Mainstream media is a-flutter about Sunday’s four-hour BET Awards show, which gets an encore at 4:30 p.m. today.
Forbes’ media writer noted the great surprise cameo of El DeBarge honoring George Michael with a cover of “Careless Whisper,” with Kamasi Washington on sax, not to mention Kendrick Lamar and Future performing a remix to “Mask Off.”
Host Leslie Jones kept things funny and above board, while a reunion medley performance by 1990s girl group Xscape, who sang their biggest hits including “Who Can I Run To?’” was notable, as was a special tribute to New Edition, which got a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Los Angeles Times said Tamar Braxton, R&B hitmaker Toni Braxton’s little sis, “tore the house down” with her performance of “My Man.”
Among CNN’s top moments: Kendrick Lamar taking the award for best male hip hop artist and acknowledging Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, who died last week, and DJ Khaled’s 8-month-old son, who apparently has nearly a million Instagram followers, onstage for his dad’s performance of “I’m the One,” alongside Quavo, Lil Wayne and Chance the Rapper.
Michelle Obama scored huge applause when she appeared in via video to praise Chance the Rapper, 24, who was honored for his humanitarian work — he gave $1 million to Chicago schools.
Remy Ma, winning best female hip hop artist, beat Nicki Minaj (who has won seven times), offered a little dig in her speech, saying, “That crown is coming back to the Bronx.”
Of course, new mom Beyonce (who wasn’t there) won five statuettes, including album of the year for “Lemonade” and best R&B/pop female artist, out of her leading seven nominations. Bruno Mars, coming in with five nominations, took home his first two BET Awards for best male R&B/pop artist and best video (for “24K Magic” tied with Beyoncé’s “Sorry”).
Topping things off, Chris Brown and Migos (which won for best group) got in a scuffle afterward, prompting commentary on social media. But, according to TMZ, things cooled down by the time authorities arrived.
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Actor Chandler Riggs is 18. … Actor Ed Westwick is 30. … Actor Sam Claflin is 31. … Actor Drake Bell is 31. … Reality star Khloe Kardashian is 33. … Actor Tobey Maguire is 42. … Writer-director J.J. Abrams is 51. … Singer Lorrie Morgan is 58. … Designer Vera Wang is 68. … Singer Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys is 75. … Politician Mike Honda is 76.
— Staff, wire reportsBET AwardsBeyoncéBruno MarsChance the RapperDJ Khaled’s sonKendrick LamarRemy MaTamar Braxton