A few years ago, BET Jazz became BETJ and incorporated more alternative soul, R&B and hip-hop music into its Jazz-centric programming as regular BET became less tolerant of quality in general. We all know about the shenanigan-gasm that was the BET Hip-Hop Awards and are aware that the network has few, if any, redeeming qualities. In an attempt to banish innovative concepts entirely from BET proper, the network recently announced the first annual BETJ Virtual Awards. As the title suggests, this awards show has many internet-based, interactive features, including an opportunity for anyone with a webcam and guts to win an award by recording themselves performing their favorite nominated song. I pity the intern who has to drudge through that cacophony of digital fail.
The list of nominees is like reading some BET internal-only do not play list or something. On it there are:
Co-hosted by everyone's favorite ageless wonder Nia Long, Chris Spencer and Claudia Jordan, the BETJ Virtual Awards show has an impressive list of performers that includes Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michelle and Chuck Brown. It seems like it might be worth watching. And even though T-Pain is nominated (remember: it's BET), this line up might render our Hip Hop Awards drinking game obsolete. Maybe. [H/T: SR/BETJ]