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R. Kelly’s opening act was incredible! From the starting medley of his older hits to his soulful “When A Woman Loves” to the final transition of a high energy, 1950′s like ‘hop-bop’ transition of the song.  His engaging, vivacious performance was on point as an opening act!  

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard returned again this year as the awards show hosts.  Always known as ‘cute and adorable’ together, some of their hosting segments were lackluster in delivery, corny and somewhat juvenile as they engaged in ‘magic tricks’ and ‘spells’ leaving the audience only slightly amused yet somewhat unengaged.

Let’s face it, tricks are for kids, not to be used at awards shows. If anything, Henson and Howard should have continued to do segments that were a spinoff of their ‘girls versus guys’ dance off challenge bit, which was way more entertaining and crowd pleasing as evidenced by the audiences’ much more positive, hype, lively applause and cheers.

Some of the other performances of the night included Ne-Yo, Eric Benet, Gyptian, Tank, Cee-Lo, Bruno Mars, and of course the ladies…Jazmine Sullivan with Doug E. Fresh and Erykah Badu. Erykah Badu, widely known for her eclecticism, wowed the audience yet again with her creatively inspired fusion set of graphic design and multi-dimensionalism.

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