Five 'Good' Moments From The BET Hip-Hop Awards
With the Jeezy/Rick Ross brawl getting the attention, here are some better moments.
Sorry people. When the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards finally hit the airwaves last night, you didn't see any footage of the altercation between Young Jeezy's and Rick Ross's crews backstage.
Why? Because it wasn't much of a fight and nobody knew or cared until the show was over. The minor melee between the two camps did not hamper the event at all. Nor did another "fight" involving Maybach Music Group recording artist Gunplay.
BET, following the incident at the Sept. 29 taping of the show, quickly distanced itself from the violence and will have to work to fight off the negative PR surrounding its awards show. But there were plenty of good moments from the show worth highlighting. Here are five moments you can share with your friends.
Chris Lighty Tribute
Chris Lighty's life and contributions were celebrated in grand fashion at the end of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. A medley of songs by some of the stars Lighty managed brought everyone in the Atlanta Civic Center to their feet. After a heartfelt monologue by LL Cool J, A Tribe Called Quest came out and performed "Award Tour." The group ended the set saying, "If it wasn't for Chris, we wouldn't have music like this," -- the tribute's theme. Then, Busta Rhymes performed "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See." Fat Joe followed with his hit "Lean Back," and then the somewhat reclusive Missy Elliot turned up the already crazed crowd with "Get Your Freak On." 50 Cent, Lighty's most valuable client, ended the tribute with "I Get Money." It appeared that everybody was inside enjoying this part of the show, totally unaware of the brawl backstage.
Rakim's Hip-Hop Icon Award
Perhaps the most influential rapper with nowhere near the acclaim he deserves, Rakim finally got some shine this night. While he already is named at the top of many "Greatest MCs" list, the BET awards were perhaps the first time the God MC was recognized on a nationally televised award show. The biggest jewel he dropped in his acceptance speech was about not having jewels at all. He encouraged younger rappers to not wear as much gold and to make their spirits gold instead.
Diddy's Special Appearance
The BET Hip-Hop Awards usually aren't attended by the Jay-Z's and Kanye's of the world, but Diddy stepped away from his throne to make a guest appearance and rap his verse on Future's "Same Damn Time" remix. He even stuck around when Machine Gun Kelly and French Montana came out to perform their hit songs.
West Coast Cypher
Unfortunately, this year's Cypher segments weren't as good as previous years. However, the West Coast saved the day when Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, E-40, Kendrick Lamar and YG easily gave the best joined performance of the night. But, that wasn't even the most impressive part. All of them freestyled over DJ Quik beating on a domino table. He even rapped while keeping the beat going.
No Fights IN the Show
The best highlight of the show, one that is not being reported, is that there were no conflicts during the show that stopped it from continuing. Outside of a few hiccups during Wiz Khalifa's performance and Trina messing up a couple of times while MC'ing the show, the BET Hip-Hop Awards went off without a hitch.