The 2014 BET Awards never fails to excite the fans, the followers and the haters (who repeatedly mention how much they hate BET but tune in to every major event on the station). And the 2014 awards that aired on Sun., June 29, was as good as any for some entertaining, funny, uncomfortable and thoughtful moments. Here are the top 14 lessons that should’ve been learned from the music awards show.
1. Twitter timelines are proving just how many people don’t get that people get married “til death do us part” not “til the next random shows up at a club.” And Robin Thicke is on a one-man mission to remind his wife Paula Patton of their vows. The huge sign of her name in the background and the name of his next album leaves no mystery — he’s trying to get his childhood sweetheart back by any (Keith Sweat-style) mean’s necessary.
If you like this, check out, “The art of begging: Why #AskThicke went wrong for Twitter, not Robin Thicke.”
2. The hat attire that Usher Raymond and Pharrell Williams wear should be blamed on NBC. These two weren’t wearing these oddball hats until they partnered up to help singers on “The Voice.” This is another downfall of reality TV.
3. Chris Brown is apparently still having amnesia that Karreuche has hung around through the “in love with two women” video and all the legal battles. While he’s singing “Loyal,” his just-out-of-prison song should’ve been a T.I. style tribute. Remember when Tiny popped up from behind the Atlanta rapper at the end of “Got Your Back”? Breezy, we’re waiting for the very loyal Karreuche to get her due props for standing by you instead of angry R&B songs about “hoes” who shouldn’t matter.
4. An entire performance could’ve completed by the time Nicki Minaj took her sweet time getting down the stairs during a very awkward pause in the performance. The walking problem all makes sense once viewers see Lil Wayne run like a track star to “help” her walk up the steps to accept an award, and babble on and on about nothing during her acceptance speech. Apparently steps are a problem altogether with this artist. But whether fan or non-fan, it’d be impossible not to notice how stunning she is without all the bells and whistles (costumes).
5. PETA may be too distracted by Usher’s first dancer busting out into repeated splits to shake a fist at his last dancer wearing puppies on her feet and outdancing Usher on his own song. And did Usher forget some of his lyrics?
6. Trey Songz refuses to get on the bring-back-the-high-top-fade bandwagon that Chris Brown and August Alsina are trying to start. Christopher “Kid” Reid will always be the CEO of this fad though.
7. Busta Rhymes made a mental note that he would make sure you saw him in the crowd. That jacket said it all.
8. Jennifer Hudson’s haircut should make all women rethink wearing weave. Talk about a woman wearing a haircut well! Short hair, don’t care.
9. Eva Marcille couldn’t hide the grin on her face by the guest appearance J-Hud brought onstage. And neither could half the female audience.
10. While disgruntled comedians continue to convince themselves the reason they’re not on top is because only one African-American comedian can be popular at a time, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart still seem to have no problem working together in promos. (And neither did Steve Harvey, the late Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley who were all on top with their own shows at the same time.) But only Chris Rock was lucky enough to take a bath with Gabrielle Union.
11. The ’90s babies were completely confused by the ecstasy ’80s babies were under as soon as Silk came onstage to sing “Freak Me” and Troop performed “All I Do Is Think of You.” Ladies and gentleman, this was when R&B singers weren’t trying to be melodic rappers, too.
12. T.I. is no longer allowed to joke about his son Domani dressing like a “New York taxi cab driver” after wearing golden house shoes onstage. Aw Tip, you’re usually so dapper. What happened?
13. Whatever shoes the female audience members and performers wore, none of them were touching the shoes Ledisi wore during the Lionel Richie tribute. Shiny and all, Ledisi killed everybody else’s shoe game that night.
14. Keyshia Cole might like Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” more than Iggy does, judging from the Australian rapper’s lackluster performance. While Nicki went into bizarre ANTM moments as soon as the camera hit her, Keyshia danced and sang “Fancy” word for word.
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