D.C. sure knows how to switch from Capitol Hill politics to downtown elegance and glamour.
Last night, the historic Warner Theatre opened its doors to A-list celebs, politicians, and media moguls for the BET Honors 2012. Recognizing individuals who have made enormous career strides while leaving marks on their communities, the night paid tribute to Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Beverly Kearney and the heroic Tuskegee Airmen.
Gabrielle Union, who played host for the fourth year in a row, kept the crowd entertained with endless jokes and her jaw dropping wardrobe changes that only got better as the night went on.
The Fab Empire was on hand to get a sneak peek of some of the hottest red carpet looks and to find out what go-to spots celebs like to hit up when they come to the District.
Both Rocsi of BET’s 106 & Park and Anthony Hamilton confessed that Ben’s Chili Bowl and Georgetown shopping is an absolute must for them.
“The Intermix in D.C. is the best in the whole entire country,” Rocsi dished.
Ledisi expressed her love for Busboys & Poets, while Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond revealed that she likes to take in the historic sites of D.C. while visiting her family in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
Georgetown professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who is responsible for taking the history of Jay-Z from the music charts to the classroom, said he would also like to teach courses on everyone from Lauryn Hill to Beyonce, to Aretha Franklin to Stevie Wonder. Summing up that there’s “too many artists and not enough classroom discussion.”
Kelly Rowland, who paid tribute to Mariah Carey, cited her favorite D.C. moment was on the F.A.M.E tour with Chris Brown when they played “Doing Da Butt” for her set and the crowd went crazy.
“It was so much fun because go-go is a big thing here,” said Kelly. “I just love the spirit of D.C.”
Filled with surprises ranging from an appearance by Nick Cannon and one of dem babies to First Lady Michelle Obama honoring Maya Angelou, the night of excellence was surely one to remember.