Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Did You Check Out That Kiss?!

Observations from tonight's BET Awards, which seems to get better every year: Did you go slack-jawed like I did when, during their "DJ Play A Love Song" duet, Jamie Foxx and Fantasia engaged in such a big, sloppy open-mouthed kiss that it required Fantasia to wipe her face afterward?

It would have been embarrassing -- and Fantasia, who looked like she's packed on a few pounds acted as if it was -- if not for Foxx's ability to recover and not miss a beat.

That wasn't the only highlight. Beyonce and Jay-Z, hip hop's royal couple, opened the show with Beyonce's "Deja Vu," revealing the Dreamgirls star's new svelte figure. The hyper Chris Brown, 17, winner of the new artist award, did a back flip off the stage. Winner Mary J. Blige proved that she still rules as the queen of hip-hop when she rapped with Lloyd Banks, Missy Elliott, Papoose, Rah Digga, DMX (via video) and surprise guest Eminem on Busta Rhymes' "Touch It" remix.

But the show's biggest moment occurred in a musical tribute to lifetime achievement award winner Chaka Khan: she, Prince, Stevie Wonder, India.Aire and Yolanda Adams combined for a Khan medley. Gospel artist Adams proved that she could put a hurting on secular music by belting out an powerful rendition of "I'm Every Women.," And with Stevie Wonder and Prince providing the musical accompaniment, it proved once again the old school is indeed the best school.


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