DJ Khaled may be in the running to be the king of getting everyone around him more excited than they ever knew they could be, Bruno Mars for sure has him beat. Sorry, Asahd–we support you wholeheartedly, but you just aren't Bruno Mars. I watched the BET Awards on my couch at home, and in the 6 and a half minutes that Bruno was on stage I felt like I was in a different world. A world where everyone walks around with a hype squad a wild as Mars and his Hooligans, and wears customized matching jerseys like them too. Seriously, I don't think it's possible to not have the time of your life around them–they just won't allow it.
Twice during his performance, Bruno brought the show to a stop when he didn't feel like the crowd was giving him back the energy he was putting out, saying, "This is the BET Awards. This is supposed to be the livest party of the year." After this, with the help of his team, Mars broke out some insanely contagious dance moves that made sure of the fact that no one would be left standing still. Being real, if your friends don't hype you up as much as Bruno's does, you need new friends.
In regards to crowd reaction, few other performers had the same effect as Bruno Mars did. Surprisingly, however, Future managed to come close with the help of a shock factor. The rapper took to BET Awards stage to perform his banger "Mask Off." The stage was adorned in a setup that resembled an old, well-decorated mansion that most likely has a few ghosts hanging out here and there. Future's dancers accompanied him on stage all wearing black hooded cloaks which they soon removed, leaving them dancing in black masquerade masks. As the performance went on, the dancers created a line in front of a stage prop which appears to be a window.
Here's where the story gets crazy. When the girls divide their line, Kendrick Lamar appears. Wow, magic, I know. Kendrick was featured on the "Mask Off" remix, and upon his emergence the crowd went absolutely insane. That's pretty much how you win the game; I mean, Kendrick is basically the equivalent to a draw four card in UNO. No one in the room that night is going to be able to forget the sound of the crowd roaring when Kendrick came out to make this such an iconic performance.
Bruno, Kendrick, and Future were certainly able to keep everyone watching them entertained–but that can't be said about Mary J. Blige's performance of songs "Set Me Free" and "Love Yourself." Understandably, an R&B artist will not have the same crowd reaction as a rapper. Blige's music is geared to a much different crowd than Future's, and even Bruno Mars'. The thing about this performance in particular, though, is that she also had a special guest: rapper A$AP Rocky.
So, she had the sounds for R&B fans, and Rocky for rap fans–and yet the performance was so dry it actually had people dozing off in the crowd. At 3:31 in the video below, you can see Bruno himself getting a little droopy eyed. Watching this, I had flashbacks to the alarming amount of the times I've tried and failed to stay awake in 9:00 am lectures. Of course, there was no disrespect meant to either performer, that's just how it is sometimes.