Recap: The 2013 BET Inaugural Gala Brings Out Black Celebs and Elite

BET did it! Hands down the best Inaugural party this weekend, the 2013 BET Inaugural Gala brought out celebs and the who’s who of Black America to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Why did we think it was the best Inaugural gala? Well, we went to plenty of balls each night and here’s why. For one, the ambiance of the Smithsonian museum was breathtaking. Complete with warm uplighting, eye-catching hanging fixtures, lounges on three different levels that provided music for young and older alike and plenty of food and drink to go around made the night easy. And when you’ve gotten all dolled up, you want your night to be easy.

There was never a long line at the bar, and if there was, Hennessy models with V.S. cocktails or glasses of Moet floated frequently throughout the crowd to whet your taste buds. There was also never a long line at the food stations, which featured salmon, stir fry, and other Asian-inspired delectables. And they didn’t run out of forks!

BET also brought everybody out from Gabrielle Union, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari-Parker, Lynn Whitfield, Wayne Brady, Kevin Liles, Omorosa, Wilmer Valderrama, Tatyana Ali, Patrick Ewing and more who celebrated the Inauguration of President Obama. Part of the “Hennessy V.S Inauguration Takeover,” the gala also hosted over 2,000 celebrities, D.C. socialites and political figures.

BET’s Stephen Hill with Gabrielle Union
Tatyana Ali
Hosea Chanchez
Nicole Ari-Parker and Boris Kodjoe
The Fab Empire’s Joi-Marie (right) with Sam Green
Kenya Moore

The evening also featured special performances from BBD, who performed their hits, “Poison” and “I Thought It Was Me,” along with Big Daddy Kane and MC Lyte. Still, my favorite performance was from Wayne Brady who freestyled atop of the iconic beatbox of Doug E. Fresh. And Jermaine Dupri took over the 1s and 2s.

BBD performs at the gala
MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane performing
Doug E. Fresh with Wayne Brady

The only suggestion we have is that a coat check be on both sides of the museum. If one entered the Smithsonian on the G Street side, you had to carry your coat through the party for it to be checked on the F Street side, which is kind of a pain. Otherwise, BET gets top dog in our book.