Unlike UK counterpart the MOBOs – normally about as riveting as a particularly sedate episode of Sunday Worship – the BETs are often essential viewing.
Last night’s ceremony saw Beyonce (Best Female R&B Artist), Jay-Z and Kanye West (Best Group) and Chris Brown (Best Male Artist, euch) all scoop awards. Maybach Music Group and Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music crew both performed (the latter including a new Kanye track, ‘New God Flow’), as did Nicki Minaj. The central set-piece of the night was a tribute to Whitney Houston, featuring Monica, Brandy and a host of Houston’s relatives and friends. Eminently rewatchable moments abounded, and we’ve collected a handful of clips below.
D’Angelo stole the show with his first televised performance in twelve years, and it was a pretty mercurial performance. The ‘Untitled’/’Sugar Daddy’ medley showed D’Angelo’s pipes are still in exceptionally good shape, and he looked thoroughly assured fronting a full band.
In a lighter moment, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee clubbed up to perform Watch The Throne juggernaut ‘Niggas In Paris’. Their take, accompanied by images of Jackson in a purple wig, falls somewhere between Statler & Waldorf and PJ & Duncan. Kanye, sitting pretty in the audience, looks unsure whether to laugh or weep.
Final treat: Kanye West gets a taste of his own medicine when collecting the award for Best Video for ‘Otis’, courtesy of best bud Jay-Z.