I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"
Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.
I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!
I must say that India Arie is looking really good these days. I loved her performance of "There Goes my Baby". Jamie Foxx did well with "Yearning for your Love" and also Stevie Wonder sang "Burn Rubber" as if it was his song.
But after Wilson delivered his acceptance speech, he put on a really, really great performance himself. Having Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell worked and was a good look. I like it when the honorees actually perform as well. Especially when they still sound good like Uncle Charlie does.
R. Kelly came through with a great performance and I am not at all surprised. Robert always seems to have a good performance up his sleeve. What's funny is that it seemed like he borrowed the choir from Kirk Franklin at the beginning of his set. Still, he made it work! If you forgot R-uh's discography, you could have been reminded of every hit he has by watching his set. If you missed this one, get to You Tube and check it out right now!
Kendrick Lamar was the big winner of the night leaving the building with three awards for Best Collaboration, Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best New Artist. I loved his acceptance speech. It's rare that you find a young rapper with the humbleness this kid displayed. I think it was well deserved.
Other winners included the regulars such as Rihanna for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Miguel for Best Male R/B Pop Artist and Chris Brown for the Fandemonium Award.
It wasn't all about Hip Hop and R&B though. Gospel was represented as well, with powerhouse duo Mary Mary winning the award for Best Gospel Artist.
As for the big screen, Jamie Foxx won the award for Best Actor, coincidentally as his film "White House Down" opened over the weekend. Foxx's "D'Jango Unchained" co-star and "Scandal" star Kerry Washington won the award for Best Actress.
The Best Film award was given to Steve Harvey's "Think like a Man." This one made me proud. Way to go Steven Hill and the gang over at BET! Job well done!
For more information on the winners and to catch some of the performances, you can visit BET online at www.BET.com.