2011 BET Awards

Posted on June 27, 2011

Darlings, it was the 2011 BET Awards held (judging by the light) in the middle of a desert at high noon. Seriously, all these ladies look like they’re blinded. And some of them look like their blindness retroactively extended back to when they chose their outfits. OH NO WE DIDN’T!

Hit it, sisters!

Alicia Keys in Dolce & Gabbana

Love the shoes, but the rest of it is pure office manager. You’re Alicia Keys in Dolce & Gabbana, for crying out loud. Step it up.

 

Ashanti in Jean Fares Couture

Interesting treatment at the shoulder and neckline, but the rest of the dress is too shiny and bridesmaidy.

CeCe Peniston

Jesus, Mary, and Oprah, we’re stunned into silence. We draw the line at lace bell-bottoms. Actually, we drew the line several miles above it.

Diamond

A very pretty dress ruined by very hooker shoes.

Dondria Nicole Fields

If she didn’t have that magenta hair, we’re not so sure this would have worked with her coloring. It’s an interesting dress, but it’s a shame the shoes are so dull.

Elise Neal in BCBG Max Azria

Pretty, but more of a pool party look than a red (or green) carpet one.

[learn_more caption="Click for more red carpet looks"] Estelle

Poor Estelle. Here she is in a pretty dress and she’s melting into a puddle right before our eyes. Either that, or she’s wearing a dress that should have been hemmed for her.

Eve

Yow. All credit to her for bringing the fierceness, but it’s kind of a tacky fierceness. Eve, you are so much more fabulous than this. And your shoes look like they were made out of tissue boxes.

Joyful Drake

Simple, but a woman of color can’t go wrong with a basic white gown. If this had been styled wrong, it could have gone bridal, but she did it just right.

Keke Palmer in Mandalay

The shoes are a little Payless (seriously, girls: what’s with the shoes?), but the dress is fabulous.

Kelly Rowland in Notte by Marchesa

Gorgeous. Stunning color on her. And the shoes are pretty killa.

Keri Hilson in Tibi

We adore her because she switches up her look every time she goes out, but we’re afraid “T.G.I. Fridays hostess in 1989″ is our least favorite so far.

Kerry Washington in Michael Kors

Great color on her, but she seems to be swimming in the dress and the shoes, while fabulous, wouldn’t have been our first choice.

Kyla Pratt

Oh, sweetie. We just want to give you a hug. And then we want to shake you and yell at you to snap out of it. We were going to write a dissertation about dressing for larger girls until we realized she’s not a larger girl. She just looks like one in this big, blousey, silly putty-colored bedsheet. What’s with the sad sash? And who laced your shoes, honey? Because they clearly hate you.

Lola Monroe

Crazy, but kind of fab. We would have toned down the shoes, though.

Michelle Epps

Sweetie, invest in a full-length mirror. And a bitchy queen to tell you what the mirror won’t.

Michelle Williams in BCBG Max Azria

The more we look at the dress, the more we really like it for being interesting and looking effortless. The robot shoes, on the other hand, have GOT to go.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki, are you depressed? Because this outfit is the least cracktastic thing we’ve seen from you in … well, ever. And that’s saying something considering you look like you fit right in with those inexplicable mushrooms behind you.

Porcelain Black

The only way this dress works is if the wearer has his penis duct-taped to his taint and RuPaul is at the end of the runway making bitchy comments.

Porscha Coleman

Horizontal bands of lace, broken up by illusion netting, with a tight, floor length, multi-tiered skirt. That’s … something, all right. The designer should be standing forlornly in a spotlight next to her while Heidi says “I’m sorry, but that means you’re out,” and  Michael and Nina hide behind their scorecards, trying desperately not to laugh.

Teairra Mari

We hate lace – especially colored lace – and we hate rompers, but somehow we don’t really hate this as much as we should. Don’t get us wrong; we hate it, but we find ourselves what-iffing it. What if that was a skirt? What if she kept the color -which looks great on her – but lost the lace? What if she wore a bra? We’re spending too much time on it, but we’re not dismissing it outright. There’s a germ of a good idea here, but unfortunately, it’s not coupled with good taste.

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[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • Anonymous

      Lace bell bottoms WITH granny panties no less!!!!!!!  Wow, its truly rare that there is a total misfire like this, but every single one of these women looks bad, and it ain’t jus’ the lighting honey.  Badly chosen, ill fitting clothes, bad accessorizing and some mighty questionable hair going on there. Alicia honey, did you run out of time?

    • Judy_J

      From Zero to sixty on the bitchiness factor, and I love it!  You guys really know how to brighten up a dreary Monday morning!

    • Anonymous

      Kelly Roland and Diamond are my favorites.
      Followed by  Nicki Minaj and Dondria Nicole Fields who choose the perfect dresses to be photographed standing on hyper green Astroturf in front of giant cartoon mushrooms. Well done girls!

      Porcelain Black??!! Ignore the man behind the curtain…

    • Anonymous

      I’m officially an old fogie because I don’t know who half these people are.  Great commentary as always.

      • Anonymous

        Ms Kitty, The only one I’ve heard of is Alicia so I’m doing worse than you, even.  Just read Nora Ephron’s new book in which she talks about not knowing who anyone in People magazine is and NOT CARING. We can still enjoy looking at the clothing and styling, right? Just not how it jibes with that person’s persona/career. Which I mostly don’t care about although I know TLo like to talk about that.

      • Genevieve LeFluer

        I’m 23, WATCHED THE AWARDS and still have no idea who most of those people are.

    • Andreas Stahl

      Diamond: Also NO to the two-tone hair.
      Elise Neal: Looks like she wrapped herself in two discount table runners from a souvenir shop in Hanoi.
      Eve: Again with the hair: that braid looks like it can attack people autonomously
      Keke Palmer: That dress is so many kinds of NO. It looks like it’s made out of the kind of reflective material you put in your car windows so it doesn’t heat up too much.
      Nicki Minaj: Her outfits make smile every single time, even when it’s kind of half-assed like now. Still more interesting than 80% of the other outfits.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Does it bug anyone that all these African American women are light-skinned and have straightened hair? It’s a bad message regarding standards of beauty and self-acceptance.

      • Anonymous

        Part of it has to do with the lighting; I’ve always thought of Kelly and Estelle of a darker shade. It IS jarring to see every. Single. Woman. With straightened hair (opposite natural beauts like Corinne Bailey Rae, Solange Knowles, Shingai Shoniwa, Jonelle Monae, etc.), but it IS the BET awards, which kinda reminds me of the awards the Soap Opera actors go to–you’re bound to see a bunch of glossed and varnished up (tacky..can I say tacky? Yes. Tacky) versions of real people, including themselves..

      • MilaXX

        Nah, there were plenty of brown and darker colored sisters there.

    • http://twitter.com/Naddy_Lite Ms. Nadege

      CECE REALLY?????

    • Anonymous

      Nicki  .. I am sorry but immediately I though Sir-Mix-a-Lot. . . . Now it is stuck in my head!

      Wow all the tacky.    And Porscha Coleman’s is the one that drew the PR comments on tacky :o)  .  I’d have said that those comments could have applied to almost the whole post. 

    • Anonymous

      CeCe’s outfit was my favorite fug! I watched both the pre-show and awards ceremony and saw an awful lot of tackiness. I hated the fact that there was no tent or coverage for the performers at the pre-show. It made it difficult and annoying to really catch all of the looks and judge them as they should’ve been judged.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand the dress code at this event. Gowns + crack + pants + easy casual dresses?

      The germ in Teairra Mari outfit is a yeast infection.

      • Anonymous

        LOL Deborah I bout spit up my cereal to that comment! Although I do kinda agree with TLO on her outfit..if it was just a shirt with a sexy pencil skirt I think it’d been killa though.

      • Rand Ortega

        CAN’T. STOP. LAUGHING!!!!

      • MilaXX

        You should have seen what the guys wore. Half of them in shorts, the other half just looking tore up.

        • Anonymous

          The men wore . . . shorts???????

          Is fashion now solely the province of basketball players?

          • MilaXX

            Worse, the shorts that sit halfway down their behinds. Drake looked like he stopped after cleaning out the garage.

            • Anonymous

              You made me laugh, but laughing, I weep.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNFWER3VPXZGG4B6QCJVIPYEDM AntonijaM

              Geee—I really thought that ass look was out years ago!  The boys need to move on from the big pants around their bums…

            • Anonymous

              Am I so old that I just don’t get it? (probably).  [Blatantly making a sweeping generalization], not so long ago, if there was one thing you could count on, like the sun rising in the east, it was that an African American man with a little bit of money would be Turned Out for a big event. The style might be traditional and conservative or adventurous and avant garde, or even sometimes silly, but there would be Style. And the shoes would be awesome.  And only the cream of the melanin-challenged men could compete.

              Sigh. No doubt I just don’t “get” today’s styles. I AM, officially, my mother. [Pause for dull horror.]

            • Anonymous

              Right there with you… I realized I had become my Mother after I started thinking 70% of the dudes in my neighborhood needed to PULL THEIR DAMN PANTS UP.

          • MilaXX

            I want to blame it on the hip hop generation, but I really have no idea why folks were looking like that.

    • Anonymous

      Holy dear mother of Michael, Latoya and Janet!!  WTF?!?!?!  The kleig lights?  The mushrooms? ASTROTURF?!?!  And then there is the dresses……  Kelly Rowland should have driven up, rolled down the window and said, “Oh HELL no!  I look too good for this shit.”  And left quickly….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5XNF3TY5NVEJ423DZ5XCB4PQDA DeysiaD

      Oh, my people…

    • Anonymous

      Jesus, they’re all walking on stilts, what is up with that?

    • Anonymous

      Awful, just awful shoes across the board. Minnie Mouse is the only one who can pull these off, and even she is pushing it. I kind of don’t mind the lace pants. I like when big women wear clothes most (white?) people think of as strictly for skinny girls. 

    • Anonymous

      Alicia Keys is unrecognizable. I liked it better when she resembled Alicia Keys.

      • MilaXX

        Alicia Keys has always been a fashion don’t.

        • Anonymous

          For me, it’s not even about fashion. It’s about how she’s been pushed, pulled, prodded, polished and plucked to become Generic Pretty Sexy Girl. I wonder –  has making her look less like herself made such a difference in her career? Or could she have remained Pretty Enough Real-Looking Human Being and been as successful as she is?

          • Rand Ortega

            Exactly. Remember when she had hips & wore braids? That’s when she was a knockout!

            • MilaXX

              UGH! I hated her half done braids. She always looked like she was trying to hard to be down. The only thing that has ever made Alicia passable for me is the fact that  her music is pretty good.

            • Rand Ortega

              Really? I thought they made her look real.

            • MilaXX

              That was the image she was going for that she was this round the way girl still rocking the braids. That was never who she was.

    • http://twitter.com/EBarkenbush Ellen Barkenbush

      I keep looking at Michelle Epps’ dress and thinking that if that wacky overskirt piece had been attached at a different point, it might – MIGHT – have looked pretty good. But all it does here is give her a big old muffin top. 

    • Anonymous

      BTW these pictures of Alicia Keys are Keri Hilson should be in psa’s saying:

      ANKLE-TAPERED HAREM PANTS:
      DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.

    • Rand Ortega

      Was this a costume party?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2FXYZIJCBOTXXYBFGMESVTCVWM bradybutkus

      I am confused by all I see.  Astroturf and magic mushrooms for an awards show red carpet?  Also was every one of these women told “Oh, honey we don’t have this in your size but you can definitely go with this smaller size!” And don’t even get me started on the shoes.  OY!

    • Anonymous

      Tha fuck!??  Why the Mushrooms?  Are they holding the BET awards in Super Mario World?

    • MilaXX

      I would just like to say to my fellow minions if you are not on twitter, award season is a reason to join because the BETawards commentary last night was pure comedy gold. I haven’t had a laugh out loud, tears in my eyes time like that in quite a while. Not only were the fashions crackstatics, Kevin Hart as the host was a perfect as an award show on BET get and some of the performances were unintentionally hilarious, including when they let a fan announce the fan favorite (or something like that). They had the bright idea to announce the winners off the tablet that was sponsoring the show, however the teleprompter said a completely different thing and then the one of the celeb presenters said yet another thing. Leaving the poor non celeb looking like this.  Then there was the spoof of the housewives franchise The Real Husbands of Hollywood.
      Last night was Kelly’s night. She looked gorgeous in that Marchesa and her Janet Jackson like performance was much better than Beyonce’s skyped performance.

      I had to google CeCe Peniston’s b-day to confirm, but yeah, she’s a little long in the tooth to be trying to get away with that outfit. A 20-something on a good day might be able to wear lace pants, but honey after 40 you just look like a daytime hooker.

      • Anonymous

        I am sorry that I didn’t check the twitter. I can only imagine how hilarious it would’ve been.

        • MilaXX

          I live on twitter every award show. It’s make them so much more entertaining.

      • Anonymous

        I am sorry that I didn’t check the twitter. I can only imagine how hilarious it would’ve been.

      • Anonymous

        MilaXX, thank you for posting the Real Husbands video. It’s a hoot. “He looked thirsty.”

        • MilaXX

          There are 2 more parts and I can’t find them. It was hysterical

        • MilaXX

          Okay here’s Part 2 and Part 3

      • Anonymous

        I’ve always liked Kelly’s voice, look and demeanor over Beyonce–I just figured Beyonce’s star shone brighter because she was lighter skinned and her mom managed the group (sad but probably true–media always wants the lighter skinned diva to shine). She just comes across more pleasantly, and classier too.

        • MilaXX

          Actually it was a family affair. Her father Mathew Knowles was her manager and mom Tina made the clothes. Hence the reason she thinks she’s a designer now. Nonetheless. Bey was always put front and center the goal was to make her a star no matter what.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      Anyone on this green carpet who was not a member of Destiny’s Child needs to be removed from the premises and sent to fashion re-education camp. 

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Regarding: Keke Palmer. TLO you’re FIRED! And CRAZY! CRAZY FIRED! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

      what? why are they on astroturf? with random mushrooms? did they did up the old alice in wonderland set or something?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

      what? why are they on astroturf? with random mushrooms? did they did up the old alice in wonderland set or something?

      • MilaXX

        It did look like a weird Alic in Wonderland theme and they never explained why.

    • Anonymous

      The harsh light and astroturf having me scratching my head. Even the few who dressed well don’t look very good. Worse, most of these gals look like they are models in a fashion show for hookers.

    • suzq

      So many unanswered questions…
         – Did Kerry Washington make it through the event without slashing her train with her needle-like stilettos?
         – Did they ever let Teairra Mari sit down and if they did, could she get back up?   
         – And who designed that carpet?  The Super Mario Brothers? 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I’m just old, but (too long or not) Estelle looks like an established celebrity at a Big Awards Night. Like it. Also like Lola Monroe’s ensemble a lot – it’s a little much but in a good and fun way (and I think the shoes carry the dress’ feel down to her feet so they are right even if they are a little much.)

      Also really liked Dondria Nicole Fields’ dress. You’re right, a spiffier color might have been better and it’s thisclose to being ruined by the droopy spot in the hem. But still, liked.

      Ms. Rowland and Ms. Joyful Drake are easy “likes.”  The rest range from o.k but no thrill to WHO are you listening to, girl?

      Teairra Mari : looks like she got the BET Awards confused with an intimate moment in a music video. Coulda happened to anyone, no? (One hopes her grandma wasn’t watching.)

      Kyla Pratt, I feel so sorry for. Big event and she either has no dress sense or listened to someone with no dress sense. I do hope they weren’t paid.

      • Anonymous

        I agree re: Lola’s ensemble. The shoes totally make the look. Her dress, despite the bright colors and crazy patterns, is very versatile. Depending on the shoes and accessories, it can go from simple to outrageously fun and over the top. I’m picturing it hemmed at the bottom of the knee and worn with a stiletto. I think it would be really fabulous. I’d wear it in a second if I still had the body for it.

        Also, I love Lola’s hair.

        I’m not usually a fan of dresses swathed in ruffles, but Kelly really pulls of that dress. She looks terrific here.

      • margaret meyers

        Lik TLo, I am confounded by Teairra Mari.  She looks really hot in that romper, and her happy confidence seals the deal.  But first you have to put all taste aside.

    • Anonymous

      It looks like Michelle Williams put on a little weight, thank goodness.

    • Anonymous

      Except for Cece Peniston, I actually think they all look kind of fabulous.  

    • Anonymous

       “There’s a germ of a good idea here, but unfortunately, it’s not coupled with good taste” – couldnt have said it better if my life depended on it!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

      I’m so amazed that Cece Peniston is still around that I can barely focus on the outfit. 
      Keke Palmer, though, is my least favorite.  She’s not close to being the worst dressed but she’s only 17 years old and she looks 40. I don’t know if it’s the hair, makeup or what but I wish she’d dress to look closer to her age.

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

      I could barely pay attention because of those f**king mushrooms. Who looks at that and goes “I’ve got an idea for an already tacky looking green carpet Ford-tastic runway! MUSHROOMS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON DRUGS JUST BY BEING PRESENT!”

    • Anonymous

      Lovelovelove Kelly Rowland’s shoes.  Kerry Washington’s feet look like they’re being tortured.  Seriously, who finds that “veins and bones bulging look” attractive?

    • Anonymous

      CeCe is a hot mess from head to toe, what is up with that hair?! Eve is indeed fierce, love her – a few tweaks and she would’ve been ok.

    • Anonymous

      I would’ve never recognized Eve.

      Kyla Pratt needs a new hairdo, something to mitigate the fivehead.

      No comment on Teairra’s matchy eyeshadow?

    • Anonymous

      I would’ve never recognized Eve.

      Kyla Pratt needs a new hairdo, something to mitigate the fivehead.

      No comment on Teairra’s matchy eyeshadow?

      • margaret meyers

        If it hadn’t said EVE under her I never would have guessed.But look, there’s a paw print, so it must be her.  Her skin looks perfect — not too dry, not too lubricated shiny. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

      Lace bell bottoms – definitely a crime against fashion.
      And Porcelain Black…well, TLo said it all!
      Thanks for brightening a Monday that has been too stressful in my part of the world, TLO!
      bitchybitchybitchy

    • Anonymous

      No NO CeCe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

      ahhh you guys never disappoint!<3 CeCe's getup looks like Christian's wrestling diva look from PR!

      • Lisa

        OMG, you’re right!  It does!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNFWER3VPXZGG4B6QCJVIPYEDM AntonijaM

      Yowza my eyes are burning!  What a bunch of fug.  I know it’s fun to be wacky and all, but some look like they came from their parties last night–rode hard and put away wet. 
      Only Kerry W, Kelly R and Michelle W look like they looked in a mirror before they left. They all three are beautiful.  The rest shoulda stood in bed.   Also–could the BET not afford a tent or canapy of some kind to keep these poor people outta the noon-day sun?  Cheapskates! 

    • Anonymous

      I hate that every woman has to have super-straight blown out hair these days. I’m a white woman, my hair has natural kink to it, and I miss the sexy tousled look. Salons for the past year and a half simply will not use diffusers on it anymore — it’s as though they’re verboten — and now use only products with Keratin, and blow out every single woman’s hair, every single time, whether they want it or not.  

      • Anonymous

        Ha! You need my stylist. She persists in trying to get me to WANT to look like an aging rock singer. You know what I mean, the poodle hair. Think recent Robert Plant. (Though my hair is shorter than his.) Think “oh! if we fluff it up enough, no one will notice it’s not as thick as it used to be.” (Lie, that.)

    • Shawn Hill

      Destiny’s Twins win over everyone else, and I like Michelle’s shoes. How did that Lola person steal Nicki’s dress?

    • Shawn Hill

      Destiny’s Twins win over everyone else, and I like Michelle’s shoes. How did that Lola person steal Nicki’s dress?

    • margaret meyers

      There are a lot strike outs here, and a few sings and misses, but what nitwit set this green carpet up?  Funky astroturf, stupid background and props, no framing to stand in front of or even just an awning to stand under. scorching sun pouring down on fancy ladies in evening dress.  There’s a real mess.

      • Lisa

        I know, right?  Who the hell decided to hold this event at High Noon?

    • aussiegal77

      “The only way this dress works is if the wearer has his penis duct-taped to his taint and RuPaul is at the end of the runway making bitchy comments.”

      With the exception of Kelly Rowland – all the other gals deserve the above comment.  Horrible, all.

    • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

      I kinda wish that Porcelain girl had gone all the way and had dyed her right eyebrow blonde too…

    • Anonymous

      What is with the MC Hammer pants?  If this is a fashion trend, someone (ahem… Boyz?) needs to nip it in the bud.

      Also, about the worst collection of shoes in a very long time. With the exception of Kelly Rowland’s.

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      You guys are hilar.

    • Lisa

      Nobody’s really doing it for me (except that Porcelain Black made me laugh, and your comments about her made me laugh HARDER) except Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.  But I love all the comments!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know who 80% of these people are but the BET Awards isn’t the place to look for good taste on the runway. This line-up looks like how my female cousins dress at our family reunion mixer.

    • Gwen Schott

      Wow … this red (green?) carpet makes the Daytime Emmys look like high fashion.

    • Anonymous

      Her dress is great, but when did Michelle Williams become Angelina-skinny?

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I love the lace bell bottoms for their sheer craziness. I think she looks sort of fabulous, in a drag queen kind of way. 

    • Anonymous

      Just say it out loud:  ‘Lace Bell Bottoms’.  Try not to laugh.  Bet you can’t do it.

      On the other hand, Alexis Mateo could’ve totally rocked them.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      Kelly Rowland wins this one. And I’m sad to say that it’s by a landslide. Into a sea of dreck.

    • Anonymous

      I feel that the crazy and tacky has been done so beautifully here that it has transcended itself. I thereby declare CeCe Peniston my total hero of this event. I think she looks fantastic. I’m gonna be her for Halloween.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

      Switching it up on us, I see, with the commentary on Teairra Mari! Honestly, I did not see that one coming. Is that a skirt or a closed part? It is too short for that to even matter!

      My number one: Kelly Rowland by far, from head to toe, hair to shoe. Keri Hilson and Kerry Washington were pretty good, too; not sure why you did not like them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

        And out of those dressed to some degree of normalcy (ask me NOT to rank Porcelain Black, Nicki Minaj, CeCe Peniston, Eve, and others, for it is not worth my time!), Kyla Pratt is probably the worst. Sad and unflattered from tip to tip.

    • http://www.facebook.com/blpeters2 Brandon Lee Peters

      I so thought lola monroe was manila!

    • Patricia Biswanger

      OK, I know I am out of it, but just who is Porcelain Black?