BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

The Oscars were a snooze. The MTV Movie Awards were a disgrace. The Bravo A-Lists were a farce. Thank God for the BETs. A great red carpet is made up of elegance, panache, star power and just a pinch of exhibitionism. And the BET Awards, held at LA's Shrine Auditorium last night, had it all, kids. Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union, Jordin Sparks and more stars than there are in the heavens...all after the jump.










The Good:

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

A little Van Lear Rose, a little 50's prom, a lot fab. Rihanna's short hair keeps this from going too sweet.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Let's give Terrence Howard the benefit of the doubt and assume that cane's functional, shall we? Because the man looks seriously dapper.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Crystal Alkin's dress is gorge.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

I gasped - I did! - when I saw Gabrielle Union's goddessy ensemble.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

I'm a sucker for anything 70s-inflected, but even so, this kind of dress can be hard to pull off. I'd argue that BET host Danella does so, in spades.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Khaki suits can be so Men's Wearhouse. It's a pleasure to see it done right, as actor Boris Kodjoe does here.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

I don't know how much longer this shape can tough it out, but Alicia Keys shows what it can do.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Maybe I get a vicarious thrill out of seeing people work lemon, since it makes me look like a plague victim. Trina's mini would be adorable in almost any bright, though.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Yeah it's kinda hiked up here, but Jordin Sparks' red number is a classic, classy choice.




The Bad:

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

From what I've observed, rapper MC Lyte is a pretty reliable red-carpet train-wreck. This is actually one of her better get-ups.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Given my fondness for jumpsuits, I almost gave Keri Hilson's lame iteration a pass. But the thing is, for a js to work there must be NO crotch-pulling. And the photographic evidence cannot be denied.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Ledisi's minidress is woefully unflattering. Nuff said, methinks.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Jennifer Hudson: I get the appeal of a structured dress. I do. But is it necessary for her to be strapped into armor on a weekly basis? It looks so uncomfortable - and doesn't seem to express any of the playfulness that makes her so appealing.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Solange Knowles has clearly inherited great genes, questionable taste.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

I'll say this for Omarosa: the woman's consistent.

The Ugly:

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

If I could choose a superpower, I think it would be mind-reading, if only so I could go inside rapper Jacki O's head and try to figure out what she was thinking when she selected this ensemble.

BET Awards Brought Out The Best Red Carpet Fashions Of 2008

Rapper Lil Mama: most frightening Strawberry Shortcake interpretation to come down the pipe yet!

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