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Hit or Diss: The BET Awards Recap

By Jasmine CeCelia The show marked the last time we would see “106 and Park” hosts Terrence J and Rosci on the red carpet as hosts of the show and the first time for “The Braxtons” star Tamar Braxton as an correspondent. The BET Pre-Show displayed all the glitz and glam of celebrity style or…

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By Jasmine CeCelia

The show marked the last time we would see “106 and Park” hosts Terrence J and Rosci on the red carpet as hosts of the show and the first time for “The Braxtons” star Tamar Braxton as an correspondent. The BET Pre-Show displayed all the glitz and glam of celebrity style or at least, aimed to. As far as fashion, there weren’t many best dressed ensembles. There were a lot of “What were they thinking?” which included Rosci, Tamar Braxton, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, The OMG Girlz, Lala Anthony and Willow. Our Editor-in-Chief’s choice for worst dressed was Jermaine Dupree, Porscha Coleman, and Swizz Beatz.
My list for best dressed females are Tamia, Letoya Luckett, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, Kerry Washington, Shaun Lourie from KIA, Deborah Lee, Chaka Khan and Melanie Fiona. Between them, the ABC “Scandal” star Kerry Washington was the ultimate best dressed female at the awards show. The Editor-in-Chief’s best dressed is Lola Monroe and Kenya Moore. My list for best dressed males are Terrence J, Tigger, Boris Kodjoe, Young Jeezy, and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank). I don’t have a best dressed male for the show because they all looked yummy and handsome. Also, Mindless Behavior looked very mature and suave. Now the award for Worst Dressed Female would definitely have to go *drum roll, pleases* to Mrs. Lala Anthony. She had an ensemble of a purple, lavender pantsuit that looked like the shower curtain in my grandmother’s bathroom. Worst Dressed Male Award have to go to Big Sean. He looked like he was lost in the wilderness or something but glad, he got it together for the actual show.
The Pre-Show featured performances from MGK, Future, 2 Chainz, Driicky Graham, Elle Varner, and Slaughterhouse. The award for Best Performance at the Pre-show would have to go to Elle Varner. Though I’m not a fan of her single “Refill,” she happened to sound better singing it live than the actual track.
Now on to the actual BET Awards show…my analysis grade for Samuel L. Jackson as the host would be a B+. I loved the SLJ and Spike Lee skit, their hilarious cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N****s In Paris,” that ended Spike in a skirt. I think that should have been the way to open the show besides Kanye West’s GOOD Music artists Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz. Maybe it would have been better for just Kanye to perform. West has held the title for many absurd things but you can’t deny that he is a phenomenal performer. The miss of the night was the repetitive obscenities that ‘slipped’ during some of the performances, which was a very big turn-off.
Jay-Z and West happened to be the big winners of the night, taking home the awards for Best Group and Video of the Year. A classic moment as they accepted the award from Video of the Year was when Jay gave Kanye a little taste of his own medicine and interrupted Kanye’s speech, which Kanye had done to Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Awards a couple years ago.
Going head to head with her husband in the Video of the Year category and lost, BeYonce took home the award for Best Female R&B Artist and Video Director of the Year. She also elegantly quipped the jab made about Lauryn Hill’s tax problems from Mindless Behavior, who presented the award alongside “Sparkle” actor and comedian Mike Epps. Chris Brown won two awards for Best Male R&B Artist and Entertainer of the Year. Yolanda Adams took home the award for Best Gospel Artist. Her speech was to all artists to use their talents responsibly because they were being watched. Her performance alongside with Sunday Best’s contestants Amber Bullock, Y’anna Crowley, and Jessica Reedy took me to church.
There were many highlights and performances of the night—the Frankie Beverly & Maze performance, Melanie Fiona, and the long and anticipated return of D’Angelo. Aside from his physical appearance, D’Angelo’s voice and music is still bumping. Still anticipating his comeback album and his physique. Can you think “Untitled” video without thinking of D’Angelo’s sculpted toned abs? No. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see that again.
Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and her performance was the best I’ve ever seen from her, along with her fashion style. But my highlight of the night and tearjerker was the tribute to the late Whitney Houston who passed away this past February. Mariah Carey, Monica, Brandy, and the beloved Cissy Houston. Cissy had tremendous strength and courage. And because of that, the 2012 BET Awards was a definite HIT!

 

A full list of winners:

Centric Award: Common
Youngstars Award: Diggy
Best Actress: Viola Davis for The Help
Best Actor: Kevin Hart for “Think Like A Man”
Best Movie: The Help
Best Group: Jay-Z and Kanye West for The Throne
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year: Kevin Durant
Best New Artist: Big Sean
Best Female R&B Artist: BeYonce
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Collaboration: Wale featuring Miguel for “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Best Gospel Artist: Yolanda Adams
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Humanitarian Award: Reverend Al. Sharpton
Video of the Year: Jay-Z and Kanye West for “Otis” featuring Otis Redding
Viewers’ Choice Award: Mindless Behavior
Video Director of the Year: BeYonce and Alan Ferguson
Best International Act UK: Sarkodie (Ghana) and Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best International Act Africa: Wretch 32

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Celebrities Who Started Dating After Years of Friendship: From Shawn and Camila to Kim and Kanye

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Written in the stars. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and more celebrities went from just friends to something more over the years. In fact, some of the strongest relationships in Hollywood began on platonic terms.

West and Kardashian did not start dating until 2012, but they first crossed paths nearly a decade earlier. “I met him I think in 2002 or 2003,” the KKW Beauty founder said during the Keeping Up With the Kardashians 10th anniversary special in 2017. “He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend. I vividly remember hanging out with him, and then they did a video together, so I’d see him a few times. He was asking his friends: ‘Who is this Kim Kardajan?’ He didn’t know what my name was.”

The rapper quickly became acquainted with the reality star, leading to a long friendship that saw Kardashian wed to another man. She and Kris Humphries tied the knot in August 2011, but their short-lived marriage did not eliminate her bond with West.

“Right before I got married to Kris Humphries, [Kanye and I] were talking, and I just went a different direction,” she explained. “I think I had to go through that to figure out what I wanted. After my breakup, I was feeling really low and down and he said, ‘Just come to Paris and see my fashion show.’ He jokes that he put on this whole fashion show just to get a date with me. So I went there and I stayed with him, and that’s where we started dating. I swear from the moment I landed, I fell madly in love with him and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, why didn’t I do this sooner?’ Like, this is what real life is like — love and fun and real support.”

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher also had an aha moment years after starring on That ‘70s Show together. The Ranch star and the Bad Moms actress became friends with benefits … until she called it off. “I walked up to him and I was like, ‘You know what? I actually care about you, and I don’t wanna mess anything up, so I’m just going to walk away before it becomes too much,’” she recalled in a 2018 interview with the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast. “And he was like, ‘Got it.’”

However, their feelings for each other won out: “The next day he showed up to my house, and he was like, ‘Move in with me.’”

Scroll to see more celebrity couples who were friends first.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

The musicians went on tour with Austin Mahone in 2014, at which time they struck up a friendship. They collaborated on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” the following year. It was not until they teamed up again for “Señorita” in 2019 that Cabello and Mendes became more than pals. The duo were first linked in July 2019, with Us Weekly confirming at the time that they were an item.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

Kunis received her first kiss from Kutcher when the pair starred on That ‘70s Show together from 1998 to 2006. The former costars became friends with benefits in 2012 following his divorce from Demi Moore, and things quickly turned serious. They married in July 2015 and welcomed daughter Wyatt in October 2014 and son Dimitri in November 2016.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

The Grammy winner and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star met in the early 2000s but did not begin dating until 2012. The longtime friends, who now share daughter North, son Saint, daughter Chicago and son Psalm, wed in May 2014.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber

Hailey’s father, Stephen Baldwin, introduced her to the Grammy winner in 2009. The model and Justin dated from 2015 to 2016 before ending things. Us broke the news of their reconciliation in June 2018. They wed in September 2018 and held a second ceremony one year later.

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13 Sexy Stars Rocking Cutout Swimsuits: Hailey Baldwin, Sofia Richie & More

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Cutout swimsuits may not be the best for tan lines, but they sure do make for a sexy beach or pool look. From Kourtney Kardashian to her little sis, Kylie Jenner — these stars and more know-how to model sizzling cutout swimsuits!

There’s nothing hotter than flaunting some skin in a sexy cutout swimsuit and plenty of stars are fans of the look. From sultry slits in two-piece swimsuits or caged cutouts in amazing one-piece suits, your favorite stars are loving this trend! Take a look through our attached gallery for the best cutout swimsuits on Hollywood’s hottest stars!

The Kardashian-Jenner sisters, in particular, can’t get enough of flaunting their famous curves in bathing suits that allow them to show off their hard-earned bodies. Kourtney Kardashian, 40, is a lover of the fabulous look, wearing black one-pieces with intriguing side cut-outs to flaunt her toned torso while not having to put on a bikini. She once wore a peek-a-boo gold number that featured a bandeau top and bikini bottoms, linked together with a strip of fabric up her torso. What a hot mama!

Kylie Jenner, 21, has taken a cue from her older sisters in both one-pieces and bikinis. She’s rocked a white tank swimsuit with tons of side-slits to give it a much racier look. The lip kit mogul knows how incredible her curves are and makes the most of her body even in cut-out bikinis, with slits on the sides of her bottoms and strappy tops that up to the va-va-voom factor.

Singers know how to get the most of the sexy swimwear. Selena Gomez, 27, has been known to be a fan of cut-out swimsuits, wearing a black one-piece with a strip of fabric up her torso and nude panels up to the sides while on vacay in Mexico several years ago. Ciara, 33, rocked a gorgeous yellow one-piece with a giant cutout panel to flash her flat abs while taking in some pool time in 2015. Even superstar Beyonce, 37, is a fan of the look. When she famously went vegan in 2015, she showed off the results in a black one-piece with colorful patterns and two massive side cut-outs to show off her super trim waist.

Emily Ratajkowski, 28, wore a black bathing suit with a cut-out halter top while vacationing in Italy in 2015. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, 47, rocked an a-maz-ing black and white Agent Provocateur number while getting some sun in Miami. It featured a bikini-like top then crisscrossed with fabric down her tummy.

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FASHION DESIGNER MARY QUANT TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Dame Mary Quant is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fashion Awards later this year.

The English fashion designer is credited as being one of the masterminds behind the creations of the miniskirt, a style synonymous with the swinging Sixties.

Earlier this year, an exhibition exploring the 89-year-old’s influential career opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum, taking visitors on a journey from the mid-1950s up until the mid-1970s.

The retrospective demonstrates how Quant brought bursts of color back to a post-war London, encouraging women to experiment with their approach to fashion.

The World Fashion Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 18 September at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Quant will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for a British designer at the prestigious event, an accolade which she described as an “honor”.

“It is such an honor to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards,” the dame said.

“It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people.”

Quant is among a plethora of esteemed fashion designers whose work will be honored at the awards ceremony.

Donatella Versace is also receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony, chief creative officer of Versace.

Fellow British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Award.

In February, Westwood staged a protest during London Fashion Week, having activist deliver speeches about climate change, Brexit and capitalism.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the World Fashion Awards include Victoria Beckham, Elie Saab and Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy who designed the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress.

 

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