BET Apologizes for Lil Wayne & Drake Performance

Drake and Lil Wayne

BET has issued an apology for the controversial Young Money performance at Sunday’s BET Awards.

Many who tuned into the show were appalled by the set, which capped a night filled with heartfelt tributes to the late Michael Jackson. The performance, which occurred right before Janet Jackson’s emotional appearance, featured Lil Wayne, Drake, and other members of the Young Money family performing their raunchy hit “Every Girl.” The spectacle offended some viewers, prompting an apology from the network.

“BET Networks deeply regrets the performance by Young Money at the BET Awards ’09 (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, Gudda Gudda, and Mack Maine). Elements of the performance were unplanned and should not have happened,” the network said in a statement. “We value and appreciate the feedback from our viewers and have edited Young Money’s performance from all BET Awards ’09 encore presentations.”

An edited version of the 2009 BET Awards will air on Monday, July 6.

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39 Comments

  1. jj3309(aka)THE TRUTH

    …that performance was so ghetto and ignorant…especially on a night when your honoring mj…young money should be ashamed this was not the source awards…and then they wonder why “they” talk about us

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  2. day day

    I like the performance!!

    it wat the BET awards are about

    haters….keep hatin

    PLZ..LOOK UP { MARVEL /DC HEROES} ON YOUTUBE

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  3. bijan

    We’re haters for caling it shit?
    You got it confused, you’re the one hating

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  4. Giselle

    They needed to, it was disrespectful. The whole show was a failure actually.

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  5. MR.WEST

    MAN, SORRY FOR ASKING, BUT I REALLY NEED TO KNOW THIS

    IN ”BEST I EVER HAD”, WHO SINGS THE HOOK?
    CAUSE IT SOUNDS ITS DRAKE THEN TREY SONGZ COMES IN
    OR ITS JUST DRAKE?

    PLEASE CAN SOMEONE ANSWER ME?
    THANKS

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  6. Kidkrazy

    Mr. West – Its only Drake, which makes him a great artist, can rap and sing….Diversity is what we need in music.

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  7. sheldrack

    i mean the awards were straight but thats messed up on soulja boy who didnt say anything bout MJ!

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  8. twitter.com/R3trooutcast

    That’s so Dum

    Yea they did a Mj tribute but the awrds was about having fun I understand the performance wasent great but why edit it out people in audience was enjoying it

    If you wanted the whole night about mj then why not edit souljaboy,drake,maxweel

    Imean dam alll people do is complain

    I aint like performace but don’t mean it wasent good bet shoulda known the 2nd jhalf of perforamnce was crap when they had to bleep out 70percent of wayne verse

    Lol bet used this awards show to get Viewers they got 10.7 mill compared to 5.8 in 08

    The mj tribute was a plot for ratings cuz he was barley remembered besides sum speeches, ciara did a minute song and jaime n neyo showed em sleves the whole show like dam

    BET did what MTV did was Exploit an artist for Raitings
    Like wit britney and it worked

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  9. Taijmonae Parker

    mr.west….it drake singing he can sing 2

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  10. Boy Falana

    it was way more than what they were saying…they had underage girls on stage when they were talkin bout merkin pussy???? are you serious, if you cant clearly see that, that was a problem dont ever become a parent!!! Young Money need public teachings cause there fuckin up……Drake video!!!!!!lol

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  11. jk

    wait, hold up…wat’s all this fuss bout?? y BET apologizin?? not every single artists who won did NOT mention anything bout MJ, except for the few like Neyo, like after…but..i dont get it!

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  12. Jay

    Yeah they really should apologize! That whole part was disgusting…that really made me mad watching it! They should be ashamed of themselves for real! No excuse!

    and People being offended had nothing to do with them not tributing Michael, it was the fact that they were singing about f#*%ing every girl in the world, while LITTLE GIRLS were on stage dancing! I mean are you kidding me!!! Who’s bright idea was that!?!? Me and my fam was in shock.

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  13. Catie

    Seriously, the whole show was a disaster.

    I hope MTV plans a tribute show for him sometime this summer and no, i don’t mean turning the VMA’s into a Michael Jackson dedication show. They need to do an entire show for him and have various performances by different artists.

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  14. king

    REALLY.. I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY WHO FELT WAYNE WAS OUTTA POCKET..

    HE WAS SAYN ….WHEN I GET ON IMA OWN THAT (OHH!) BUT THEN HE SAID GIRL I GOT THAT DOPE DICK COME HERE LET ME DOPE U WHICH WAS NOT EDITED..THEN HE CONDOLED MICHAEL JACKSON..

    WAYNE UR A JOKE..

    THERE WAS A TIME N PLACE FOR THAT SONG TO BE PERFORMED BUT NOT DURING THE TRIBUTE TO MJ…

    AT LEAST EVERYONE ELSE KEPT THERE PERFORMANCE CLEAN..

    N GOSPEL ARTIST LIKE MARY MARY WHERE THERE….?

    ITS COOL HOW DRAKE WAS THE ONLY OUTTA THA CREW WHO CLEANED UP THE SONG SAYN, I WISH I COULD (LOVE) EVERYGIRL IN THE WORLD..

    IM SURE WAYNE WOULDA WENT LEFT FIELD HAVING THE AUDIENCE WITH THERE HEADS DOWN I DRAKE DIDNT STEP UP…

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  15. TVA

    Drake sings and raps but there is Trey Songz signature “Yeah!” near the beginning. They made a lot of songs together before Drake’s buzz hit.

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  16. HATER

    I wish i could say that because Drake can rap and sings pretty good that i think he’s gonna be what the games been missing BUT I highly doubt it…I guess between him jocking Weezy too hard and blowing up way too quick (sum ppl think he’s the greatest shit lol) he still lacks substance…we’ll see

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  17. LaMont

    They need to apologize for the whole BET awards,cause the whole show sucked! :lol:

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  18. G girl the bay mayne yaddamean

    Come on BET “unplanned and should not have happened” yall no damn well yall seen the rehearsal prior to it airing on TV & didnt have a problem with it plus Drake asked for very specific things for his performance and none of those were met, as far as production value so the blame should go on BET cuz they didnt fix it b4 it was show time.

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  19. sexiikiim09

    yea it was very disrespectul especially a tribute to him not acceptable time and place for everything forgive them mj u deserved better!

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  20. Glenn

    Thing is It wasn’t Young Moneys fault. They didn’t choose to go last or anything, It was BET’s choice to choose who goes when. They just did what they do,perform.

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  21. Taijmonae Parker

    the whole darn show was bad really…it could of been better i only watched the show because of the Micheal Jackson tribute…n it wasn’t alot of that going on, it was like they just said that to get more viewers…they were better off have a seprate show for MJ

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  22. Matt.Beezy

    the performance was a disgrace and BET hasnt made good television in years…im also tired of ppl overhyping Drake. He’s decent at best. There are way more artists that deserve to get the attention he is.

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  23. T A W 4 life

    BET KNEW YOUNG MONEY WOULD PERFORM DIS SONG DEY NO HOW WAYNE IS SO Y WOULD DEY ASK DEM 2 PERFORM LIKE I THINK DA WHOLE SHOW SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN A DEDICATION 2 MJ IF DEY WANTED 2 DO DAT DEY SHOULDA HAD ANOTHA SHOW LIKE DEY SHOULDNT BE APOLGIZING 2 DA AUDIENCE DEY SHOULD B SAYIN SORRY 2 YOUNG MONEY DA WAY DEY EDITED DAT SHIT IF DIS WAS DA CASE DEY SHUOLDA HAD SOULJA BOY OR JAMIE FOXX IF DIS WAS JUST A SHOW DEDICATED 2 MJ !!!!!!

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  24. PissedOFFPerson...

    THANK U… That Was So Disrespectful

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  25. dc

    i like that song, but it had no place in the show (which also sucked btw)… every girl isn’t radio-friendly. they shoulda done something else, or nothing at all

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  26. Mila

    It was disrespectful in a way….nobody had time to really prepare for it though, it happened so fast they had practiced for a while it was a sudden change. Young money shouldnt get blamed for it.. its the network who in charge of all that

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  28. brandon

    i watched, the tribute was in good meaning, but where were the ppl who could really do his moves and sing his songs like chris brown or usher? lol, man, drake can sing like kanye….ON AUTOTUNE!! hahaha, and his rapping is straight.

    young money shouldnt even have performed. lol

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  29. ibaybeecakezz

    well ova all i lked da show nd i didnt lke it … buh the young money perfromance i didnt really understand y they have lil gurlz up on the stage … lke our generation is bad enuff itzz all about sex && durgzz lke … nd den lil wayne cum out wiff dis f***king every girt ish lke itzz cute i love wezzy buh i highly dis agree wiff dis song itzz lke saying he wish lke he can get every STDz nd shxt in the world.

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  30. nene_badd23

    i heard tht something was messed up with drake leg. &nd even so , they been practicing these awards for almost a year. how do the network expect artist to just up &nd change their rountine in such short notice because of an unsuspected death of thee “king of pop”? honestly , i think it was rude to even be asked to do such a thing.

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  31. Berna

    The whole BET Awards sucked. I know the staff only had a couple of days to make the show but come on. I don’t think I will ever watch another BET Awards show. Jamie Foxx did a trouble job as well. They receive a F from me.

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  32. weZZy gurl

    HATERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. weZZy gurl

    HATERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. weZZy gurl

    HATERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. weZZy gurl

    but i lyke wezzys shoez tho =)

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  36. alphou

    love weezy baby big up the king of rap i love rap musik mi name right boy hod boy fuk bitch

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  37. Real Talk

    BET should apologize for the whole entire show it was crap from Kari, to Beyonce, to Jay, to Jamie Fox… what was the tribute??? Also LIL Wayne.
    BET Had LIL Wayne on the show instead of Chris Brown???
    Horrible show and where was the Micahel Jackson Ttribute?? You had Jay Z promo his song and the Wife Bey show boating 1/2 naked singing a song she prob didn’t understand either.
    The Worst BET show EVER. Also BET should apologize for Bey’s 1/2 clothe performance… Is it necessary to not wear clothes?? There were so many Egos and the show should have been about MJ. The only exception was NEW Edition and the Ojays!!! I enjoyed them the rest of the show was Crap!!! How come Old Jay Z has to perform?? Also Bey with the same performances… No one was prepared to change their act, that’s the impression I got. Everyone’s act was thrown together, you see who are the True Michael Jackson Fans, Non on the BET show at all. No one knew how to improvise? BET Sucks and I hope they took notes as to how a tribute is done, The MJ Memorial service on July 7th was Great considering the time and the people they had to manage. The songs and performers were good, no one over did it because it was a Memorial Service and everyone was respectful. MJ’s Memorial Service was Classy and tasteful. BET should have learned. MTV/VH1 I’m sure will have a way better MJ Tribute. Matter of fact what BET did was not a Tribute to Michael Jackson, I Denouce the Entire BET show for that garbage on June 28 2009… BET should have had Monique as the host or Steve Harvey, performers is as follows: JT, Chris Brown, Mary Jay, Whitney Houston, Linole Richie, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Patti, and commedian Dave Chapel

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  38. Cici

    Why is BET apologizing? I mean we all know that MJ is the king of pop and all.we also know that we love him and miss him but the truth is “he is dead and gone”. We now have the opportunity to honor those that are alive so let’s have fun it was BET awards people.

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  39. broly2k9

    well yea i can understand why ppl would be pissed about young money goin on but other than that i thought the show was decent especially wit new edition, keith sweat, the o’jays, even with the tyrese, trey songz, and johnny gill performance of the o’jays……that was priceless and BBD, along with ne-yo and jamie foxx’s performance at the end. i didn’t think it was a failure @ all. it was pretty cool. with artist saluting MJ @ the end of their performances.

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