Does Kanye West not read the Internet?
The rapper, a notorious awards show presence, feigned surprise at the appearance of partner Jay-Z at the 2012 BET Awards, though news of Jay and Beyonce’s presence at the ceremony has rattled around for days.
In any case, West managed to be somewhat humble (perhaps Ms. Kardashian is keeping him in line?) and quipped, “I’m bad at losing, I’m bad at winning. I always say the wrong thing,” before a dapper Jay-Z strolled out to embrace his cohort and thank everyone for The Throne’s award for Best Group.
Also early in Sunday’s show, airing live from Los Angeles on BET and hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, Usher got his sexy on, performing “Climax” in a bicep-bearing black shirt and red boots, his upper register and seductive moves with the mic stand in full effect.
Atlanta rapper Future lost the Best New Artist award to Detroit’s Big Sean, but there are a few chances for ATL representation at the show. Usher is up for a pair, including Video of the Year, while Young Jeezy will compete for Best Male Hip-Hop and Diamond for Best Female Hip-Hop.
Stay tuned to the AJC music blog for updates throughout the night.
[Update: Usher just lost Best Male R&B Artist to Chris Brown, who dedicated his award to "Team Breezy and all my fans."]
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene