was the re-appearance of Janet Jackson as well as the re-affirmation of Ciara as this generation’s most gifted female dancer. 

Make no mistake about it, I was part of the many who let out a collective sigh when it became clear Janet herself wasn’t performing. Beyond the fact she just released a new single and announced a tour, the marketing for the show was built around her big comeback and there seemed to be heavy suggestion that she’d be taking to the stage. In hindsight, that now feels like it was a smart ratings ploy – one that is likely to have worked. I “get” it from a business standpoint, but as a fan, I wanted to see Janet in action. Simple as. 

Still, she looked so sensational that the fact she essentially told us “y’all will have to see me on tour” is alright with me (pun intended). 

As for the tribute, Tinashe, Jason, and Ci nailed it. Yes, in reflection, it could and should have been longer if Ms. Jackson wasn’t performing, but the allocation still provided each of them time enough to adequately shine and justify their spot on the stage. 

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For me, personally, Ciara was most magnetising. She ate that ‘If’ and ‘Rhythm Nation’ choreography and – if folk watch closely – managed to weave in elements of her own trademarks too. Having seen all your comments about how much she needed to smash the performance, it was epic to see her deliver and then some. 

Other notable moments for me, include the K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton reconciliation. Because as entertaining as their beef was, it’s great to see the ladies put differences to the side and celebrate each other. The cynic in me does wonder how much of it was legit vs a legitimate means to promote their respective new singles. But hey, it was what it was and what it was was a great BET moment ordained by Pastor Patti.

The Bad Boy reunion was another highlight. Who’d have thought that after all those “Diddy contracts” he’d be able to rally up so many notable names? Lil Kim was all sorts of epic too. When will she stop playing on this indie/mixtape terrain and actually make a “real” comeback. The teasing is too much. 

All in all, BET blazed with another commendable show.   

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David

Last night’s show was awesome. However, I’m sure many will agree with me when I say there were a number of “moments” that failed to live up to their hype.

The first? The Janet tribute. Yes, hate to say it but it wasn’t what it could have been. Tinashe is undeniably one of the Urban world’s more promising acts, but failed to deliver the precision Janet choreography needs to avoid looking amateurish.

Then there was Jason Derulo. Much like Tinashe, he struggled to cough up the “wow” factor the tribute was in need of and offered a performance that was unfortunately forgettable despite being on-point technically.

And Ciara? 50/50. Why? Her performance of ‘If’ was awesome but felt incomplete with vocals that would have added another layer of personality to the tribute.

So, who stole the show? This a tough one however I’d have to say Lil Kim’s return to the BET stage stood as its highlight. It would have been the Tamar, K. Michelle & Patti Labelle if the latter (in all her royalty) hadn’t ruined the moments with selfish wailing and screaming that took away from what should have been Tamar and Michelle’s moment.

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So, why Lil Kim? After seeing her career take many a hit it was great to see her prove that she’s anything but finished when it comes to live performances and remind many naysayers that it’s the one area she surpasses Nicki Minaj in. Stage presence.

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Rashad

The absolutely best BET Awards to date.  Jam-packed with more memorable moments than any of its predecessors, the 2015 edition of Urban music’s biggest night definitely ticked a number of boxes for me. Undoubted highlights came in the form of the Smokey Robinson tribute (that Tori Kelly absolutely slayed), the Janelle Monae & Jidenna performance, and surprisingly well placed tag team of Alicia Keys & The Weeknd.

The surprise faces like The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, and Jason Derulo is certainly a departure for BET given their affinity for Black artists that aren’t so subtly “Urban” in their approach.

The moments of the night that will probably be the most talked about in years to come – the Bad Boy Reunion and Janet Jackson’s Tribute – ironically left the most to be desired for me. Don’t get me wrong, both were every flavor of epic, but both just seemed to be missing something I can’t quite put my finger on.  The Bad Boy reunion, in all of its splendor, was just too damn long.  The hype of any surprise performance will die down if it goes on and on (even though I’m still abuzz at how AMAZING the Queen Bee was).

Jackson’s tribute, the most anticipated moment of the night, saw me wanting a little more from everyone. Tinashe was just too excited, Derulo seemed to lack excitement, and Ciara reminded everyone why she truly is Janet’s “daughter.”  It just lacked the punch that Usher/Mya/Pink’s rendition did despite having better picks dancers collectively.

While some were disappointed Jan didn’t perform, I’m glad she didn’t as I truly believe performing her new slow groove would’ve killed the vibe.

Overall, good show, but would’ve been better if it was not so long.

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Joe

You can always count on the BET Awards. Though it was a very eventful night, my highlights came courtesy of the current generation of entertainers, a reunion of bad boys and girls and a burgeoning diva.

The Bad Boy reunion was such an exciting moment, it was truly special seeing all those artists get together again on stage after so long and amidst all the drama that had surrounded some of them at some point. Goes out to show that at the end of the day, all that matters is the impact of your legacy. Great showing.

Janelle Monae continues to show growth in her artistry and I for one really enjoy it. Through the years, she has proved herself as a quality act, it’s good to see her switch it up to a less serious side without losing her authenticity.

The tribute to Janet was a bit frustrating to me: I really thought Jan would use a platform like the BET Awards to give her new single a bit more traction with a sizzling performance that only she can deliver.

Still, I had the immense pleasure of watching three artists perform their behinds off to some of Janet’s most iconic moments.
Tinashe was a perfect choice for ‘Pleasure Principle,’ her energy as well as look landed itself exceptionally well to the 80’s banger. Not so ironically, Mr Derulo got to dance to one of Jackson’s most ‘Pop’ sounding single, ‘All For You’ and did a fantastic job. The absolute main attraction though was Ms. Ciara Harris who you could tell was living a dream; it’s as if she had rehearsed for this day all of her life. At some point, it wasn’t clear if Janet herself had entered the stage or not since CiCi was channeling her so amazingly. She was simply phenomenal and was clearly the leader of this Rhythm Nation.

Anyhow, congrats Ms. Jackson.

All in all, it was a very colorful evening with a lot of surprises which had a lot of replay value.

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    • Kitty June 29, 2015

      chile cheese, lil kim jung lee will never match the real queens billboard record or any of the queens accomplishments for that matter.

      • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

        Biitch please, she already have.

      • The Truth Emeritus June 30, 2015

        The creator of that lane (Kim) has nothing to prove to mindless undereducated THOTS. You speak of Billboard as if you’re on the charts. Kim has made her impression. She’s Classic and a trendsetter. Nicki wishes she could be an original like Kim.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. June 29, 2015

      Let these hos know! THERE IS ONLY ONE QUEEN OF RAP! QUEEN BEE LIL’ KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Regina George June 29, 2015

    What show were y’all watching again? There were a few moments that were like “ok… This is a cool moment” but nothing about that show was groundbreaking…

    • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

      Go bathe biitch!!

  2. Slay_Hive June 29, 2015

    I agree with David. The show really didn’t live up to the hype created. I didn’t get much life last night..I was in my phone majority of the show, especially that boring ass Smokie tribute #NoShade. I’m like Rihanna ” This a bunch of BULL!!” ???????????? The Janet tribute could have been better and much longer but Tinashe and Ciara both did great jobs. Tinashe shocked me with how well she performed. Lil Kim served and that is about it. Rihanna is extremely arrogant and shady and needs her head knocked off. No Queen Bey no show. That’s all

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (Album #2 Is Coming) June 29, 2015

      🙂

    • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

      Bish…i was ready to drag u @slay but i actually agree

      • Slay_Hive June 29, 2015

        Lol don’t drag me truth gurl!! You snatched the eyelids off that asian girl????????????????

      • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 30, 2015

        LOLOLOLOL!!!!!

    • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

      How is she arrogant and shady !! did you not get the memo that it was a f****** joke yesterday…. Gurlll byeee lol but i agree with everything else you said.. lmaoo

      • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

        So Rihanna isnt arrogant and shady??? Even if it was “staged” it wouldnt be hard to believe that Rihanna would actually pull some s*** like that because she has a reputation for being rude and disrespectful as hell.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOBnyo9laU

      • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

        Were not talking about the past dear. Were talking about what happened last night .. Get your head out the past! People have their perceptions about rihanna and the video you put up don’t mean s*** she was walking through the crowd trying to get to everybody and that creep wouldn’t let go.. what do you expect her to do.! Point blank period she was just playing and thats final!

      • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

        B*******! The past is relevant to the present. Rihanna’s known for her displaying her childish bitchy antics in public

      • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

        Lol no, I went to the BET full dress rehearsal and live showing as a seat filler yesterday. Saw her there.

  3. Tonio June 29, 2015

    Lil Kim coming out was the most hyped part of the show. I wish the Janet tribute was longer, it seemed rushed. BET seem to be running out of surprises because a lot of stuff wasn’t necessary. I love Patty Labelle but she was honored before and that song was done already. Charlie Wilson was honored before and that song was done already. The Weekend’s segment was entirely too long. He did 2 songs. Idk but the wow factor is becoming less and less every year. Now I’m starting to understand why a lot of stars aren’t showing up anymore like Drake, Kanye, Rih, Jay, Bey, etc. Without them the show just isn’t that good.

    • Regina George June 29, 2015

      TRUTH

  4. Centurion June 29, 2015

    Y’all still wasting your time and ours by doing this bullsh*t? No one gives a phuck. I guarantee it. And where’s those alleged interviews that we were promised? …busy filling my notifications with nonsense. #Dust

    • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

      Girl u didnt have to stop by. Next time keep driving. ????

  5. Anne June 29, 2015

    I find it hard to believe that you all didn’t notice that Ciara was not in sync with her background dancers as she moved through the routine at the wrong/off beat pace whereas the background dancers were in unison. That never use to happen Janet as she was a perfectionist, and Ciara shouldn’t get a pass since she is basically only known for her ability to dance.

    • Gerren June 29, 2015

      I totally agree. Ciara was ahead of the music. She still looked great but… she was mad fast from start to finish!

    • Shady81 June 29, 2015

      I agree with you @Anne Ciara’s arms was all over the place during the IF Breakdown she reminded me of Shawn Wayans when he was knocking out them kids from the movie Don’t be a Menace while drinking your juice in the hood. If those dancers got any closer Ciara was gonna knock them the hell out, those arms were lengthy long and dangerous like stretch Armstrong she was just all over the place they should’ve switched dances and gave Tinashe the If dance and Ciara the Pleasure Principal dance because she f***** Tina Landon’s If Choreography up. That’s why Tina Landon said “what works for a tall person may not work for a short person and what works for a short person may not work for a tall person”.

      • Shady81 June 29, 2015

        Don’t Be a Menace in South Central While drinking your juice in the hood movie.

  6. Molly June 29, 2015

    I give the show a C- I was bored majority of the show. Ciara was clearly the highlight along with Lil kim.

  7. #TeamTinashe Stan (Album #2 Is Coming) June 29, 2015

    French Montana wasn’t needed and August Alsina’s slippers upset me and also he upset me when he didn’t CLAP for MOTHA Janet Jackson!

    Janelle Monae & Jidenna I am BUYING what their selling.
    Alicia Keys should of stayed out of this one. Smh.
    Kendrick did a captivating job!
    Bad Boys Reunion: Kim SNATCHED TF out of me, Faith was feeling herself and I was for her too, 112 was great. Everything was great except for French.
    Smokey Robinsons tribute was good and his speech was interesting.

    Janet Jackson Tribute: On my personal twitter account, a lot of people that are my friends aren’t that much of a fan of Tinashe but said that she surprised them with her performance; they LIVED! Jason blended in too much and wasn’t visible totally was upset about that. Ciara did great as well and had me feeling that was Janet herself up there but was a little bit off beat. She danced way too quick but still did well.

    Tinashe’s hat fell off just like some of the dancers but she still kept up and SLAYED!
    This show was a 10/10 for me. It was great although it was very long as usual!

  8. mike June 29, 2015

    #TeamDavid – Agreed with everything you said!

    Sam can’t write an article without obviously stanning or hating hard. I mean Ciara….the most gifted female dancer of our generation? Girl BYE!

    • Molly June 29, 2015

      Ciara is the best performer of our generation next to Beyonce.

  9. Molly June 29, 2015

    Also K.michelle body is disgusting she’s too thick

    • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

      OMG! yes it was just so nasty like the green dress with that fat ass thigh hanging out ewwwwwwww!! The balck outfit wasn’t that bad lol

      • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

        *Black

    • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

      You should see her in person. Her huge hips arent proportionate to her tiny upper body, looks like she has saddle bags. These girls need to leave the ass/hip shots alone.

      • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

        OMG!! LOL YOU MET HER !! I AM DEAD CRYING LMAOOOOO

      • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

        Lol no, I went to the BET full dress rehearsal and live showing as a seat filler yesterday. Saw her there.

  10. Anne June 29, 2015

    None of them nailed Janet in my opinion. None of the 3 can dance as well as Janet at her peak. Also, Tinashe kicked the chair instead of pushing it over with one foot while jumping over it as Janet did in the video and if I’m recalling correctly Pink managed to recreate that move. And like I said Ciara was off sync. In my opinion they just couldn’t capture Janet’s moves at a high level though they did pretty good. I agree that the MTV tribute was better which is surprising.

    • ENOUGH ONIKA June 29, 2015

      Oh please… *rolls eyes* Also gotta be that ONE hater in the bunch…

  11. Anne June 29, 2015

    Smokey singing Cruisin’ was the highlight in my opinion.

  12. Kitty June 29, 2015

    kim scared everybody at my house when she came out looking like that thing from saw

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (Album #2 Is Coming) June 29, 2015

      STOP IT!

    • The Truth Emeritus June 30, 2015

      Lies you tell

  13. #TeamTinashe Stan (Album #2 Is Coming) June 29, 2015

    K Michelle & Tamar was also EPIC!
    Next year I hope they do a Murder Inc. Reunion so I can see my fave ASHANTI!!! Hopefully they can do a Murder Inc & G-Unit performance together to reconcile the beef!!!

    Ciara needed this to redeem herself but it would of been perfect if she never released the album or any song and took a break and let this mark her comeback!

    Jason needed this as this is his first BET Awards (I think) and also needed to draw more urban audiences to his talents.

    Tinashe is the NEWBIE who has been dubbed the most promising R&B female artist in a long time. She is still in the “Show & Prove” lane where she’s gotta earn her stripes. And she did well!!!! 🙂

  14. Vidiii June 29, 2015

    From the Janet tribute I must say..
    Ciara was the best, handsdown… Tinashe was just shaking her ass and no choegraphy??

    Ciara’s performance was the longst between the other two and she has nailed it.. Most people also said that on twitter..

    And Jason was not so visible during his performance.. It was not new what he did before..

    1. Ciara
    2. Jason
    3. Tinashe

    But the best dancers will always be for me Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson. Behind them is Ciara Personally for me..

    • Vidiii June 29, 2015

      I mean, you see the Janet Vibe only in Ciara.. Not in Tinashe sorry. Tinashe is wat more bit of a streetdancer

      • Colosoul June 29, 2015

        I’m a Janet fanatic and have my tickets and everything but y’all are wrong. Tinashe slayed that. Sorry. She was spot on with the “Pleasure Principle”. I thought they all were good. Nobody is going to capture Janet’s magnetism and precision but they came close. What Ciara lacked in precision on “If”, she made up for it by channeling the edginess of Janet. She didn’t get close to Janet’s ’93 VMA performance but did a great job.

  15. Selah June 29, 2015

    Most people I know enjoyed the show including myself. Janelle and Jindenna were great. Big Sean and Fettty Wap did their thing. Nicki and Meek were cool. The Bad Boy reunion was not especially Lil Kim. Donnie McClurkins performance was really random but good. The worst performances to me were K Michelle and Tamar, Chris brown and Omarion and the Janet tribute.

    • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

      Suck my ass and stop hating on Qween Kim!!

  16. BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

    David and Rashad was speaking some real ish !! The tribute was cute yes more work could have been done.. I wish Janet had performed . Ciara really was the only one who really bodied the Janet Performance. Tinashe was weak to me. Jason Derulo wasn’t into it.. They should of just let Ciara and Chris Brown do the tribute.

  17. truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) June 29, 2015

    The show was very good. Kim snatched errbody wig. She was gorgeous honey!!!

  18. Royalkev June 29, 2015

    I’m in total agreement with Rashad! I thought overall that there were some BET moments made last night. The Janet tribute was awesome! Ciara has Janet’s flair down pat most out of out the three. Ci delivered and was full of energy. Tinashe was also good, she’s definitely a competent Janet student. Both didn’t have the precision Janet does, but those dance numbers aren’t easy to execute. I’m not going to nitpick! Unfortunately, Jason blended in too much and was forgettable. The tribute actually wasn’t as epic as MTV’s, but still special in it’s own way. As I look back at things, I’m so glad Janet didn’t perform as well. I say that, not because of the idea of her performance dying things down, I think it felt right for Janet to just pick up her award and give a speech. I know that sounds weird for me to say as a fan, but I don’t particularly like when artists win major awards and then perform before/afterwards. I’m sure the MTV awards is going to get Jan’s first live performance. Timing is key! Still Janet’s presence at the show was amazing, that felt wonderful to witness.

    ‘Lil Kim surprised me in that Bad Boy reunion segment. The entrance was everything! They all did a good job! I love 112’s Peaches and Cream! 🙂

    It was great seeing BET honor Smokey. When you hear stories about his role in aiding in Motown’s success, you only want those kind of legend recognized.

    Tamar also surprised me. She gave this one all she got, although she trembles like nobody’s business in order to get out the notes. Her and K Michelle did a great job!

    Kendrick, CB and Nicki also did great! The show was very entertaining!

    • Royalkev June 29, 2015

      * out of the three

  19. Carry On June 29, 2015

    Welcome back, honey. Welp, it’s been horrible; people think music is not what music suppose to be. They comparing soulless music like a divide and conquer. They get ego driven instead of bringing it together. Okay, I’m alright. I’m praising God too that the love of music come back. Carry on….

  20. UPGRADEBOY June 29, 2015

    ???????????????????????? for tinashe,she surprised me she was cute and her dancing was clean and easy,zero pressure ,

  21. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig June 29, 2015

    Watching that Tamar & K.Michelle performance was like watching “The Muppet Treasure Island”. SMH, Tamar looked like Ms piggy ???? and K was dressed like Kermit the frog????. I can’t wait for the memes!

  22. 4everBrandy_Ci June 29, 2015

    The Janet Jackson tribute was amazing!!!! Ciara, Jason Derulo, and Tinashe did a great job. My review on each performer.

    Jason Derulo- He did his part good. I never been a fan of his but he can put on a show and since he’s been in the industry for a while it’s good to know that people are giving him more recognition. He definitely did the work and it showed that he really engaged with the stage. Props off to him!

    Tinashe- She slayed the “Pleasure Principle” performance. People will critize her because her dancing and style is different. She can hold her own and I was very proud of her for bringing heat. She’s still on her way to becoming one of the greats if she keeps pushing herself. Also, she has a lot to offer than today’s artists. Well done!

    Ciara- Last but not least Ciara f****** murdered!!!!! This is why Ciara is great as she is because she is an entertainer in her own right. People love to take away the fact that over 12 years in the game she still is the chick that brings the heat. Despite her trials and tribulations she is the definition of talent, class, and grace. The “If” and “Rhythm Nation” performances channeled Janet through Ciara. She did an amazing job!

    All these performances were great and each artist brought something to the table. Overall, the award show was good. I liked the Bad Boy Reunion, Janelle Monae and Jidenna performances. Tamar and K. Michelle were good too. It was great to see two ladies bury the hatchet and do their thing. It was a good show to watch.

  23. Da realest June 29, 2015

    I enjoyed the show, I thought it very entertaining and lil bit better than last year’s awards. The Janet tribute was okay but nothing beats Pink, Mya, & Usher’s tribute. I kinda understood why Janet didn’t perform because I think the expectations were so high that every body and their momma would’ve been critiquing it from the singing to the dancing. I rather for Janet to perform on a smaller scale like on these late night talk shows or on revolt TV where people won’t judge as hard when promoting a new song versus her performing a new song at a big event.

  24. Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

    @BadGalRiri
    So Rihanna isnt arrogant and shady??? Even if it was “staged” it wouldnt be hard to believe that Rihanna would actually pull some s*** like that because she has a reputation for being rude and disrespectful as hell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOBnyo9laU

    • BADGALRIRI ???? June 29, 2015

      I GUESS SHE CALL HERSELF BADGALRIRI FOR A REASON ! LOL

      • Tyler Makivelli June 29, 2015

        Ha! Yeah, a bad girl with a bad attitude…and you wonder why people were dragging her after what she did to Stephen Hill last night.

  25. truth June 29, 2015

    lil kim ruined the whole show

  26. Mark111 June 29, 2015

    Patti didn’t sing over them, the other two just couldn’t match or keep up.

  27. Mark111 June 29, 2015

    The best of the night was the Janet Jackson show. No one can hype you up, only YOU can hype yourself with your over the top expectations. People have in there head whay this person should do and if it doesn’t go the way they planned (in their own head), then it’s a let down. BET have a great balance, balance for the new, young, old, legendary and the here for a moment. The whole family enjoy this award show, something the grammy, vma, amazing and other can’t do. Grammy have a wide range to cover while the others aim at the teen demographic, leaving the others unamused.

  28. Lake Erie June 29, 2015

    I agree with all of their critiques. They weren’t bias towards one another and they all pointed out great points that I was thinking after watching the show. I just want to say again that I’m so proud of my girl CiCi though. I’m happy for Tinashe too! Someone said on here about Tinashe earning her strips? I couldn’t agree more even though talent is talent at the end of the day. I say she’ll be an Ox by her 3rd official album. So with that said, I went out and bought her “Aquarius” album lol. I’m going to listen to it over the week. Who knows, I might become a fan (shrugs), I’m interested to see how it sounds though.
    O yea, and Queen Bee did then Damn thing! She really does need to quit that indie crap and make a real comeback, cuz despite what people say about her “physical” she delivers authentically no doubt.

    • 4everBrandy_Ci June 29, 2015

      Yes!!!! It’s good to acknowledge all artists without being petty. It seems that people are so full of themselves just because they stan or support their favorite. Although I love Ciara as much as I do, Tinashe has had my support since day one. I’ve followed her career since her mixtapes and she’s really an artist that is gifted. I feel like her second album will be the determining factor because she makes good music and it’s relatable.I look forward to the new direction she’s bringing to the table. The tribute was really good and everyone that had the opportunity to honor Janet did their thing!!!!

  29. Lake Erie June 29, 2015

    Right! And yea, i just bought her album a day ago so I’m going to check her out, I’ve been lowkey checking her out anyways lol so I see what you see.
    I can’t wait for Janet’s first live performance too.

    • Lake Erie June 29, 2015

      @4everBrandy_Ci ,damn I typed in the wrong reply box but this comment is for you.

      • 4everBrandy_Ci June 29, 2015

        Lol!!! Yep.

  30. Ozzy June 29, 2015

    I was pleasantly surprised by the BET awards. An overall good show and in all honesty, the best this year…..
    Tinashe was so cute in the tribute and Ciara absolutely KILLED that!

    B+

  31. Antonio June 29, 2015

    To the person who said Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay and Kanye don’t show up to the BET Awards because it’s boring, it’s because they forgot where they came from, they’re the prime examples of black artists who reach such a high level of success they start thinking they’re above their fellow black artists. Michael, Janet, Patti, Diana, Aretha, Mariah, Prince and Whitney always attended the Soul Train and Image Awards because they knew at the end of the day, black artists would always be viewed less than at the white awards shows. What Smokey Robinson said last night during his speech was directed towards artists like them, they only feel validated when white ppl accept them. Kanye said it himself… “I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist”… kanye why dose it matter if the artist white or black, does he honestly think by winning against a white artist that his artistry will be validated… that slave mentality just won’t leave and. But anyway, the BET Awards was best since the 2007 show to me. The performances were good. I really enjoyed Kendrick, Weeknd and Alicia, Janelle and Jidenna, the Bad Boy Reunion and Big Sean. The Smokey Robinson and Janet tributes seemed really rushed. The could’ve also had Anthony Hamilton and maybe Patti perform in the Smokey tribute and added Kelly Rowland and Rihanna to Janet tribute. Ciara killed it, point blank. Jason was not memorable and Tinashe was just okay. Yeah Ciara was ahead of the dancers but not to the point were it messed up the performance

  32. @JanetCIARA_ June 29, 2015

    JANET & CIARA!
    THAT IS ALL!

  33. Shady81 June 29, 2015

    I felt the BET Awards was o.k.
    Highlights for me were: Lil Kim showed us why she was/is the Queen B great performance from her.
    Tinashe suprised me she did great in the Janet Tribute.
    Smokey still got and he did incredible while dropping knowledge on these youngsters.
    Patti show up and Showed out she was great.
    Jimmy & Terry presenting Janet with her award and Jimmy wanting to hold Janet’s award for her cute moment from the three of them.
    Only Janet has the men going nuts even Busta Rhymes was screaming like a little school girl.

    Crazy moment: Chris Brown having a light orgasm when Janet walks out like he just had air s** with her and Janet didn’t even notice.

    Low lights: Diddy having a Bad Boy Reunion with No Total,
    No Black Rob, No Craig Mack, No Carl Thomas. Man Puffy how many bridges did you burn dawg, pay them people.
    French Montana need I say more.
    Keisha Cole goes independent while looking like Smurfette with all that damn blue she had on up on that damn stage she looked more worse then her momma Frankie in that damn platinum blonde wig on the Frankie and Neffe show Girl bye.
    Tamar’s eyelashes were melting with her mascara across her face Tamar, Tamar, Tamar.
    #Fix it Jesus.

    Last but not least:
    Are we just gone act like no one didn’t see Puffy(cause that’s who he was acting like.) didn’t fall his ass in that big ass hole on the stage and the fans trying to help pull him out that hole (blank stare.) He really does define Suge Knights words back in 1995 at the Source awards “Any artist out there wannabe an artist and wanna stay a star. And don’t have to worry about the Executive producer trying to be all in the videos, All on the records, Dancing, Come to Death Row”! Boy how the times have changed Suge in jail for murder and attempted murder while going to court playing sick, blind, Etc. And Diddy’s wealthy just got out of jail for acting a fool with son’s coach only to end up in a big ass stage hole at the BET Awards SMFH.

  34. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money June 29, 2015

    Everybody did great and the most hyper was when lil Kim came out to performance

  35. Shady81 June 29, 2015

    For the Janet Tribute I thought it was quite lackluster compared to the MTV Iconic Tribute Janet had back in 2001 you can basically tell the Janet pick those artist personally herself because it was great especially the dance portion of the tribute she handpicked those artist and probably worked personally with Mya, Usher, and Pink. Whereas BET put or shall I say thru together a performance for Janet and give her an award because her announcement of her coming back was epic and the most talked about in the media plus they know a Jackson whether it was the late great Michael Jackson or Janet could bring BET Ratings huge ratings
    BET hasn’t seen ratings that big since Michael joined the stage with James Brown (can’t remember what year that was though.) You just have to compare the two performances you can tell Mya, Usher, and Pink didn’t just sit and study Janet they worked with her and at the time Tina and Shawnette were probably involved as well to get it right. And the greatness of Janet performing with all her female dancers old and New dressed like every music video era that she had glistened in all white pure greatness, where as yesterday she only walked the stage and received her award but you have to admit Janet’s walk alone stage wise hell anywhere is like a performance in itself, that gliding walk her booty swaying side to side so seductively while her hips move within. O.k let my stop, but what I meant to say is her focus is on her upcoming tour so she needs all the energy she can save so she can really rock the stage like she wants to without being limited on time ya’ll know BET is cheap that’s why Diddy fell thru that damn floor. But I’m pretty sure BET had alot of say so in this tribute that’s probably why it was so rushed they should’ve just showed her most iconic dance music videos since it was based on dance had snippets of her Choreographers and directors talk about the impact and importance of the dance and video from Janet’s perspective and gave her, Her award because let’s face It Janet and Michael are the only ones who are going to receive this award because there the onlys ones with Memorable iconic legendary music videos and dances anyways no one else can compare to the both of them.
    #Justkeepingitreal.

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