Kanye West opened the BET Awards 2010 with an explosive performance of his hit single, “Power”. Kanye West stood atop a fake volcano, in a lava-red suit, and belted out the lyrics in time with the steam bursts and lighting effects. All the while, breath-taking scenic backgrounds filled the BET Awards 2010 screens behind him, morphing from mountains to snowfall as West closed his performance.
BET Awards 2010 host, Queen Latifah, took the stage next in a black, sparkling one-shouldered sheath dress and her hair in a glamorous updo. Moments later, however, back-up dancers appeared and ripped the glittering gown from her body, leaving Latifah in hot pants and a tight black top. She slid on a cool jacket and shades, and broke into her own powerful BET Awards 2010 freestyle of “Forever” by Eminem.
BET Awards 2010 Performances By Drake, Eminem, Alicia Keys, B.o.B and More
Usher took the stage next, dressed all in white and making the crowd go wild. After some BET Awards were announced, T.I. and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker performed “Yeah Ya Know” in front of flaming pyrotechnic effects.
Next, Alicia Keys switched between sweet and soulful as she performed an up-tempo medley of “No One” and “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” which slowed into “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Unthinkable”. The five-months pregnant singer and pianist wore a tiny, purple mini-dress that highlighted her new curves and baby bump. Her hot pink stilettos completed the look.
Keisha Cole and B.o.B. then took the Shrine Auditorium stage to perform their hit collaboration, “Airplanes”. Keisha Cole wore a tight, red multi-layered skirt with a high-collared black sleeveless top and impossibly-high heels as she hit all the right notes.
Eminem wowed the BET Awards 2010 crowd next, appearing on a stage behind Keisha Cole and B.o.B. and starting his own oxygen-depriving rap contribution to the act. Eminem then launched into an emotional performance of “Not Afraid”, which ended with a choir’s accompaniment and a standing ovation from the crowd.
Monica was up next with “Everything To Me”, and Diddy-Dirty Money followed with a gaggle of hot stage dancers in a fog-filled version of “Hello, Good Morning”. Keri Hilson then appeared on the BET Awards stage, in a black latex bodysuit and flame-orange hair, followed by a showy flash of strobe lighting which closed the set.
2010 BET Awards Honors Michael Jackson and Prince With Tribute Performances
The next 2010 BET Awards performance was a heartfelt dance retrospective which honored Michael Jackson and even touched on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It began with a shadow dance by Chris Brown behind a screen, and turned into a unique, artistic performance by a group of dancers. The dancers’ bodies had the appearance of merely being bright white lines sketched on a black background, and the result was nothing short of impressive.
The BET Awards 2010 Michael Jackson dance tribute was full of perfectly-timed groin grabs, some moonwalk action and plenty of dramatic stage lighting. Next, shots of the BP Gulf oil spill appeared on a large screen before an emotional rendition of “Man In The Mirror” made Chris Brown cry.
Winner of the 2010 BET Award for Best Hip-hop artist, Drake, went on next, performing “Fireworks” and “Over” for the 2010 BET Awards crowd. Rapper Young Jeezy then joined Drake in a collaborative “Lose My Mind”. Later, the winner of the 2010 Best Male R&B Artist BET award, Trey Songz, performed a very heartfelt act, though he fell flat on some of the high notes the excitment of the night led him to believe he could achieve.
A tribute to the 2010 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Prince, was kicked off by a video montage of the music legend narrated by Stevie Wonder. Later, piano’s pop princess Alicia Keys performed an encore, taking the stage again almost three hours into the 2010 BET Awards show to perform Prince’s “Adore”.
Alicia Keys ended her Prince tribute performance by writhing on top of the piano she had been playing, now wearing yet another tight, strapless outfit that showed her bitty baby bump. Patti La Belle then sang “Purple Rain” as Prince looked on spell-bound from his seat, and the audience cheered enthusiastically.