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2011 BET AWARDS PERFORMANCES: Alicia Keys Pays Homage To "Songs In A Minor" + Marsha Ambrosius & Cee-Lo Honor Patti Labelle

Alicia Keys gave fan a special treat last night as she went down memory lane with Songs In A Minor, and later on, Marsha Ambrosius, Cee-Lo Green, Gladys Knight and Pastor Shirley Ceasar gave a special tribute to Patti Labelle.  Get the deets inside.......

Last night, Alicia Keys took to the piano, backed by a full orchestra, and celebrated the tenth anniversary of Songs In A Minor, giving the audience at the 2011 BET Awards a quick trip down memory lane with some of her biggest hits, including "Fallin."  

 

Alicia's looking pretty good with her post-baby body.  But this hair....

Watch Alicia Keys' performance here:

 

 

And later in the show..... Marsha Ambrosius, Cee-Lo Green, Shirley Caesar and Gladys Knight each paid tribute to the icon Patti Labelle in their own way.

 

Marsha brought the sequins out in a fabulous blue gown.


 

And yes....Cee-Lo had "A New Attitude" so he reached back to the 80s and brought back Patti's famous fan/hair. 


 

He also got the memo about sequins.

 

Then Gladys Knight presented Patti with her award and they traded stories about the old days.


 

And Miss Patti dazzled the crowd herself.

Watch the video here:

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I love Alicia. I really do.

I love Alicia. I really do. Beautiful lady. ...but baby, put your shoes on when you see the camera coming... eww.
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Anonymous's picture

NO, NO, NO! This woman is a

NO, NO, NO! This woman is a musical legend and they could have and should have found artists with stronger vocals to perform this tribute to her. That is, with the exception of Mama Shirley! SHE TOOK ME TO THE CONGREGATION!
LNP's picture

Now everytime i think of

Now everytime i think of Patti, i think about "Everybody Hates Chris"
Anonymous's picture

um.......ok..i am retiring on

um.......ok..i am retiring on hating just to hate..but i was shocked the Alicia came out looking like that...her hair untidy and her hair on her arms standing up. She looked so hairy!...on one hand i thought...well i guess she is comfortable in her skin?..
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I see you Gladys with the

I see you Gladys with the Lisa Raye up do.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia looked sloppy. Ratted

Alicia looked sloppy. Ratted hair, post baby bulge, shoe-less with stirrups standing on top of a grand piano is not cute at all. She needs to continue her maternity leave. Marsha's dress was ugly. I don't know if it was to honor Patti circa 1985 or was it the look of the day. Either way I did not like it. However Marsha and Ceelo did a great job. See I had something nice to say after all.
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I thought all the women

I thought all the women looked amazing last night and if you want to look just as amazing go to beachbodycoach.com/myeshia. Sign up for free and then look around for one of their amazing workout programs. I'm doing Slim in 6 right now and in two weeks I have lost 11 pounds. Insanity is awesome as well.
Anonymous's picture

I simply loooove Patti! Nuff

I simply loooove Patti! Nuff said!
Anonymous's picture

Marsha Ambrosius looks great

Marsha Ambrosius looks great and has a beautiful voice. Alicia Keys is always very soulful and musical. They are both wonderful singers.
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She did great, hair was a

She did great, hair was a mess and she has fat girl tendencies!! Nothing wrong with a little meat on the bones , but you must adjust your attire. She had on all black, which usually slims you down, but not in this case!!
Anonymous's picture

I can't wait to see Ms. Keys

I can't wait to see Ms. Keys perform on Thursday at The Beacon theatre. She a true multi-talented artist. I feel I have come full circle with her because it was the first place I saw her perform. Love me some Ms. Keys.
Stacey's picture

Thank God for Alicia Keys,

Thank God for Alicia Keys, Marsha Ambrosius, Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar they really sang well. I loved, loved Alicia Keys performance who showed her versatility as a musician, singer and composer. She really is amazing........
Anonymous's picture

lol....anybody c wiz singin n

lol....anybody c wiz singin n amber rose ear during the c-lo act...lol
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Yes! I thought it was 2 men

Yes! I thought it was 2 men at first... I was like I know they legalizing gay marriages but damn! Then I realized it was ol boy and Amber.... That heifer need some damn hair!
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Yes! I thought it was 2 men

Yes! I thought it was 2 men at first... I was like I know they legalizing gay marriages but damn! Then I realized it was ol boy and Amber.... That heifer need some damn hair!
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Yes! I thought it was 2 men

Yes! I thought it was 2 men at first... I was like I know they legalizing gay marriages but damn! Then I realized it was ol boy and Amber.... That heifer need some damn hair!
Cadence's picture

Yes! I thought it was 2 men

Yes! I thought it was 2 men at first... I was like I know they legalizing gay marriages but damn! Then I realized it was ol boy and Amber.... That heifer need some damn hair!
Cadence's picture

I liked A Keys. She was one

I liked A Keys. She was one of the best. Donnie and dem and Patti herself was my favorite. The rest was a waste even my eye candy Nelly.
Anonymous's picture

The opted for Cee lo over

The opted for Cee lo over Fantasia for a tribute to Ms Patti? obviously for comedic content, Marsha Ambrosious did the most justice. Im a fan of Ms Keys but that performance like her hair was totally unnecessary. Best performances of the night IMO went to Jill Scott & those 'hollywood husbands' segments.
Anonymous's picture

Fantasia couldnt make the

Fantasia couldnt make the show. She was doing a show in Barbados.
 Resse's picture

Dear Alicia Keys, What

Dear Alicia Keys, What happened to you?
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Please let me know when you

Please let me know when you find out....I was wondering the saaame thing.
Anonymous's picture

She has been reading /

She has been reading / hearing all the hurtful things being said about her 'family', and it's taking it's toll on her. She did the "Unthinkable" and now she has to pay the piper. As for her performance, which I didn't see and am only go by these pics, didn't Prince tell her last time (when she honored him on another show by singing one of his songs) that all that over the top performing (climbing on the piano and acting all possessed) was not necessary? She's one hard headed chick, I tell you. I guess she's trying to make that her signature thing like how Patti LaBelle kicks off her shoe(s) all the time on the stage. Get yo big a** from behind that piano and start dancing if you want to do something; might help you with that weight problem, too. THATS IT>>>>that's why she stay chunky looking, because she's always sitting/practicing behind that piano. Now it all makes sense, Swiss was talking to and about her when he said "Get yo azz on the flo".
Anonymous's picture

Wow! Such hateful words for a

Wow! Such hateful words for a woman you don't even know....geesh!
Anonymous's picture

Was I the only one who

Was I the only one who thought she looked extremely tired in the face as well as her hair being awful!!
Anonymous's picture

No you weren't alone on that

No you weren't alone on that one....her eyes were soooo heavy I thought her head would hit the piano keys.....not a good look.
Anonymous's picture

Um, hello!!! She has a small

Um, hello!!! She has a small child. For all you know, she could have had a rough night being a mom to a sick kid. Give a sista a break!
Anonymous's picture

Sorry but that Patti tribute

Sorry but that Patti tribute was a disaster and a disgrace and she deserved better than that. Cee-Lo and his cussing rant at the end was totally unnecessary and not funny. I like Marsha, but it wasn't until the end of the song that she pulled it off. Where were Fantasia, JHud, hell Christina Aguilera?
Anonymous's picture

Agreed!!!Agreed!!Agree!!...Ce

Agreed!!!Agreed!!Agree!!...Cee-lo should've stayed his ugly fat dumplin' ass home...a total embarrasment ....Patti didn't know if she should laugh,cry, get mad or what...you could see it in her face....& you are dead on about Marsha.
Anonymous's picture

For real, it was the WORST

For real, it was the WORST Patti Tribute EVER!!! And she knew it too thats why she began singing and performing her own songs. I miss Fantasia bc she would have brought the house down. Only Fantasia can get Patti to have a seizure. lol. Marsha sucked and looked a mess. The last note was hit but it was lackluster & Ceelo was too much and that cursing was not needed and BET had the nerve to have Shirley Ceaser follow that mess. Why on earth would they not have Ledisi as a performer. She would have killed it and gave Patti a great performance of her life.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia is a f'n bore!!

Alicia is a f'n bore!!
Anonymous's picture

this is sooo true...I turned

this is sooo true...I turned the TV half way through her 1st song!!! tired of them old ass songs.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia's performance was not

Alicia's performance was not terrible....but I could have done without it.....and she looked terrible! LOVED Marsha.......she impressed me!
Anonymous's picture

i loved cee-lo preformance

i loved cee-lo preformance because he added some humor
Anonymous's picture

The reason why they didn't

The reason why they didn't have Fantasia is because she laying up somewhere pregnant by that looser.
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Marsha looked great, loved

Marsha looked great, loved the green dress. But I absolutely hate her Yodelay he hoooo voice. she sounds like she's gargling water while she sings. Alicia keys was boring but her voice sounded good. I fast forwarded after the first 20 seconds so maybe i cant comment. Patti looks and sounds amazing. I hope I have her grace when I'm her age.
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THANK YOU!! i thought i was

THANK YOU!! i thought i was the only person that felt this way about Marsha her runs suck. I hated her performance
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OMG...i could kiss you for

OMG...i could kiss you for saying that....i wish she would just sing.
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Alicia Keys did not perform

Alicia Keys did not perform well live at all, her performance was : YAWN'S . Marsha Ambrosius did very well but yeah Alicia Keys is a tad bit overrated
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Is it the light in the photo

Is it the light in the photo or does Alicia have a henna tattoo on her arm?
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alicia keys great jobbbb

alicia keys great jobbbb classsy sasssy and amazing job weelll done
Anonymous's picture

MARSHA KILLED IT!!!! PLEASE

MARSHA KILLED IT!!!! PLEASE STOP SAYING ALICIA AND BEYONCE DID A GOOD JOB! THEY DID NOT! WHY ARE WE ON SOME SINGERS TIPS AND DON'T GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!! MARSHA DID THE DAMN THING!!!
Anonymous's picture

J Hud and Fantasia arre the

J Hud and Fantasia arre the two people who would have done that tribute justice...Cee Lo too
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A. Keys' performance and look

A. Keys' performance and look did not work for me: but I was pleasantly surprised to see Bruno Mars performing with her. Seeing Anita Baker was great: Marsha Ambrosius is AWESOME, Patti still looks good and can sing, Shriley Caesar is awesome. You can see and hear God in that woman I tell you. Overall I enjoyed the show. I could've done without that streamed Beyonce performance though--it felt like they put a DVD in for a minute. Oh and somebody tell Rick Ross to keep his shirts/jackets closed! I don't want to see all of that...looks like an endless vat of chocolate pudding gone wrong. SMH...
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that was a highlight for me,

that was a highlight for me, the anita baker and mary j collab. a keys...umm, i actually liked the hair. I'm not a big fan of her music so i could care less about the performance. however i get so irked when i see "no shoes". i hate when fantasia does it and i hate that a keys did it. i get the same feeling when i'm in the club and see girls walking around with their shoes off, if you can't handle heels wear some damn flats but barefoot is tacky.
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That brawd is big. but I did

That brawd is big. but I did like that hair, side braid with her own hair. I like her's better than Eve's
Anonymous's picture

they couldve kept that alicia

they couldve kept that alicia keys set. *yawns* marsha. shut. it. down. cee-lo and that wig.....i cant. anybody else shocked patti didnt kick her shoes off?!?
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I'm sorry...that show was a

I'm sorry...that show was a calamaty and a raging mess! Who in the hell produced that debouchary??? Alicia did not in my opinion kill anything but the image in my head that at one time she could actually sing. How do you let Bruno Mars (who by the way has a great singing voice live) out do you the star? BET needs to go somewhere and leave the awards show's to the pro's! I feel sorry for a lot of talented people that did want to support the cause and reprezent but uh...like Chris Rock said...just cuz it's black don't mean its good. KEVIN HART IS NOT FUNNY! Somebody needs to tell him that! ugh
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