Nate Dogg, Clarence Clemons, M-Bone Remembered at BET Awards
Late entertainers were honored during the live broadcast.
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.