When we look at the inception of the BET Awards, it becomes apparent that the unique dress-up of the celebrities makes this grand ceremony unique. While the award is unique in itself for celebrating black entertainment, the choice of attire adds up to its beauty.
Every year, fans enjoy the innovative dress choices of celebrities who hit the red carpet in what seems to be a ‘bizarre yet appealing’ attire. This has been an eye-catching trend over the last two decades. This year, the 2022 BET Award was celebrated last Sunday. As expected, the audiences were left moved by yet another unique selection of outfits of the celebrities who made it to the mega awards show.
Now, let us take a closer look at the history of the BET Awards. We will unveil how the trend of ‘unique dress-up’ at the BET Awards for the last 20 years.
Musiq Soulchild at the 2001 BET Awards
It is essential to note here that this selection of unique outfits has been a trend since the inception of the grand show. For instance, Musiq Soulchild appeared on the show in 2001 in a casual T-shirt. Apparently, the T-shirt was by no means formal and professional; instead, it was what we call a ‘busy day T-shirt.’ What caught the audience's attention at that time was not the success and fame of Musiq. Rather, it was his selection of outfits for high-profile award shows like the BET Awards. His outfits were deemed “too casual” as the T-shirt had some prints of lamps on it.
Thus, this was the kicking off a style trend for the BET Awards. Looking at the bizarre selection of outfits of the celebrities, audiences were unsure if the show would go a long way. In other words, people in 2001 thought that BET Awards would not be successful. Of course, the bizarre selection of outfits was its sole reason, but nonetheless, it turns out that this uniqueness of dressing up is what makes the show popular today.
Thus, the trend has sustained throughout the years. As we look at the 20 years of history of BET Awards, it turns out that the unique selection of attires - of celebrities - plays a key role in the success and fame of BET Awards.
Niki Minaj at BET Awards in 2011
Fast forward to 2011, the trend went through numerous transformations. But what remained unchanged was the ‘bizarre’ outfits of the celebrities at the BET Awards.
Next up on our list is the popular rapper Niki Minaj. In 2011, the hip-hop starlet appeared at the BET Awards in a rare and bizarre combination of outfits. She wore black sandals matching them with ‘busy leggings’ and a pink dress. On top of that, she appeared in a weird hairstyle.
If she had wanted, she could have simplified her outfits by removing the busy leggings and swapping the color of the attire. But she did not. And this is what remains an unchanged trend in BET Awards - even today.