Charlie Wilson received a lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, along with a tribute from several other performers:
The Gap Band singer and hip-hop producer’s best friend, dubbed “Uncle Charlie” years ago by Snoop Dogg, wasn’t content to just accept his lifetime achievement award. After dancing through a tribute from Stevie Wonder, Indie.Arie and Jamie Foxx and giving a long, inspiring speech, Timberlake persuaded Wilson to grab a mic. Wearing a fantastically bold red jacket and white pants, the 60-year-old took command of the show, performing a number of hits with assistance from Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, including “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” We’re not going to say Uncle Charlie showed up that group of modern-day superstars, but there is video on the Internet this morning. Make your own decision.
Kendrick Lamar won three awards. He was named best new artist and best male hip-hop artist, and he was part of the winning collaboration, “Problems.” Miguel, who performed “How Many Drinks” with Lamar, was also decorated:
Don Cheadle presented Miguel with the evening’s first award — best male R&B pop artist — and dedicated the night to the ailing Nelson Mandela, saying: “We want to take a moment and send our prayers and thoughts to a man who literally changed the world. . . . We would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family.”
Veronica Toney writes that the show was not less enjoyable for being somewhat predictable:
The theme of the BET Awards 2013 was “Anything Can Happen.” Well, the anything turned out to be pretty tame. Host Chris Tucker told jokes. Chris Brown won the fan favorite award for the fourth year in a row. Ciara had a “Body Party.” Miguel kept his feet planted firmly on the stage. Even Nicki Minaj traded in her rainbow colored locks for a straight blonde bob.
What the show lacked in Twitter fodder it made up for in heartfelt tributes, entertaining performances, and many shameless plugs for upcoming movies.
See photos from the ceremony below.