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Posted, June 25, 2008 - The BET Awards continues to prove why it’s the premiere award show in the game and guess what? It’s STILL growing.  Its one thing to dub yourself the hottest ticket on television but it’s quite another to have those words bestowed on you by those that matter most: the viewers. 

Those that watched the 9th annual BET Awards live or on TV can attest that the 2008 version of the show has further distanced itself from the proverbial pack.

The competition was so close that each artist nominated could make strong arguments as to why he or she should have walked off with the trophy.  This parity made for sincere emotion for those honored as well as a healthy respect for those in contention. The former was best evidenced by Bun B of the group UGK, as he bore a piece of a divided soul in accepting the coveted Video of The Year Award for the group’s ‘International Player’s Anthem.’ Lamenting on the passing of his partner in rhyme, Bun B offered the following on his brethren Pimp C, “It’s hard to do this when my brother’s not here to accept with me.”  Adding further, “I don’t care what nobody says, it’s UGK for life.”  

Trophy winners aside, nothing captures the essence of the BET Awards as well as a dynamic performance. With hot being the theme, Usher, the evening’s opening act, set the bar well beyond the 90 degree temperature mark in terms of heat with his smash “Love In The Club.”  Performances by Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Young Jeezy, Nelly and Rihanna were as impressive.

Best Gospel Artist award winner Marvin Sapp’s performance was inspirational, projecting images of Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the backdrop of his stage set during his searing rendition of ‘Never Would’ve Made It.’  Alicia Keys, winner of the Best Female R&B Artist, expertly blended her old school flavored ‘Teenage Love Affair’ with key cameos from some of the artists she admires most: SWV (‘Weak’), En Vogue (‘Hold On’) and TLC (‘Waterfalls’.) 

T Pain, with the motif of a ringleader in a circus, showed why he was the leading BET Award nominee, as he was the glue that held together hits for Flo Rida (Low), Rick Ross, (I’m The Biggest Boss) and DJ Khaled (I’m So Hood Remix featuring Big Boi and Ludacris.)  Lil Wayne, shut it down literally with selections from his platinum-in-a-week disc the Carter III. Joined by T-Pain, they debuted their recently announced union T-Wayne and breezed through the hottest records on the streets right now, ‘Lollipop’ and ‘A Milli.’   

All great moments but Al Green proved that he can still rumble with the best as a performer with flawless execution of his classics ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘Love and Happiness.’  For a man that professed on wax to be tired of being alone, having to bask in the love of John Legend, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell, the guests at the Shrine Auditorium and millions watching at the crib, Al Green should never feel alone again. 

Not to be pigeonholed as a celebration of music, Quincy Jones, the prototype for the Super Producer, was honored for his lifelong and worldwide commitment to the betterment of the world.

With all of this excitement packed in the swift span of 3 hours, I’m ready to begin the countdown to the BET Awards ’09!

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October 27, 2008

naaah the bet hip hop awards wasnt as good as it should be. t-pain did the best he can hosting. but he did his thing performing. this hip hop awards was mostly about lil wayne becuz he kept on getting the trophys lol. but bet hip hop awards 09 is coming, its def. gotta be better than 08.

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October 24, 2008

alicia keys can say that she black she got black in her so she can say that she got swag and spirit like a black gurl so she can say that!!!

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October 24, 2008

ummmm yeah why out of everybodi did they pick t-pain to host...i mean seariously he did a terrible job! what is the real deal behind katt i was really looking foward to that! i mean t-pains whole getup the whole s*** i mean performance and all was just bad! i'm sorry i like the music i just dont like the style or the swag. he tried but he just wasnt funny at all. it was like the biggest disappointment. i didnt even enjoy the rest of the show...well some of it i did.but then bow wow came looking like wtf...idk...wow yeah this one has to be the worst bet awards i've ever seen.

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October 24, 2008

ummmm yeah why out of everybodi did they pick t-pain to host...i mean seariously he did a terrible job! what is the real deal behind katt i was really looking foward to that! i mean t-pains whole getup the whole s*** i mean performance and all was just bad! i'm sorry i like the music i just dont like the style or the swag. he tried but he just wasnt funny at all. it was like the biggest disappointment. i didnt even enjoy the rest of the show...well some of it i did.but then bow wow came looking like wtf...idk...wow yeah this one has to be the worst bet awards i've ever seen.

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October 24, 2008

ummmm yeah why out of everybodi did they pcik t-pain to host...i mean seariously he did a terrible job! what is the real deal behind katt i was really looking foward to that! i mean t-pains whole getup the whole s*** i mean performance and all was just bad! i'm sorry i like the music i just dont like the style or the swag. he tried but he just wasnt funny at all. it was like the biggest disappointment. i didnt even enjoy the rest of the show...well some of it i did.but then bow wow came looking like wtf...idk...wow yeah this one has to be the worst bet awards i've ever seen.

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October 9, 2008

my son zoran is an avid viewer and asked me to write you on a idea he had for the show. he says it would be bananas if you would have this as a surprise performance at the grand finale. have m.i.a. begin performing "fly like planes" until she gets to the verse "no one on the corner has swagger like us" and have her halt her performance and it segways to jayz, kenge west, t.i. and lil wayne performing "swagger like us" put this together and no one will ever forget it!!

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October 1, 2008

alicia keys said: "give it up to black people ya'll cus we so fly and everybody wanna be like usssss." not trying and why would she hate on white people if her mom is italian? she is one of the last people to do that yeah, just saying.

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August 17, 2008

please please please air the bet 2008 award show again, i missed most of it again! and by the way, have you thought of selling all the bet award shows on dvd? i would love to see the 2007 again, but how?

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July 14, 2008

i was very very happy to see maxwell finally come back into the limelight. i have really missed his souful voice and presence. i heard he was in the studio and a new disc to arrive soon. can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kwinn919

July 2, 2008

alicea keys needs to leave the social commentary alone...she mentions"everyone trying to be like us"...why dog white people they support you to...go figure.

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June 29, 2008

nelly represented for the mid-west spittin that heat you cant hate on homie thats the mid-west invasion comin

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June 27, 2008

dl hughley was a terrible host. he couldn't bring it like monique, so don't never, never, never invite him again. i was thrilled to see en vogue,swv, and tlc.

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June 26, 2008

the show went well, in the words of keyshia cole's momma "holla!"

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June 26, 2008

wayne can't equal garbage...it's possible! you're trippin

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June 26, 2008

t-pain looked a mess

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June 26, 2008

wayne performance was hot garbage

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June 26, 2008

al green's performance was delightful

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jeffersonk

June 26, 2008

you know people don't like to write! lol yeah, the show was on fire. al green rocked the house and quincy jones is legendary!!!! bet awards 08 - job well done!

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June 26, 2008

can't believe i'm the first person to leave a comment unless i'in the wrong place! anyway... the show was very good. highlights for me were the al green tribute and alicia keys bringing the 90's female groups to the stage. on the minus side... why was legendary quincy jones only given a paltry 10 minutes for his tribute with no musical performance? and while i have enjoyed dl hughley in the past, he was a poor host this year. those bad jokes in the beginning of the show, including the r. kelly one fell flat. and he was stmbling over his words at other points in the show. though dl was a lot be