BET Awards 2010 Performances

Jun 27th, 2010 // 15 Comments

Kanye West managed not to interrupt anyone, Chris Brown cried while honoring Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys (sporting a baby bump) climbed atop her piano to pay tribute to Prince on an emotional night full of hyped performances at the BET Awards. Drake dropped a new verse mentioning his album’s sky-high sales into “Lose My Mind”, and T.I. returned to a major stage for the first time since prison. But did Chris Brown steal the show? Watch the hottest performances below.

As expected, Kanye West – staging his first major comeback performance anywhere besides a high school – performed his new single “Power” from on top of a volcano (or was that just his ego?) and got the night off to a promising start.

Kanye West – “Power”

But the night’s most shocking performance belonged to Chris Brown – who (despite the obvious knock against him) earned genuine applause for his dance tribute to Michael Jackson, just after the anniversary of MJ’s death. (We were wondering when he’d get around to paying his respects). Watch, though, as Brown breaks down during “Man In The Mirror”. Was it all real? You tell us. (And just when you thought tributes couldn’t get any weirder, right?)

Chris Brown – Michael Jackson tribute

Chris went on to win BET’s “fandemonium” award, and his short acceptance speech said it all: “I let y’all down before, I won’t do it again. I promise.”

It was also a big night for Drake, who took home the award for Male Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year. Drake shouted out his incarcerated mentor and friend Lil Wayne repeatedly, in his acceptance speech and of course in his performance, which included “Fireworks”, “Over” and “Lose My Mind”. (He was joined on stage by Young Jeezy, though we would’ve much preferred a Weezy call from Rikers.).

Drake – “Fireworks”, “Over”, “Lose My Mind”

After Drake, the only performance that could compare came from the only artist to outsell him recently: Eminem. Watch Marshall join B.o.B and Keyshia Cole for B.o.B.’s “Airplanes Part 2″ and his own “Not Afraid”. (Really, BET? You couldn’t get Hayley Williams for this one?)

Eminem, B.o.B, Keyshia Cole – “Airplanes, Part 2″, “Not Afraid”

Other standout performances came from Alicia Keys, who performed a medley of her hits – looking divine (and showing that baby bump!):

Alicia Keys – “No One”, “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”, “If I Ain’t Got You”

Alicia joined in a series of tributes to Prince, who received a lifetime achievement award. Perhaps the best (and wildest) of them was Janelle Monae’s wide-eyed cover of “Let’s Go Crazy”. Even Prince had to crack a smile.

Janelle Monae – “Let’s Go Crazy”

T.I., with Blink 182′s Travis Barker on drums, made a fiery return to the stage with “Yeah Ya Know”.

T.I. – “Yeah Ya Know”

And Usher dressed the stage all in white for his triumphant performance of “There Goes My Baby”.

Usher – “There Goes My Baby”

If you missed anything, you can watch the whole show here.

Did you watch the show live? What was your favorite moment?

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  1. Sunshine67

    WOW, there were so many great performances-if not all of them. My favorite was definitely Chris Brown. What a pleasant surprise to see him perform. I also enjoyed seeing Jada Pinkett Smith (she looks nice, especially for age, Will Smith is a lucky man. Not just because she looks nice, but because a woman of beauty, strength, intelligence and love for her family) she sound and look gorgeous. Eminem performance, Kirk Franklin and friends performance to Haiti, Trey Songz mom with that proud of my baby look on her face, Kanye West’s performance which was a great start to the show, Diddy Beatz & Dirty Money performance definitely woke it up, El Debarge (voice sounds as high, clear and smooth as it did 20 years ago) sound and got around great, Alicia Keys (epecially the Kim Burrell duo and the piano scene all with a baby bump) and last but not least Tyrese(with his fine self, he can sing to me anytime, am I right ladies) sound sexy and strong as usual. This year’s award could definitely be my best yet. Time will tell. Thanks Mr. Stephen Hill for putting together a very pleasant, smooth running and memorable B.E.T. awards.

  2. Jarrod

    Can’t believe who ever wrote this said Chris Browns was the most shocking performance???…BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT…CHRIS BROWN IS BACK…WHO CARES ABOUT THE CRITICS…HE IS A REAL ENTERTAINER AND ONE OF THE FEW GREAT ENTERTAINERS IN THE INDUSTRY TODAY…HE ALWAYS ROCKS OUT WHENEVER HE PERFORMS AND HE IS EXTREMELY DIVERSE IN HIS MUSIC….THE CRYING WAS GENUINE…OBVIOUSLY JUST BY LOOKING AT HIM…IF U DISAGREE YOU NEED YA EYES CHECKED

  3. Sunshine67

    Revised – Had a few typos
    WOW, there were so many great performances-if not all of them. My favorite was definitely Chris Brown. What a pleasant surprise to see him perform. I also enjoyed seeing Jada Pinkett Smith (she looks nice, especially for her age, Will Smith is a lucky man. Not just because she looks nice, but because a woman of her beauty, strength, intelligence and love for her family is a rare find) she spoke and look gorgeous. Eminem performance, Kirk Franklin and friends performance to Haiti, Trey Songz mom with that proud of my baby look on her face, Kanye West’s performance which was a great start to the show, Diddy Beatz & Dirty Money performance definitely woke it up, El Debarge (voice sounds as high, clear and smooth as it did 20 years ago) sound and got around great, Alicia Keys (epecially the Kim Burrell duo and the piano scene all with a baby bump) and last but not least Tyrese(with his fine self, he can sing to me anytime, am I right ladies) sound sexy and strong as usual. This year’s award could definitely be my best yet. Time will tell. Thanks Mr. Stephen Hill for putting together a very pleasant, smooth running and memorable B.E.T. awards.

  4. Victor

    Actions speak louder than words. Only one way to find out if he was being true. Prince tribute was A plus.

  5. This was by for the dullest BET awards to date. Kanye opening up was a nice surprise but I wasn’t exactly moved. Chris Browns crocodile tears certainly didn’t have me fooled and honestly his dance routine was absolutely nothing special, we’ve seen it time and time again.

    I actually most enjoyed Diddy- Dirty Money’s performance (which is missing from your line-up) that was pretty alright and the tribute to Prince was amazing other than those this was one lackluster night. Usher was super lame as usual.

    Queen Latifah kinda bombed as a host too It was all just very dull those robotically forced moments of comic relief by some of the presenters was cringe worthy.

  6. reri

    the awards was so much better this year, it was so trashy last yr i almost didn’t watch, but i must say if chris brown had’nt have been there then the show still would not have been worth watching. CHRIS BROWN WAS THE ENTIRE SHOW. no if ands or buts about it. there is no way USHER could have been better, he couldn’t even save his own performance with his off key ass. But i bet a million dollas that the jacksons prolly told BET the chris had 2 do it this yr, because NOONE can do it like chris, woman beater or not, the boy is bad….trey songz needs to be slapped with a prince cd tho

  7. danielle

    Haley would’ve been there but she had another show already scheduled

  8. @ reri

    I’m not much into Usher these days but you had the nerve to call him off key? Least he can ACTUALLY sing Chris Brown sounds like a screeching train when he rarely “attempts” to sing live and I wont even go into that mess from last night. Usher is infinity more talent than that has-been.

  9. Justin

    Janelle Monae had a GREAT performance. That’d be worth noting up here. I loved it and Prince hand selected her for a reason – she’s dope. That new album is giving me LIFE!!!

  10. Jasmine

    Oh, I agree with Justin – I LOVE JANELLE MONAE!!! She’s so killer. Prince tribute was so energetic and raw. Loved that.

  11. KJ

    Overall it was great show. Congrats to BET for finally doing their thing. Definitely highlight for me was having Kanye open the show – nice to have him back, and that girl Janelle Monae. She ALWAYS rips it. Her energy is pretty freaking sweet.

    Congrats to BET and especially Janelle Monae for killing it.

  12. The Power of Love

    The whole BET awards show was great!! I enjoyed it completely. It definitely tops all the other awards show I’ve seen this year. I can’t sit through 2 hours of the grammys — boring!! VMAs is iffy at best with all their no name performers – boring!! I always look forward to the BET awards and they step the game up this year. Here is my take on 2010 BET Awards show:.

    1) Love the Queen Latifah. She can do no wrong in my book and she was great!. I have to give a shout out to Jada Pink Smith and her 2 beautiful children. She is always a stand out. 2 strong black women, love them both!!
    2) Kanye West was great! The whole volcano thing was genious and fit the song Power, which I love. The brother is deep and one of the best out there.
    3) Alicia Keyes, always bring it for the R&B lovers. Love her!
    4) B.o.B is going places. Love his swag and style.
    5) Eminem, Ludacris and TI are still the veterans in their game. They bring it all the time. no disappointment there.
    6) P. Diddy and dirty money performance brought life to the show. Diddy always bring excitement. He is definitely a crowd pleaser and I always love his down to earth, old skool new skool swag. Love him!!
    7) Chris Brown killed it! It is the Michael Jackson tribute and it was off the chain gang. He gave the best MJ tribute I’ve seen, he captured the spirit of Michael Jackson with all MJs signature dance moves. Loved it!! The brother Chris Breezy, has global range and an abundance of talent. He was young and made a huge mistake, however, it’s a disservice to the world to suppress that talent. Time to forgive and move on. Note: White folks need to stop being so darn judgmental all the time, especially of the brothers. They need to clean up their own backyard and leave black folks alone, please stop this holier than thou attitude and hold yourselves to the same standards because you don’t live what you preach and your intentions are not pure. Onward.
    8) The Prince tribute was one of the best I’ve seen in all awards show. It was real, raw and exciting. It felt like a celebration and appreciation of his music, talent and originality and less like a funeral or simple fan fare. The women he picked were all great and on point, they did the darn thing!! They all captured the essence of Prince. Love them all!! Prince will be loved forever and can never be immitated nor duplicated.

    Only disappointment: Prince did not perform. I wish he had given us at least 1 song. We love you, anyways. However, we won’t let you get away without performing next time. All with love Sir Prince!

    Overall rating is defintely a 9 out of 10. In my opinion BET 2010 top all the other award show this year in terms of performances, style, audience and crowd pleasers.

  13. I really like Chris Brown performance on the bet awards because he started crying on the stage when he was singing man in the mirror that was the song for him .

  14. Tan-Tinisha Ray

    Honestly people. If you didn’t like tha Awards, don’t pull other people down. So what if they liked somethin you hated, it’s not up to you to bash them. Grow tha hell up. ‘Man In The Mirror’ was a tough song for Chris Brown to sing cuz it made him realize that he messed up and he has some things he needs to work on for himself. Prince Tribute was absolutely fantastic and there’s no other that can compare. Janelle Monae left me speechless. She was…incredible. Loved T.I.’s song. Kanye West was terrific. Tha whole awards show great but there has been better BET Awards. Overall great show.

  15. sandidy

    did y’all miss Patti Labelle catching the spirit, screemin like a banshee and kickin off her Christian Louboutins? Was there a “shocking moment award” that we didn’t know about? why was everyone trying to out do the previous performer, I’m glad Beyonce didn’t perform cos the only thing left for her to do would have been to take her clothes off…and i mean, all her clothes…

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