Nate Dogg, Clarence Clemons, M-Bone Remembered at BET Awards
The 2011 BET Awards paid tribute to living legend Patti LaBelle, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, during the June 26th broadcast -- but several late musicians were also honored.
Snoop Dogg and Warren G took the stage donning all black as they performed Nate Dogg’s single, “Regulate.” Dogg passed away suddenly in March as a result of complications from multiple strokes.
The E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons, who died of a stroke earlier this month, was also remembered with a solo performance by a fellow saxophonist during the broadcast.
Cali Swag District took the stage with Doug E. Fresh to memorialize M-Bone, declaring, “We love you, bro.” The “Teach Me How to Dougie” artist was killed suddenly in a drive by shooting at just 22-years-old.
Also honored was Teena Marie, who was saluted as “one of the greatest soul singers,” while Queen Latifa read soul and jazz poet Gil-Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
Chris Brown proved to be the big winner of the evening, taking home four awards including Best R&B Artist and Viewers’ Choice. The show was hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.