Damn. I understand that Michael Jackson’s death threw off the whole BET Awards, but I still gotta say it: It sucked. They had their hearts in the right place but the show just seemed boring and not well put together. From a Hip-Hop standpoint, we had performances from Soulja Boy, Jay-Z, & Drake (messed up leg and all) with some backup from Lil’ Wayne (Who won the night’s “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” awards) and Young Money. Soulja Boy’s stage performance looked good on paper until you realized singing “Turn My Swag On” looks boring on stage. I was surprised to see Drake close the show. Drake’s performance was hurt because he was confined to a stool (It’s rumored that he messed up his ACL). By the time Weezy & Young Money hit the stage to perform “Every Girl”, the crowd was out of it…even more out of it when Birdman came out and performed “Always Strapped”. It wasn’t hard for Jay-Z’s performance of “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)” to rank as one of the show’s best (BET even added effects) but he seemed well rehearsed and the crowd was into it. Check out some videos of the BET performances (As well as the Skank Robbers trailer) and tell us what you thought about BET Awards ’09.
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Turn My Swag On”
Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)”
Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Birdman, & Young Money – “Best I Ever Had”/”Every Girl”/”Always Strapped”