The BET Experience/BET Awards weekend is becoming one of the biggest summer events in the nation. The four-day event, which culminates with the BET Awards, features exclusive performances and specials throughout the weekend.
Things kicked off with an exclusive performance by Doug E. Fresh and BBD at Club Nokia. Doug E. Fresh opened his set by taking the crowd down memory lane. Fresh urged full crowd participation as he played old-school cuts by The Gap Band, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. He also played theme music from classic TV shows, including “The Jeffersons,” “Cheers,” and “Sanford & Son.” Reggae artist Vicious joined Fresh on stage as he performed his ’90s hit, “Freaks.” After a spectacular beat boxing display that lasted nearly five minutes straight, Fresh closed his set with the fan favorite, “The Show.”
Bel Biv Devoe were next to perform as they hit the stage in celebration of 25 years since the release of their debut album, Poison, in 1990. BBD also added a great deal of nostalgia to their show. The group went deep into their catalogue by performing “Candy Girl” and “Mr. Telephone Man” from their days with New Edition.
But they also reminded fans why they were successful after splitting with New Edition in the early ’90s. Their debut album featured several hits, such as “Dope,” “Do Me!,” and “When Will I See You Smile Again?” and BBD were able to add a new touch to their classic hits.
With help from audience members who were allowed onstage to dance, BBD closed the show with their biggest hit, “Poison.”
Throughout the weekend, BET Experience will feature performances by Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, and The Roots, among others.