By Kenneth Kyrell
It was exactly 11:30 a.m. as I was sitting in the dreadful traffic of Los Angeles, en route to the Microsoft theater to check in, and claim my spot on this year’s BET Awards Platinum carpet on behalf of Bleu magazine. As expected things were a bit crazy as various media outlets were adjusting camera settings, reviewing the tip sheet and all while trying not to sweat, a task in which seemed to be almost impossible due to how hot it was. Time passed and 2 p.m. approached quicker than many of us had anticipated, and the Platinum carpet was officially opened. Celebrities slowly but surely begin to make their way down for photos, interviews, and of course Snapchat selfies. It almost seemed as though the Snapchat selfie was more important than any other social network last night on the carpet.
The BET Awards are known to have such a diverse crowd of musicians, actors, and influencers every year, so there was no surprise that the looks were just as diverse. From Beyonce’s dancers getting in formation all wearing natural hairstyles and neck turning threads to many of the men wearing monochromatic looks and keeping it simple, many looked good, but there were some that stood out amongst the crowd. Ya know, the guys that made my list for best dressed.
Jessie Williams – Not only did he give one of the most powerful speeches I’ve heard in a very long time as he accepted the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, he also gave a powerful all black look on the carpet. The all black suit with the contrasting white piping on the lapel and pockets was worthy of an award itself. The audience went crazy after his speech and starting chanting “Jessie for President”. Jessie certainly showed up and showed out last night!
Keith Powers – From playing Dr. Dre’s younger brother, Tyree Clayton in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to starring as Ronnie Devoe in the anticipated BET New Edition Biopic, Keith hit the carpet in a monochromatic silk red shirt, red trouser, gold accessories, and black boots. Keith’s look was a great mix of bold color and simple silhouettes that worked perfectly together.
Fonzworth Bentley – Known to hit the carpet giving a look worthy of talking about, Fonzworth did it once again this year. He was one of the more dressed up gents of the night wearing a printed jacket, white shirt, bowtie, purple tuxedo pants, and of course, a smoking slipper. The colors popped on the carpet and made you do a double take.
Jacob Latimore – Jacob kept it cool and simple in an all white look. He wore white jeans, black boots, and a white tuxedo shirt with just the right amount of details. Sometimes less is more and it’s more than just the garments. It’s about the attitude and confidence that one possess. Both of which, Jacob came with yesterday on the carpet.
This year’s BET Awards was one for the books. All of the performers did their thing, the acceptance speeches were spot on and let’s not forget about the amazing Prince celebration. Job well done BET. Next year we do it all over again!