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BET Awards ’12 Behind The Scenes Wrap-Up by MrsGrapevine.com

So now I understand why the BET Awards is a BIG DEAL. The theme this year, BIG, was spot on. MrsGrapevine.com has been credentialed to cover the BET Awards or other BET events as media in the past, and often times I send a representative to do the work, and just watch from the comforts of my home, tweeting my most honest unfiltered opinions. Well, this year I decided that as the owner of this site, that if I get credentials, I’m going to work this event, and work it I did. I have to say it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life, and truly gave me a deeper respect for BET and all of the work that goes into pulling off an event this BIG. An event that honors the accomplishments of so many people of color. Working the BET Awards gave me a new found respect for celebrities, media, and the many faces that go unrecognized who help put this event together for our critical pleasure. I learned that it’s easy to sit at home and tweet jokes, or pick apart the things that go wrong. I discovered that it’s easier being critical when you don’t know all of the work involved under the hot summer sun. Most importantly, I learned that as bloggers we are sometimes so quick to judge that we forget to praise the things that are so right; the people that work so hard; and the time devoted to entertain and honor US so often.

I just have to especially thank Keesha Wallace, and she knows why. I will just say that I am grateful. She was very professional and did a GREAT job regulating and executing media logistics, which is probably the hardest job. Thanks! On that note, I just want to share some highlights from behind the scenes. 

BET is constantly evolving their programming with new projects that are positive, giving us more diversity within the network. BET is showcasing new talent in music via their music initiative entitled, Music Matters. Music Matters highlights the best talent in music through a series of exclusive live performances. This year, the BET Awards featured the vocals of Jennah Bell and Charles Perry. Elle Varner, who is also part of the Music Matters initiative, along with singer Luke James, walked the red carpet. They are both on on their paths to super stardom. Elle Varner performed Refill, during the pre-show live. Let’s just say, when Elle hit the red carpet she instantly became a media darling.

[Elle Varner]

More positive programming and new shows are in the works. Watch BET for the return of an old favorite in entertainment, with their new show, Apollo Live hosted by Tony Rock. Amateur night is back baby! We got a chance to interview Tony Rock in Malibu at his birthday party pool bash, and let’s just say he is EXCITED about this new show. And now, we are, too. We are also excited about Kevin Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood. According to BET the RHH is, “semi-scripted reality TV spoof of every fill-in-the-blank Wives franchise.” If you didn’t see the shorts last year at the BET Awards, you don’t know what you’re missing. STAY TUNED to BET in 2012 because there is so much more in store next season. They heard our cries for more diversity in programming, and now it’s up to us to support these new shows and spread the word. From original scripted programming to reality TV to news, and not to mention the successful expansion of Centric TV, the network is no longer just about 106 & Park and after hour videos. For a complete list of new programming from the network, click here.

For the fans of BET’s The Game, Hosea Chanchez confirmed that Lauren London is joining the cast. No, she is not replacing Tia Mowry’s character (Melanie). Lauren London is adding a new story line to the show along with newcomer Jay Ellis. Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall will make limited guest appearances, so expect to see a little more from Derwin and Melanie. Chanchez also revealed that there is NO bad blood between the network, Tia Mowry, and Pooch Hall. Everyone is just evolving, and growing, and it was just the next logical step. No drama. Wendy Raquel Robinson says we will definitely see more of her on The Game, and she’s happy that we got to see a deeper, softer side to her character, Tasha Mack. Robinson says next season her character will continue to evolve.

Speaking of evolution, the BET Awards, according to Stephen Hill (Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming) will no longer be held at the Shrine Auditorium. BET Awards is moving on to a new location at Nokia Theater L.A. Live. So expect next year awards ceremony to be even BIGGER.

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