5. Tributes – This Is Not Your Chance to Reignite or Elevate Your Career
Issue: It feels like BET has created a roster of performers dedicated to the tribute. Melanie Fiona, Brandy, Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank, and, on occasion, Chrisette Michele are the go-to artists. However, they come off as opportunities for artists who are experiencing a gravitational pull toward ending up as average artists to prove they’ve still got it. Or a chance for exposure for new artists who need the exposure that comes from being highlighted under different circumstances.
Solution: There’s a buffet of artists from which to choose! Are artists really that busy that they can’t participate in a tribute to our greats? Note: Although Monica amazed during her Whitney Houston performance (Brandy appeared on steroids or experiencing a major sugar rush), in a perfect (read: our) world, the tribute would’ve went like this: Return from the commercial, all lights are off, solo spotlight on Emily “Cissy” Houston, and simply allow a mother to give a bittersweet public goodbye to her iconic and beloved daughter, the late Whitney Houston. Period.