Beside handing awards, BET also took a moment to pay homage to Clarence Clemons, Nate Dogg, M-Bone, Gil-Scott Heron and Teena Marie at its awards show on June 26. Celebrities were tapped to reflect and honor the lives of those late musicians as well as to remember their contribution to the music as well as black entertainment.
The member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who died after suffering a stroke earlier this month, was remembered in a solo sax performance by a fellow saxophonist. Warren G and Snoop Dogg rocked all-black ensemble and performed "Regulate" for Nate's tribute.
Cali Swag District were joined by Doug E. Fresh to remember M-Bone. "We love you, bro," they said. Queen Latifah honored Gil-Scott with his infamous "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" poem. And Teena was remembered as "one of the greatest soul singers."
2011 BET Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 26. The big winner at the show was Chris Brown who dominated with five kudos. One of the trophies, Viewers' Choice, which was supposed to be handed to him was presented to Drake due to a mix-up.