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BET Awards 2011: Red Carpet Hits, Misses & Who Got Dressed In The Dark

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Today marked the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA and there seems to be a shortage of red carpet hits while the misses keep coming. Where have all the stylists gone?

I love Rick Ross. I love tonight’s video premiere for DJ Khaled‘s “I’m On One. But Rick in a red and gold silk Versace jacket—the same one he then wore on stage with clashing red pants—was an ode to 1980s Miami housewives and drug dealers. It’s a look we could have done without.

Could Rick Ross and Ace Hood be any happier?

When the hell did men in this industry get a memo stating it was acceptable to go out in public without a shirt? Lloyd is adorable as he performs “Cupid” and I still love the hairdo, but the leather motorcycle jacket sans shirts just makes me think he’s sweaty…and sticky. And not in a good way. Wiz Khalifa has a ton of friends and fans—I’m sure someone in the Taylor Gang could have loaned him a t-shirt.

This isn’t the beach. Shirts are never optional.

The men seems to be committing a ton of fashion offenses this evening. Bobby V knows he has on a white D&G suit but can’t remember who designed his shoes. If Drake and Tyga are both in YMCMB, why didn’t they figure out before the show that they were dressed alike? Host for the evening Kevin Hart did OK in his red carpet look, a combination of John Varvatos, YSL and Sands.

Man, Weezy is super patriotic.

Ladies, I expected more. What is Rocsi wearing? The white lace paired with sheer panels made for the perfect ice skating dress. But the undone hair is no bueno for the red carpet. I’m torn over Laurieann Gibson‘s outfit. The sheer nude-colored top with the black bra and skirt definitely scream Lady Gaga. One thing is for sure: Laurieann has one hell of a body. Kelly Rowland in Marchesa actually looked like Kelly Rowland in Bebe—this dress might just be better in person. MC Lyte in a crisp white suit is perfection while Lala Vasquez owned her silver long-sleeved Tom Ford number, working every inch of those sequins. I normally have something snarky to say about Keri Hilson‘s style but tonight she’s perfection in black and purple Tibi with a Judith Leiber handbag—the fit, the hair, it all worked.

Cee-Lo is the perfect Patti Labelle.

BET tried to bring a cool, quirky, downtown influence to this year’s awards show by including Karmin, the musical outfit providing red carpet entertainment. Their indie versions of ”6 foot, 7 foot” and “Moment 4 Life” are outrageous and fantastic. BET is best at bringing back the oldies but goodies. Opening the show with vintage Mary J. Blige singing “Real Love” only to be followed by a seldom seen Anita Baker singing her classic “Caught Up In The Rapture”  almost made me pee my pants. Unfortunately, the style shenanigans crept their way into the rest of the live show. Here are just a few of the thoughts that went through my mind:

I’m so sick of people rapping about shoes.

What the fuck is Chris Brown wearing? A studded goon mask? Denim shorts?

Why is Lil Wayne dressed for the fourth of July? The picnics aren’t til next week. I kinda like his neon Chucks.

Gentlemen, keep your shirts on. (I mean you Trey Songz and Ace Hood.)

What’s Drake trying to say?

DJ Khaled is the best dressed man of the night. In each of his outfits he’s perfectly coiffed, the gear well-tailored to his shape in perfectly interesting colors. Best performance of the night is a tie between Chris Brown‘s and Beyoncé‘s (recorded at the Glastonbury Music Festival). The most awkward moment of the night occurred during the presentation of the Viewer’s Choice award. When the tablet and the teleprompter give presenter Tiffany Greens conflicting information, everyone is scrapping to figure out who actually gets the award: Rihanna, Chris Brown or Drake. Check out the video:

Don’t worry. Chris is just giving Kevin a love tap.

Now I need to know—what did you think of the show? Let me know while you enjoy the gallery below.

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