Atlanta R&B singer Ne-Yo scored the Best Male R&B award Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium. The singer clearly did not expect to win.
“Damn, damn,” Ne-Yo exclaimed. “I want to thank God. Period. Pointblank. I really, really, really did not expect this. I didn’t write a speech or nothing.”
Atlanta singer Keri Hilson continued the evening’s winning streak by scoring Best New Artist.
Looking gorgeous in a slinky dress adorned with blue and red stars, Hilson yelled: “Is Atlanta in the house?! I just feel like that little girl from Decatur, Georgia singing into her hairbrush. I did not expect to win this at all. God does reward the diligent.”
Even Atlanta film director Tyler Perry was humorously referenced in a spoof of a summer film shot by BET Awards host Jamie Foxx and actor/comedian Martin Lawrence. In the bit, Lawrence’s cross-dressing character initially looks a lot like Perry’s trademark Madea matriarch except that “she” is knocking over a bank with Foxx’s “Wanda” character.
The name of the fictitious flick: “Skank Robbers.”
Cracked Foxx after the clip: “Tyler Perry, you didn’t call me back!”