My reaction to last night's BET Awards can be summed up in one word: disappointed.
No Chris Brown. No Usher. No 'Thriller.' No 'Billie Jean.' No 'Remember the Time.'
Perhaps it's my fault for having high expectations on what was one of the most anticipated television award shows in recent memory. Everyone tuned into the BET Awards to see this "star-studed" Michael Jackson tribute that had been hyped up since the news of his death.
I had my money on Chris Brown moonwalking in an electrifying performance of "Billie Jean." Unfortunately, that did not happen and C-Breezy was no where in sight at the annual awards show. And after watching host Jamie Foxx attempt to moonwalk across the stage, it was clear that Chris Brown's presence was MUCH needed last night.
We didn't even get the next best candidate, Usher, who was out of the country.
Instead of Brown and Usher, we were insulted and overdosed with Jackson-inspired performances from the triple-threat host Jamie Foxx and the hatless Ne-Yo.
In my opinion, "I'll Be There" should have been led by someone like Alicia Keys or Mariah Carey, who previously recorded a powerhouse version of the song. A-Keys/Carey could have had a whole group of singers on stage to support them. Each taking a few lines from the song. Artists like Beyonce, Ciara, the absent Mary J. Blige, Ginuwine, Trey Songz, Tyrese, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake -- whoever!
C'mon BET, where was Smokey Robinson? Or how about Stevie Wonder? I know y'all have both of these men on speed dial. Or even Michael's good friend, Diana Ross? James Ingram or El DeBarge would have also sufficed.
I will give BET credit for having Joe Jackson in the crowd, even though he didn't speak. That was left up to Janet Jackson, who made an emotional appearance to thank fans for their support.
Fifteen-year-old actress Keke Palmer [of Akeelah and the Bee] nearly stole the show singing "Who's Loving You" before introducing Jamie Foxx and T-Pain.