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D’Angelo makes first TV appearance in more than a decade on BET Awards

D'Angelo made his first TV appearance in 12 years. Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

D'Angelo made his first TV appearance in 12 years. Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Among the anticipated moments during Sunday’s BET Awards: The return of Beyonce, the definitive Whitney Houston memorial and a welcome back to D’Angelo.

 Making his first TV appearance in a dozen years, the Richmond, Va., native might be a bit huskier than his chiseled abs days of a decade ago, but he hasn’t lost his organic touch.

 He started his performance with the famed “Untitled (How Does it Feel”) in an emotive voice, then slipped to the piano and turned on the funk. He’s been playing the new “Sugar Daddy” during shows overseas earlier this year and clearly has it honed. D ripped through a playful solo on the piano before hopping up to point out band members as his voice rose and fell during the song, which is a little bit James Brown, a little bit Prince and a lot of soul.

 If you’re curious about D’Angelo’s lost decade, check out this excellent story in GQ

 A few moments later, Beyonce nabbed the award for Best Female R&B, saying, “I fell in love with music by listening to R&B,” and then dedicating the honor to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and “Whitney Houston, my angel.”

 To absolutely no one’s surprise, Nicki Minaj scooped up Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, beating Atlanta’s Diamond in the process.

Does Beyonce ever look bad? Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Does Beyonce ever look bad? Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

 Tyler Perry, wearing an all-white ensemble, also made a BET appearance to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The iconic group is celebrating 35 years in the business (and coming to Chastain July 19).

Here are some more photos from last night’s show.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

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max4max

July 2nd, 2012
8:40 am

D’angelo did a great job last night. The tribute to Whitney Houston was awesome. Atlanta’s own Monica did an excellent job honoring Whitney and sounded just like Whitney The host Samuel Jackson did a great job. Frankie Beverly and Maze just happens to be one of my favorite R&B groups and I try to make the concert at Chastain every year. The only problem I have with the BET AWARDS IS…after ALL the cursing and the bleeps.. why would they bring on a gospel singer during all of this? It does not make sense to me.

blkshepherd

July 2nd, 2012
8:56 am

I did not see the awards but judging from that picture of D’angelo he needs to hit the gym and back away from the table. If there was a lot of cursing then I dont feel I missed anything. That was one of the reasons I stopped watching Hip Hop/Source awards and two yrs after fights it was cancelled thank god, how embarrassing it was.

If you have to curse that is NOT talent. thats trash and garbage and I would rather not waste my electric watching or hearing listening to you because its garbage.. The cursing in Rap is offensive and just plain not needed.

jaj

July 2nd, 2012
10:18 am

blkshepherd – D’Angelo looked great. His weight is average, his arms were very toned and muscular, no his abs may not have ripples, but he is far from having a beer gut. He is a grown man now, with a grown man body. Me likey. :)

blkshepherd

July 2nd, 2012
10:29 am

jaj – dont know what pic your looking at but I see a gut..lol..Porky Man. LOL LOL..oh well..some people like pork..others like lean.

SAS

July 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

I enjoyed the entire show but what got me perplexed is WHY did the camera STAY on BEYONCE, JAY Z, her sister, Kanye and Kim…OMG…..everytime you looked up the camera was on them…..THEY did not make this show. JUST STOP!!!…it is becoming a OVER KILL…just too much!!!! The media already just overly do it with this couple Beyonce and Jay Z…just STOP!!!!!

noname

July 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

@SAS, totally agree; especially that Kim! Man, does she love a camera; sorta reminded me how she tried to outshine Reggie after he had won the superbowl.
Oh, did I see Ray J over in the corner :lol:

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
12:30 pm

D’Angelo –Honey Child…what a hot mess. He built his career on his looks and body – but know all we are getting is a bloated mess. Vocally he’s ok but he can’t hold a candle to Luther, Maxwell, John Legend or Stevie Wonder.

Hit the gym bro…..

Von

July 2nd, 2012
12:30 pm

@jaj.. I guess you like your man thick! LOL @ blkshepherd.

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
12:34 pm

The tribute to my girl WH was amazing but: Why on earth did they not let Mariah sing?

I mean that’s like someone ordering Filet Migon and told that they can’t eat it. CRAZY.

Speaking of weight; Chaka Khan has lost a ton of fat and OMG she can still sing the ^&%^ out of a song. Other than Aretha, no one and I mean no on can sing like Chaka……you go GIRL………..

Lilieable

July 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

@ blkshepherd. I’m amazed at shallow superficial people like you who (like people did 12 years ago) judge an artist as immensily talented as D’Angelo (and probably others) on his looks with a complete disregard for the music, which is the only reason why he was there and why people should watch in the first place. Grow up!!!! First of, he doesn’t “need” to hit the gym for you or anybody but himself and he is. Who are you seriously? Does he tell people how to look when they come to his concerts?Music is about raw talent, soul and showmanship which D’Angelo could train many current “commercial” artists in. Your comment is symptomatic of what is wrong in the music scene today: IT IS NO LONGER ABOUT MUSIC and TALENT but about appearances and looks. Some people like pork and some pleople like lean? Really? Well some people like respect, maturity and tolerance and dislike bullies who criticize something that is btw NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!!!! As far as I’m concerned not only does D’Angelo look way better than most men out there, but his true beauty goes beyond his enveloppe, it lays in his gift and love of music and people, ….genuine people. Looks fade whereas soul doesn’t and I can tell you without even seeing you, that you are one ugly person inside. Ironically you criticize rap artists but you don’t even take a look at what YOU are doing, which isn’t better by any means. SMH disgusted and ashamed by human nature!!!!!! D’Angelo was hands down the best moment for me last night and the very reason why I tuned in.

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

One last comment….Kanye West you’re a mess – you can’t rap, you’re a sap now go take a crap.

You are so bogus…..you have all of these fine black females out here and you end up with Kim Kardas….. you claim you are all hard and gangster but what a joke. I guess that image is used to sell your sorry records…get a like……….

blkshepherd

July 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

aint nothing wrong with being thick but Bellie fat aint healthy. (never been thick or fat in my life)and in very good shape and i am in my mid 50s, D’angelo is in his 30s and dont tell me he dont have time to higher a trainer or take his fat ass to the nearest fitness center. also he used to be buffed so it would return in no time..he just lazy and like to eat.

@Miss J

I been following Chaka since she was 17 in Rufus. she once had a serious shape..she got fat now shes looks wonderful again and shes older than D’angelo by about 24yrs..whats his excuse..none.

Wifshful Thinking

July 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Am I the only one who wishes Nicki Minaj would disappear? She’s not a rapper, nor can she sing.

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
12:46 pm

Hey I meant get a life…Tyra can I have my old job back?

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

@Wifshful Thinking

No you’re not alone…what a another hot mess

Her fifteen minutes of FAME is up……….PLEASE<<<<<<<<<

SexyCool

July 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

The exact comment that I made to my fiance last night as we watched the D’Angelo performance:

“This is a GREAT “concert” performance. It is not a great “TELEVISION” performance.”

There is a difference.

SexyCool

July 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

Also, I definitely noticed how Jay Z avoided actually hugging KimK when he and Kanye won that award. (lol)

Miss J

July 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

@SexyCool

You may be on to something….

I mean in a concert your visibility is kinda limited –from far away the performer may look pretty good, but up close WHOA NELLY.

I wanted the show last night in HD and wow you’re right —it makes a big difference…..

Good point….

Furious Styles

July 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

He did good, BUT 2 albums in 20 years?? he and Erykah Badu came out around the same time. Most have moved on to Kym, Anthony Hamilton and Aloe Blacc. I’m not knocking him but it REALLy has to be something going on with him. i hope he gets it together.

Karen

July 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

WOW..SERIOUSLY..We are such sad people that we have to get on a ost and criticize each other this way..WOW

Karen

July 2nd, 2012
1:19 pm

Tracy Brown

July 2nd, 2012
1:39 pm

To Blkshepherd, Miss J and Lilieable,
Since your conversation has devolved into name calling with nothing at all to do with music or the BET Awards show, I have removed those comments. If the three of you would like to continue your personal attacks against one another, this blog is not the place to do so. We’d love to have each of you continue to participate with relevant posts. But fair warning: If it continues as it has in the past half hour, we will ban you from posting on Music Scene as well as any other ajc.com blog. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Doug E Fresh

July 2nd, 2012
1:44 pm

Kanye is such a pu**y. He’s a whiney studio gangster, completely disrespectful, and not all that talented. Really wish he’d go give P Diddy a reacharound and disappear from the face of music forever. What a joke!

Angela

July 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

I so agree with you, Tracy Brown. It’s really sad that we cannot voice our opinions on the music and/or the awards show, itself, without personally attacking one another or the artist’s and their appearance. Why can’t we all be civilized mature human beings and have a mature conversation without attacking one another? Absolutely ridiculous!!!

Josh Wade

July 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

What? No mention of the Atlanta artists who appeared and performed at the BET Awards for the first time?!?! This is “Atlanta Music Scene”, right?!?!

[...] fell in love with music by listening to R&B,” she said, before dedicating her award to [...]

Miz Thang

July 2nd, 2012
4:45 pm

The tribute to Whitney and Frankie Beverly was great, Usher (Chattanooga) was great and so was Monica, Cissy, Chaka Sammuel L Jackson my hometown class alumni (Chattanooga, Riverside High School) was great………

Fred ™

July 2nd, 2012
5:08 pm

I would never accept a racist award where the only “nominees” were of one race, my race. I have too much pride. Thank you but no thanks.

But then I’m not insecure or racist.

Melissa Ruggieri

July 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

Hi Josh – there are three other posts on this blog about the BET Awards which mention the Atlanta artists.

Cheers,
Melissa

Mrs.H

July 2nd, 2012
11:05 pm

D’Angelo did not build his career on his body, but on his music. Brown Sugar, from the first CD, was all about his musical genius and lovers of Black Music immediately recognized his gift. How Does It Feel, was the departure…introducing him to another audience, who came to his shows, not for the music, but to scream for him to take his clothing off. The whole charade took away from the music. I am glad that he is back, that he is healthy, and that he is turning his attention to music again.

blkshepherd

July 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

To Tracy Brown

I understand where your coming from in reference to the comments made by myself, Ms J, and Liliable. But since you feel the need to critique and or remove our comments and blocking us It apparently is OK for the tasteless comments on the blog of Michael Vick gets married. Why dont you block some of the folks making those racist remarks about Michael Vick? Oh I suppose THATS OK though. Sounds rather bias to me. All of those reading what I am writing should go over to Michael Vick gets Married blog and see the racist and negative comments made about Michael Vick..oh I forget he kill a couple of pit bulls so he should be Cursed forever and called names yet the comments seems to be OK. Well its NOT OK.

TheTruth34

July 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

To Miss J… You obviousy don’t know what a real man is and you have the slightest idea as to what a REAL singer is, Not a lip singer or dancer, but a True Artist/Singer You must be a youngster, because D’angelo did a very good job!!! And to Mrs. H, I totally agree with you!!!

TheTruth34

July 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

P.S. This message was directed not only to Miss J, but to everyone else who had something negative to say about D’angelo!!!!!! :)

BMG90069

July 3rd, 2012
4:31 pm

D’Angelo gave a FANTASTIC performance, and truly showed he was in fine form. I agree with a few posters above, that some people are waaaay too caught up in what they see regarding his physical appearance (which, incidentally is just fine and you’ve got to wonder what the commenters look like) that they are unable to hear what true musicianship is! D’Angelo has played with everyone from Eric Clapton and David Sanborn to Raphael Saadiq and Questlove, and is a master of the Hammond B3 organ – the best of the best since the passing of the legendary Billy Preston. Don’t look at Nikki Minaj’s face during the performance, she was clearly confused and out of her league – check the real talent in the room like Spike Lee (thinking “I need this cat on my next soundtrack”) Chaka Khan (dancing in the aisles!), Evan Ross (diggin it – and yes, he knows great music) and Jamie Foxx (taking SERIOUS notes on D’s bandleading skills). D KILLED it, and I am so glad he’s back. I’m giving Samuel L. Jackson the side-eye about his wet panties comment – that was old school R&B for the people, not some croon-coon for the ladies. Sam’s a hater…