11 Things To Expect at Tonight’s 2017 BET Awards | @BETAwards #BETAwards Bradford J. Howard June 25, 2017 TV/Movies The 2017 BET Awards are upon us. We predict 11 things to expect on Black Entertainment Television’s biggest night. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages – it is the last Sunday of June, aka the Sunday before Essence Festival Weekend aka that one time every year when all of Black social media comes together. That’s right: The BET Awards are happening tonight. In just a few hours, the so-called #BlackTwitter will come together to begin raving and capping on artists’ red carpet choices, critique live performances, and more. Every BET Awards show is good for one or three memorable (or meme-able) moments, and tonight will definitely have those. Anything can happen. However, I’ve taken the liberty to make a few predictions about some of the things that might. Leslie Jones Will Actually Be a GOOD Host Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones is serving as the host of the 2017 BET Awards. And I’m not gonna lie to you – I’m worried about how well she’s going to do. Outside of a cool cameo in Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ movie, most of Leslie Jones’ resume is in white comedies. She was in ‘Ghostbusters,’ for example (and left hung out to dry by her fellow ‘SNL’ castmates when she was wildly disrespected by the internet). She’s also settled into being the go-to “angry” Black woman character on the NBC variety show – that is, when she isn’t showing her softer side with a white man. The BET Awards’ audience is going to require a lot more actual funny and a lot less interracial dating jokes. That said, Jones is an awesome comedienne. I’m expecting one or two hilariously awkward skits (“I love Black men”) with Jones that DON’T involve her embarrassing herself. Because she doesn’t have to do that in front of her own people. Tori Kelly is Going To Pop Up in The New Edition Tribute Performance Legendary R&B group New Edition will be honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, continuing a nice little “comeback” year for them that also saw their ‘The New Edition Story’ miniseries be a big win for BET. Of course, the actors from ‘Story’ will perform “If It Isn’t Love” onstage with their real-life counterparts and we all be dancing and singing along in our living rooms. But Tori “the voice” Kelly will somehow, SOMEWAY, be involved in the “Can You Stand the Rain” tribute. She’s going to do well because she has an amazing voice. I just wish Tori put out more actual music (she STILL owes us an mp3 of that “Who’s Lovin You” cover she did some years back). BET is Going to Cut Khalid Off and I’m Going to Be Sad About It Khalid, the Texas-hailing ‘American Teen,’ is slated to be one of the BET Music performers. AKA one of the people who viewers see a clip of performing with a live band before going right to commercial. Khalid’s album was actually one of the better R&B offerings of 2017 so far (radio, for example, has fallen in love with “Location” and its Kehlani-featured remix). At the BET Awards, Khalid is going to opt instead to do a live version of “Young Dumb & Broke” which will be AMAZING… and only last 40 seconds before going to a McDonald’s commercial. “Bad & Boujee” Will Win The Viewers’ Choice Award The Migos are going to have a good night. In addition to winning the Best Group Award, they’re going to upset “24K Magic” and “Black Beatles” (which never seems to get appreciated the way it ought to be, in spite of it getting more and more radio play) by taking the Viewers’ Choice Award for their ‘Culture’ single, “Bad & Boujee.” *sidenote: Keep watch for Quavo’s jewelry game on the red carpet, as I’m CERTAIN he’ll have something clever on the diamonds* Trey Songz Will Beat Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B Artist I know and YOU know that ’24K Magic’ is light years ahead of ‘Tremaine’ in terms of the quality of R&B album released last year. But BET’s audience – and the many, MANY fangirls within it – are much more well acquainted with Trey Songz than they are with Bruno. That’s why Bruno isn’t going to win Best Male R&B Artist even though he probably should. The one silver lining for Bruno? There’s absolutely no reason why “24K Magic’s” visuals – which were fun AF – shouldn’t win “Video of the Year.” SZA & Roman Gianarthur Will Blow Everyone Away SZA – whose ‘Ctrl’ album is STILL getting rotation over on this side – and Roman Gianarthur (of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records imprint) are going to be standouts tonight. Neither artist has ever really gotten the credit or respect they deserved, and the BET Awards will present an opportunity for both to get more listeners and new fans as well. Chance The Rapper Will Win Best New Artist (Even Though He’s Not New) You knew this already. What you should be asking yourself instead is, why haven’t you watched BET Best New Artist Consolation Prize winner Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” video yet? Denzel Washington Will Win Best Actor Because he IS, in fact, the best actor of all the people nominated. Furthermore, BET HAS to do the right thing since Denzel was very unfairly snubbed at the Oscars earlier this year for, of all people, Casey “what charges?” Affleck. ‘Lemonade’ Will Win Album of the Year Just as Denzel will be rewarded for being snubbed by the Oscars, so, too, will Beyonce be given the Album of the Year Award that she lost to Adele at the Grammys. It’s unfortunate she won’t be there to receive it (she does have two newborn babies to look after, after all) but who knows – Bey MIGHT accept the award via Skype and unveil the new Carter kids to the world for the first time on the BET Awards too. Jada Pinkett MIGHT Speak Out About the Tupac Movie Jada Pinkett-Smith will join the cast of ‘Girls Trip’ onstage when they plug their upcoming movie (and premiere an exclusive clip from the movie there also). In the midst of being mesmerized by Tiffany Haddish’s hoodrat laugh with the tongue out and plotting to make her my wife- oops, I mean, admiring how fine Jada and Regina Hall still look, Jada might address the ‘All Eyez On Me’ movie at the BET Awards. She already has on Twitter, but she may share her thoughts yet again live. Tiffany Haddish and Taraji P. Henson Are Going to Kill It On The Red Carpet Did I already mention how much I love Tiffany Haddish’s hoodrat laugh with the tongue out? I did. Oh. Well, anyway, Tiffany is going to be dressed like a woman who intends to ruin a man’s life that night and not call him back the following morning. I’m going to wish that man was me. On a more positive note, Taraji (COOKIE!) Henson is going to look simply breathtaking on the red carpet. Black Twitter, get those quote RTs with the photo ready. The 2017 BET Awards air tonight on BET (and VH1… and CMT… and Nickelodeon… and all other Viacom affiliates – white outrage come soon!) at 8 PM EST, with the red-carpet pre-show beginning at 7 PM EST. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.