The Black Entertainment Television Awards for 2012 were held at the Shrine Auditorium in LA yesterday with the focus of the ceremony dedicated to the memory of Whitney Houston. Monica and Brandy, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston paid tribute to the deceased singer, with other highlights including soul singer D’Angelo who gave his first television performance in over a decade, and the massive opening from G.O.O.D music trio 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kanye West who performed the track “Mercy”.
The winners of the night included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé, but who were the top performers on the red carpet? It’s hard to compete with Rick Ross in a grey velour tracksuit but let’s have a look…
Firstly, let me just say that I would give Rick Ross twenty dollars for a hug, with or without eye contact.
Gorgeous singer Monica is wearing a questionable maroon shade for her top and pants in two questionable textures. boobs squished together.
Monica sees Taraji P. Henson‘s boobs squished together and is all “pffffsh. Bitch please”.
Monica performed during the Awards ceremony, wearing this fabulous jungle-print situation.
If Tyler Perry re-made The Neverending Story this lady is what the childlike empress would look like.
Regina King is usually fabulous but not when she borrows Betty White’s blue dress pants.
Angela Bassett is 53 years old and looks more babe-like than ever. She looks terrific in this simple black lace mini dress and vertical hair.
Selita Ebanks is the only person sublime enough to wear a sheer black curtain over embellished hot pants and get away with that kind of bullshit.
Willow and Jaden Smith. I’m sorry but these kids look like assholes.
This gal’s name is Porscha Coleman. I think all you need to know about her is that she spells her name like a luxury car brand.
Kim Kardashian looking demure in a white body-hugging Kanye West dress:
And now from the back…
And here’s her man himself laughing joyously out the front of the live tweet wall. If you stare at this photo long enough you can hear emojis singing.
2012 Dream Team.
Did you know that this immense Jasper Johns doodle used to be Busta Rhymes?
D’Angelo and Usher exhibit two staples of R&B performance. The black cutoff sleeve, and this pose:
Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. Colour blocking.
My favourite thing about what Chaka Khan‘s got going on here is the golden anklet and the concerned/suspicious onlookers that surround her. Relax everyone, it’s Chaka frikkin Khan! She’s got this.
And speaking of gold dipped divas look at this woman. Beyonce‘s legs are glimmering with some kind of magical ointment that I’m pretty sure is just BEYONCE’S ACTUAL SKIN. She makes everyone else look so c-grade in comparison…
…except for this flawless bitch of course.
I like that Nicki Minaj combines boob shelf, camel toe and a terrible dye job and the result is the cutest person on earth. Here she is with Tyga.
Hey girl. You know where the camera’s at.
And last but not least:
Chris Brown gets his balls flicked by hand shadow FTW.
Photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez, Christopher Polk, Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images.