BET Awards kicked off in style on the green carpet as hiphop’s finest (minus a certain Queen of R&B pop rocking Glasto at around the same time and her hubby) put their best feet forward at The Shrine Auditorium in L.A. last night for the 2011 BET Awards.

The Wow

Kelly Rowland sizzled in a hot pink Marchesa number and nude heels. We would have probably gone for colour-blocking heels and torn off the frilly fancy at the front but all in all, a good look on Miss Rowland.

E-V-E is one hot Mama Jamma is leather vest, leather trousers and statement heels and shows starlets half her age how style with sexy sophistication is done. And the Rhianna at the Met Gala-esque side platt doesn’t hurt either.

 

Boris Kodjoe all sleek and sexy in black. Mind, we reckon he’d look just as hot in his jim-jams but the guy knows how to wear a suit and look like a million billion dollars.

Kerry Washington showed some starlets who’d left the bottom half of their outfits at home how to look sexy with only a teasing hint of skin in a risque chic in a neon yellow Michael Kors with a plunge neckline and high split.

Mc Lyte like Rihanna’s Billboard red carpet look in a white Elie Tahari suit so much, she nabbed it, wore it, worked it. Wish she had swapped the wedges for a pair of killer heels though.

 

Alicia Keys worked the monochrome looked with a suspenders-inspired Dolce and Gabbana piece and two-tone Louboutins. Effortless chic.

 

As well as colour-coordinating with the gorgeous Alicia, Neyo works the casual smart look with his monochrome ensemble and of course, the obligatory hat.

 

Michelle Williams hits the right style notes and looks equally delectable as her ex band mate Kelly in a draped purple dress with chain-mail detail and matching golden clutch and gladiator heels.

 

Ex? What ex? Jill Scott is showing her ex husband what he is missing and clearly, it ain’t just her cooking he rumouredly stopped eating in the final months of their doomed marriage. Work it, girl!

 

Tika Sumpter leaves just the right amount to the imagination and totally dazzles in this mini-slit Herve Leger.

 

No it is not one of Diddy’s infamous all-white parties, but regardless, Diddy Dirty Money shine in all-white ensembles.

Hel-lo, Lloyd. Is it the Marc Jacobs vest? Or the Diesel jeans? Or the Louboutin trainers? The boy looks fiiiine!

A relative red carpet rookie, Ledisi gets it right and dazzles in a shimmery playsuit and nude heels. But where is the clutch, dear?

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Never thought there’d come a day I’d say something nice about The Bieb, but Justin struck the right balance between teensy and smart with the casual ensemble, denim waistcoat and Louboutin trainers. Not bad, Bieber!

Cute factor wins the day on the green carpet for the Smith duo – also the joint winners of the Young Star Award – and they get their ‘aaaww’ from the FAB Fashion Police despite Jaden’s dodgy taste in trousers and outfit that is a tad too reminiscent of a certain Fresh Prince. Need a clue? Just peep at Willow’s shirt. Gotta love a girl who wears her dad’s face on her tee.

 

Can’t fault the understated harem pants and purple bustier and the emerald necklace – miles away from Keri Hilson’s usual red carpet choice of figure hugging bandage dresses, but we just wished she had chucked in the drab heels for a purple pair!

Game gets a big ‘Aaawww!’ from us for dropping the gansta rapper batty riders and puffa jackets, scrubbing up well and bringing his A ‘game’ to the green carpet in casual chic.

 

Granted his vest screams more ‘pimp’ than ‘polished’ but Bussa Bus has come up miles in style stakes since the 90s and for that, a big ‘aaaaww’ from us.

Maybe it is the colour, or the cut, or the unenthused look on her face, but our usually fierce London gal Estelle could have done better, we reckon. Oh well, next red carpet then, Stells!

Even his boyish good looks and that quiff aren’t enough to distract us from Bruno Mars’s white jacket which makes him look like he’s getting ready to serve nibbles at cocktail hour.

 

Aaaaww, Nick – we know you’ve tried… but next time you want to dress in all-white and truly dazzle, please have a tutorial from Diddy first.

Aaaww, Kevin Hart, what were you thi… Actually we know what you were thinking: Let me throw in this casual tee to jazz up my YSL suit and work the smart cas… Well, sadly Kevin, you’re not working nada!

Leila Ali comes straight from the parents-teachers meeting on to the green carpet. We reckon, she went for ‘effortless chic’ but it screams ‘no effort!’

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Meagan Goode, it seems, got her dates mixed up and thought she was turning up at the Oscars… OTT much, Meg?

 

And another prom queen! Ashanti love, 1999 called, they want you back.

 

Stripy, stretchy pink dress with shoulder details too reminiscent of an underwater organism, black-bra peeping under see-through fabric and patterned tights. We missed the statement you were trying to make, Nicki Minaj. And clearly we’re not alone! But we’ll take the boots and the curves any day.

Tyga in pimp chic – exhibit A.

 

Wizzy and Amber demonstrate how to lock lips and how not to do charity shop chic on the red carpet. Exhibit B

 

Close your eyes while you still can or the camel toe will give you nightmares till next year’s BET Awards. Tierra Marie, WTF?

If Lady Gaga, 90s Madonna, Cruella de Ville and the Bride of Frankenstein had a love child, it could possibly be Lil Wayne’s protege, Porcelain Black. Okay, seriously…. WTF?

But fashion was not all there was to the 2011 BET Awards.

Hosted by Kevin Hart, the 2011 BET Awards saw a galore of great performances and moving acceptance speeches. Anita Baker and Mary J. Blige kicked off the show with a slamming medley of hits “All Night Long,” “Joy,” “Happy,” Dreams,” “Real Love,” “Rapture,” and “Over Til It’s Over.” Other memorable performances of the night came from Ceelo Green in drag as he took to the stage with Gladys Knight to sing Patti LaBelle’s “Somebody Loves You Baby,” the legendary  songstress and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle herselfthe recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award who brought the house down performing two of her greatest hits, “Love, Need and Want You” and “Lady Marmalade,” Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars, Jill Scott’s soulful rendition of “Rolling Hills” with actor Idris Elba, and of course, Beyonce’s live telecast from Glastonbury. And let’s not forget the strip shows from the likes of Trey Songz, R Kelly and… uhhmm… Rick Ross! However, it was undisputedly Chris Brown aka The Comeback Kid who owned the stage with a energetic performance of his two latest singles “She Ain’t You,” “Look at Me Now,” and “Paper Scissor Rock.”


Chris Breezy also proved the biggest winner of the night, breezing his way through 4 awards, including the viewers’ choice award, with Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West hot on his heels.

No award show would be complete without a faux pas or two and this year’s BET blunder came in the shape of Tiffany Greene, a contest winner who was lucky enough to present the Viewer’s Choice Award alongside106 & Park hosts Terrance and Rocsi, but unfortunately got the name of the winner wrong. Tiffany first announced Chris as the winner, but retracted her answer and gave the trophy Drake for his hit “What’s My Name” — on which he collaborated with Rihanna.

This year’s In Memoriam tribute celebrated the lives of Cali Swag District member M-Bone, Clarence Clemons, Teena Marie,Gil Scott Heron and Nate Dogg with performances and appearances by Doug E. Fresh and Cali Swag District, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Scott Mayo, Snoop Dogg and Warren G.

In continuing the good that BET’s S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves initiative has made over the years, the BET Awards 2011 contained a special moment to show support for the victims of the tornadoes in the Southeast through a special message from Rev. Al Sharpton.

The other winners of the night were as follows:

 

  • Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
  • Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
  • Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money
  • Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
  • Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West
  • Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
  • Best Collaboration: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now”
  • Video of the Year: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now”
  • Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson
  • Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
  • Best Actor: Idris Elba
  • Young Stars Award: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
  • Best Movie: For Colored Girls
  • Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
  • Subway Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick
  • Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius “Far Away”
  • Best International Act: 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D’Banj (Nigeria)
  • Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at me Now”
  • Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti LaBelle

 

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