Skies might have been overcast but on the red carpet at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday afternoon at the Civic Center, things were decidedly sunny.
Helping matters, the red carpet was protected under a massive white tent for the first time.
And elbow room on the tight red carpet was scarce as dozens of media outlets got into position with TV cameras, boom microphones, tripods and cameras.
As Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something,” the stars began exiting limos on Piedmont Avenue, which was blocked off and reinforced with police. Security and metal detectors made it feel like a miniature Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Hosted by Mike Epps, the annual awards show will be edited and then broadcast at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 on BET.
Among the nominees likely strolling the carpet at this year’s event: Lil Wayne, Bobby Valentino, Rihanna, John Legend, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Diddy, Soulja Boy Tell’em, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Eminem and Kid Cudi.