Entries in BET (4)


BET's "Rip the Runway" Takes Flight in New York City

Aaron J./ YORK) -- BET's Rip the Runway is back for another season, showcasing the best in urban fashion. 

During filming in New York City Wednesday night, the show not only featured knock-out performances by Trinidad James, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Jaden Smith, but also designs from some of those same celebrities.

Boris Kodjoe co-hosted the event with Kelly Rowland and even got in on the fashion fun and performed double duty as a designer, creating custom menswear with his fashion line Alfa.  Still, Kodjoe loved showcasing the various fashions alongside his co-host.

The Real Husbands of Hollywood star told ABC News Radio, that Rowland is "a phenomenal person.  She's a sweetheart.  She has a great heart.  She's funny.  And she's a great artist so she's the full package."

Smith performed "MSFTS Anthem" while he showcased his line of urban wear of the same name.  He delivered a high-octane show, which featured a surprise guest -- spoiler alert -- his little sister Willow.

Before he took the stage, Smith told ABC News Radio he planned to "kill it...and give it all I got; perform my song; kick it with my models [and] be as misfitting as I possibly can."

BET's Rip the Runway, which also features performances by Maybach Music Group's Omarion, Luke James, Sevyn, and Watch the Duck, airs March 20 at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


2012 BET Awards: Kanye West and Jay-Z Among Biggest Winners

Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET(LOS ANGELES) -- BET held its annual awards show on Sunday night, and while the censors worked up a sweat trying to mute out the cursing -- to mixed results, as some aired anyway -- the marathon show saw multiple nominees Kanye West and Jay-Z, as well as Chris Brown and Jay's wife Beyonce, take home multiple awards.  There was also a moving tribute to Whitney Houston from her former peers and her mother Cissy.

The show opened with West and his G.O.O.D. partners Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz performing "Mercy," which led to West performing "Way Too Cold," featuring a rap tribute to current girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who like West was dressed all in white at the ceremony.

Some laughs included host Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee spoofing Jay-Z and West's "N***as in Paris," and Jay-Z interrupting West's acceptance speech for video of the year, spoofing West's drunken interruption of Taylor Swift's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards speech.

Mariah Carey got emotional introducing a musical tribute to her friend Whitney Houston -- a tribute that featured performers including Monica, Brandy, and Chaka Khan singing Houston's hits.  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Cissy Houston sang "Bridge over Troubled Waters" to honor her daughter.

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Here is a list of the main winners:

Video Of The Year -- "Otis" by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Best Group -- The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best New Artist -- Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist -- Chris Brown

Best Collaboration -- Wale (featuring Miguel)

Best Gospel -- Yolanda Adams

Best Female R&B Artist -- Beyonce

Best Female Hip Hop Artist -- Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award -- Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly)

BET Humanitarian Award -- Rev. Al Sharpton

Viewers’ Choice Award -- Mindless Behavior

Video Director Of The Year -- Beyonce & Alan Ferguson

Fandemonium Award -- Chris Brown

Best Actor -- Kevin Hart

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tia Mowry Hardrict Abruptly Leaves BET's 'The Game'

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Rumors hit the Internet Tuesday saying that actress Tia Mowry Hardrict was fired from BET's The Game, the very series she helped bring back to the small screen after it was canceled by the CW.

And although many are saying Mowry Hardrict's departure was due to a breakdown in salary negotiations, a rep for the 33-year-old actress stated in an email to ABC News Radio: "It was a mutual decision and not based on salary negotiations."

"[She's] just focusing on all of her new and up-and-coming project," the rep added.

In fact, Mowry Hardrict has a lot on her plate right now. Her new pregnancy guide, Oh, Baby!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another, just hit bookshelves on Monday. Also, her Style TV reality show with twin sister Tamera Mowry Housley, Tia & Tamera, premieres its second season on June 11.  In 2011, the show became Style TV's most-watched series premiere ever. Not to mention, Mowry Hardrict is starring in ABC Family's upcoming musical The Mistle-Tones alongside Tori Spelling.

Sources say co-star Pooch Hall, who plays her husband Derwin on The Game, won't return for season six as well.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Chris Brown Apologizes for 'GMA' Incident on BET

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- R&B singer Chris Brown publicly apologized Wednesday after storming backstage following an interview and performance Tuesday on Good Morning America -- but claimed he got angry because the interview went beyond "talking points" his camp submitted, something ABC News denied.

"First of all, I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, or anybody who was offended or really looked, and [was] disappointed at my actions," Brown said, according to a transcript of his live appearance on BET's 106 & Park. "Because I'm disappointed in the way I acted."

"Yes, I got very emotional," he later added. "And I apologize for acting like that."

Brown emphasized that he did not hurt anyone backstage at GMA but had to release "the anger that I had inside of me." He grew angry after, he claimed, he was thrown off balance by questions about his domestic abuse incident involving his ex-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, in an interview he believed would focus on his new album.

In a prepared statement, ABC News said, "Chris Brown was invited on Good Morning America to perform and to be interviewed. There were no talking points offered."

Brown told BET that he saw the interview differently.

"I felt like, 'OK, they told us this just so they can get us on the show so they can exploit me.' You know, that's what I thought," Brown told BET. "I kind of took it very, very hard. And I kept my composure throughout the interview, although you could see me upset, you know. I kept my composure and did my performances, and when I got back, I just let off, like, steam in the back."

Roberts earlier suggested Brown had agreed to talk about his past on Good Morning America Tuesday and was aware that questions would be asked about Rihanna.

"Any time we have a guest here on the program, we let them know ahead of time the subject matter, the topics that we're going to discuss and we, even right before the interview, I said that to Chris and I was shocked like everybody else was," Roberts said Wednesday on GMA.

Brown has been invited to return to GMA and is seriously considering the offer, according to Roberts.

"We wish him the absolute best and ... we've extended the invitation to him and I sure hope that he takes us up on it, because we'd love to have another chat with him," Roberts said Wednesday.

During Tuesday's interview, Roberts asked Brown about the status of the restraining order against him stemming from a felony assault case involving Rihanna. Roberts said that she thought Brown was joking when he tried to redirect the interview to discuss his new album, F.A.M.E.

A fuming Brown returned to his dressing room after the interview and performance of "Yeah 3x," the lead single off his new album. Then he came back down the hall, still backstage, and stopped upon seeing the person who produced the segment. Brown didn't have his shirt on. The show's hair and makeup staff said they called security because they heard loud noises coming from Brown's dressing room. At one point, a cooler was thrown and a window in the dressing room was broken. The thick glass was destroyed and strewn across the street below.

Roberts conducted one of the first interviews with Brown after his 2009 sentencing.

"We've had a wonderful relationship. I've spent time with him…at his home. He was very gracious and we had a very easy conversation," Roberts said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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