1st July, 2010
“They didnâ€™t win but they did us proudâ€ screamed one comment among a trailer of others passed on last Sundayâ€™s failure ofÂ Nigeriaâ€™s superstars, M.I and P-Square to pick any award at the 2010 BET Awards held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States.
African music fans were ecstatic when they learnt that some of their top stars had been nominated for the BET Awards with M.I and P-Square flying the flag for the Nigerian music industry. But at the big night event, the Best International Act award eventually went to UKâ€™s Dizzee Rascal, who, coincidentally, is of Nigerian origin.
Other winners include John Legend, Trey Songz, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Moâ€™Nique, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Idris Elba, Keke Palmer and Rihanna.
However, Peter and Paul Okoye of P-Square and M.Iâ€™s trip from Lagos, Nigeria to the US was eventful. M.I stopped by in New York, where he met with the press and appeared on BETâ€™s 106 and Park, while P-Square held a press conference where they discussed their BET nomination and their US tour which is kicking off this week.
Then, it was off to Los Angeles and the Nigerian superstar-nominees thoroughly enjoyed their BET experience.
There was a party held in their honour by BET and Anabel Mobile. Guests at the event included Anabel brand ambassador, Meagan Good and talk show host, Wendy Williams, alongside other celebrities.
In addition, they participated in other BET social activities and got to meet many of the top Hip Hop acts including Drake.
All the same, it was all fun and good night for Black Entertainment. Chris Brown gave an impressive Michael Jackson tribute, while Preggie Alicia Keys gave her last televised appearance for a while till she gives birth. Kanye West returned with a riveting solo performance, marking the first time the rapper/producer has performed in public since he interrupted Taylor Swift last year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
More performances by El DeBarge, a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass by Tyresse and the ladies waved their thong at him as he did the tribute to Teddy Pendergrass, J. Coleâ€™s performance, gospel singers including Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell and Yolanda Adams, singing for Haiti and there was also a tribute to Prince.
The 2010 BET awards was hosted by Queen Latifah.