Has the world finally forgotten about Chris Brown and his incident with a certain ex-girlfriend? Probably not but it seems we are willing to forgive as the superstar leads all artists in nominations at the 2011 BET Awards, airing on Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 8 p.m. on BET.
Brown leads the show with six nominations, ahead of artists such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. I’m going to take a look at the six categories that features the controversial singer and give my forecast for the results. Winners highlighted in bold.
Best Male R&B Artist:
Chris Brown, Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz, Usher
MJ – First off, this is the BET Awards. This automatically disqualifies Cee Lo and Bruno Mars. This is going to be the awards show that helps establish Chris Brown again as a major R&B artist. Whether you like him or not, he’s set up for success with this award. His only real competition here is Trey & Usher. Trey has spent a good amount of his 2011 touring whereas Usher has been dealing with his other big money ventures(Justin Bieber) along with a performance here and there. Chris Brown takes this award and yes, he cries.
B.o.B/Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown/Lil Wayne/Busta Rhymes – “Look at me Now”
Chris Brown/Tyga/Kevin McCall – “Deuces”
Waka Flocka Flame/Roscoe Dash/Wale – “No Hands”
Rihanna/Drake – “What’s My Name”
Kanye West/Rihanna – “All of the Lights”
MJ: STIFF competition here. B.o.B. and Waka Flocka are the automatic “not a chance” nominees here. The Rihanna/Drake and Kanye/Rihanna are strong choices for a win here, and if “Look at me Now” didn’t exist, I’d probably go straight for Kanye/RiRi. In my opinion, “Deuces” could have been the better song if not for a very mediocre appearance from Young Money random Tyga. Brown, Wayne and Bussa Bussa go home happy with this one.
Video of the Year:
Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away”
Chris Brown – “Look At Me Now”
Keri Hilson – “Pretty Girl Rock”
Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair”
Kanye West – “Runaway”
MJ: Sorry BET, Will Smith probably won’t be attending but it was a good try with the nomination for Willow and all. B.o.B. and Marsha Ambrosius are just there to beef up the category. If the category was “Video of the Year” according to Mos Jones, Keri Hilson would have won this category. But “Runaway” is going to take the cake here.
Laz Alonso, Chris Brown, Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx
MJ: Okay, what is Jamie Foxx going to win for? Voice-over work in “Rio?” There are really only three choices here because if Chris Brown wins then the network might be set back 10 years. And this is coming from someone who enjoyed Brown’s performance in “Takers” and hated T.I.’s. Even though I find Cheadle to be the superior actor above all, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he will not win and Idris Elba wins his fourth BET award. Special shout-out to Laz Alonso though.
“Death at a Funeral,” “For Colored Girls,” “Takers,” “The Book of Eli,” “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too?”
MJ: This category just seems like a win for Tyler Perry. Why? Because he’s a double nominee! The best actual movie out of the bunch is “The Book of Eli” but at this awards show it stands no chance. Although “For Colored Girls” was pretty much critically panned due to the writing, the acting performances from Loretta Devine and Anika Noni Rose are enough to win this award.
Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Nominees:
Chris Brown/Lil Wayne/Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
Lil Wayne/Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Mindless Behavior – “My Girl”
Nicki Minaj/Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
Rihanna/Drake – “What’s My Name”
Trey Songz/Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”
MJ: Automatic “not a chance” songs here are Mindless Behavior and the ear-jerking Trey Songz/Nicki Minaj collaboration. My favorite song on the list is “What’s My Name,” 100 percent due to Rihanna’s vocals that help save the song from the mediocre verse Drake provides(The square root of 69 is 8-something, cuz ive been trying to work it out oooowwwwww……really? You’re better than that Drake!). Although it may be my favorite, it definitely will not take the cake in a category featuring Lil Wayne. Even though I want to say “6’7,” the hot collaboration between three of hip-hop’s finest will take this award.
That leaves three awards for Chris Breezy, which is very good and something he should be very proud of. Maybe this is another step on the “Free Breezy” campaign that some people seem to be riding.
Before I go, let me mention this: Could BET have made it any easier for Nicki Minaj to win an award? Best Female Hip-Hop Artist features Minaj nominated along with….wait for it…Diamond(credible, I guess), Cymphonique(ummm….), and Lola Monroe(what…). Noticeably absent is Slip-N-Slide queen and one of the most consistent female rappers in the game, Trina.
The Diamond Princess didn’t take too kindly to this as she responded with a tweet that I won’t repeat. But lets see, Trina released an album last year that charted at #13 on the U.S. Billboards and #2 on the Top Rap Albums section of the U.S. Billboards. She also released a mixtape in March. Now what exactly has Lola Monroe, Cymphonique and even Diamond released? I rest my case.