We’re Steppin’ Out: 2013 BET Awards

I would like to start by giving Black Entertainment Television a huge round of applause for this year’s BET Awards. They were probably the best I’ve seen in recent years, and went off relatively without a hitch. The theme for the show was “Anything Can Happen,” which you would think meant Lil’ Wayne & Co. would be gallivanting across the stage with their jeans around their ankles while Miley Cyrus and her Twerk Team did naked aerial yoga to Iggy Azalea’s “Work”. But thankfully, none of that happened, and the BET family was able to keep it classy for an evening. For the most part. Here are my picks for best and worst dressed this year.

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When it came to the red carpet at this year’s BET Awards, many stars proved that age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan shined in glittering gold minidresses that put their younger counterparts to shame. And Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Tatyana Ali looked equally glowing in sexy black, red and white gowns. Minors Gabby Douglas and Quvenzhane Wallis each looked gorgeous (and still relatively age appropriate), while J. Cole, Jay Ellis, Miguel and Jamie Foxx held it down for the fellas. Janelle Monae was a vision in all-white, and Jordin Sparks’ mixed print mini complemented her skin tone and her figure. Tens, tens across the board!

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My picks for worst dressed made many mistakes this evening. Skye Townsend and Ciara both thought that a black sports bra and tube skirt would be cute for the red carpet. Trinidad James showed up and showed out. French Montana came dressed as a Mortal Kombat character, and India Arie looked like she was headed to Wimbledon. Kat Graham seems to have fished her outfit from Goodwill’s Dollar Bin, and apparently so did Ciara (the second time). Angela Simmons, Mariah Carey and 2 Chainz were doing the most in all the wrong places, while Paula Patton’s dress wasn’t doing enough. K. Michelle borrowed the Pepto-Bismol pink color from India Arie, Terrance Howard borrowed his hat from the set of Fat Albert, and Meagan Good borrowed her dress from her pre-First Lady days.

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Lastly, my honorable mentions go to those whose fashion choices I can’t quite place. I appreciate Eve’s comeback and her sexy salmon number, but I’m not in love with the gaudy jewelry. Chris Tucker did a wonderful job hosting, and his suit was nice enough. Nicki Minaj chose not to go overboard with her attire, which was a welcomed change. Fellow R&B rising stars Melanie Fiona and Elle Varner did good, not great, with  colorblocking.  And there was a part of me saying, “Man, Stevie Wonder is awesome,” and there was an equally loud part asking whose idea it was to hot-glue tiki masks to his chest.

All in all, the award show was not too shabby. I just hope BET can keep up the good work. Nobody’s got ratchet like they got it. (Let me know your thoughts on this year’s awards in the comments!)

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