BET Awards fashion winners and losers
Cee Lo Green stole the fashion show at the BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Green out-diva-ed the night's biggest diva, dressing up like Patti LaBelle during his tribute to the singer, belting out "Somebody Loves You Baby," while spritzing hairspray on his spikey wig. (LaBelle herself looked pretty tame by comparison, in a demure navy sheath and matching coat.)
Another great fashion moment was Chris Brown's onstage strip-down, from a white suit jacket with supersized shoulders of Talking Heads proportions (and a pair of curiously cut pants), down to a black jumpsuit. Alicia Keys showed how to rock a jumpsuit in the real world, wearing her black Dolce & Gabbana style with a white boyfriend blazer, killer black-and-white striped heels, and Wilfredo Rosado "Blackamoor" earrings.
"Whip My Hair" tween fashionista Willow Smith looked age-appropriate in a yellow "Fresh Prince" T-shirt with dad Will's mug on the front, a red leather jacket, black shorts and knee-high combat boots. She was perfectly in tune with the funky vibe of the event, where most of the men wore jeans and high-top sneakers, and the women who dressed up too much looked out of place. Exhibit A would be Ashanti, whose clingy turquoise Jean Fare gown seemed more Oscars formal than BET Awards.
The evening's fan favorite was Kelly Rowland, who wore a short and sweet, fuchsia Marchesa dress with a ruffle detail. Kerry Washington went with a more streamlined look, an acid green Michael Kors gown, as did Mary J. Blige, in a white jumpsuit with a cool, wide sculptural metal belt.
Busta Rhymes got a ribbing from host Kevin Hart for wearing a vest that looked like a "brain." And, come to think of it, the squiggly brown python piece was a bit odd. Speaking of odd, how about Nicki Minaj's dusty pink knit minidress and patterned tights? Definitely not up to diva standards. She didn't even color her hair!
-- Booth Moore
Photo: Cee Lo Green douses his Patti LaBelle wig with hairspray while performing a tribute to the lifetime achievement award winner at the 2011 BET Awards. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters