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Fifteen memorable moments from last night's BET Awards

Last night's BET Awards in Los Angeles are still generating plenty of chatter. Washington Post reporter Keith L. Alexander watched the program in its almost-three-and-a-half-hour entirety. The show included a teary breakdown from Chris Brown and a tribute to his Royal Purpleness, Prince. (Watch Alicia Keys perform "Adore" above).

After the jump, Alexander lists his top fifteen moments from the show. Be sure to share yours in the comments.

15. Let’s hear it for the Queen. Queen Latifah did an amusing and entertaining job keeping the show flowing, sporting the costumes of the various characters she's played over the years -- from her work in "Set it Off," to "Chicago," to "Hairspray."

14. I bet Diddy won’t criticize another stagehand in charge of smoke during a rehearsal for his performance. There was so much smoke billowing from the stage, at times you couldn’t even see the performers. Surprised some audience members didn’t bolt for the exits!

13. The night wasn’t only about singers and rappers. BET also honored several local heroes who were doing exceptional work in their communities, including Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone.

12. Remember years ago when R&B songstress and actress Brandy would walk on a stage with her little brother Ray J tagging along? Well, times certainly seemed to have changed by the roar of the audience when Ray J took the stage followed by his older sister Brandy.

11. So who is the next long-legged goddess to follow in Tina Turner’s footsteps? Actress Jada Pinkett Smith or singer Keri Hilson?

10. Amusing to see young Jaden “Karate Kid” Smith sitting with his little sister Willow and his mom Jada, jamming to every word of rapper T.I.’s performance.

9. Serena Williams, winning sportswoman of the year. Really? The same athlete who was fined more than $80,000 for threatening to shove her tennis racket down the throat of a line judge during the U.S. Open last year?

8. El DeBarge showing the young crooners how it’s done. How amusing was it to see even the large, hip-hop male audience members rising to their feet and swaying as the 1980’s hit-maker sang “Time Will Reveal"?

7. The reunion of Nia Long and Lorenz Tate from the movie "Love Jones." Young people, if you aren’t familiar with the poem from the 1997 film that the two actors recited, do yourself a favor and rent or buy the DVD.

6. Actor Todd Bridges getting the entire audience to say, “Whatchu talkin' about Willis?” in a tribute to Gary Coleman. But wow, his admission that he had fellow inmates saying that to him when he was in prison was a little disturbing.

5. It was nice to see BET mention Dr. Dorothy I. Height, but the producers of the show could have done so much more than quickly showing Lena Horne's photo during a memorial tribute. After all, wasn’t Horne black entertainment before black entertainment really existed? It would have been nice to see Latifah sing "Stormy Weather."

4. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee burning up the drums during the Ludacris performance. Nice touch!

3. Monica's duet with Deniece Williams. Well, Monica sounded good.

2. The tribute to Prince. Alicia Keys, who is about five or six months pregnant, climbing on the piano and singing her heart out, scaring everyone, including Prince. Patti LaBelle showing Trey Songz how "Purple Rain" should sound. Note to BET producers again: Why did you allow Songz to sing the Prince classic when you knew LaBelle was going to sing it during the Prince tribute?

1. Chris Brown’s tribute to Michael Jackson. The young man is a talented dancer and that was indeed one of the best tributes to the king of pop -- moonwalk and all. And it was nice to see BET give the young man another chance. But the emotional breakdown during “Man in the Mirror”? Hmmm, don’t know.

By Chris Richards  |  June 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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What's the Hmmm about. He was emotional I am sure the song made him think. He is BLACK it's the BET awards. He is young. It's called FEELING and obviously you don't have any.

Posted by: sepins41yahoocom | June 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What's the Hmmm about. He was emotional I am sure the song made him think. He is BLACK it's the BET awards. He is young. It's called FEELING and obviously you don't have any.

Posted by: sepins41yahoocom | June 28, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Did you all read the quote from John Wall's mother after the big welcome party that was thrown for him? It went something like "This is even bigger than the BET awards!" Hilarious in so many ways.

Posted by: agl132 | June 28, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh stop it. BET is the LAST place on the planet that could/would invoke any sense of emotion other than shame. PLEASE. LOL! With all the coonin' and buffoonin' that they air daily?!?!? Whatever! I'm with Mr. Washington. I say 'hmmmm...' as well.

Posted by: anonymous72 | June 28, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

here is the Chris Brown BET break down analyzed with video

Posted by: nineteen80snore | June 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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