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What Was The Biggest Surprise At Sunday's BET Awards?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, Killa Cal Wayne, Kiotti, Mac, Yung Chill, C-Stone

Not Invited: Kurt Loder

This Week's Prompt: The BET Awards were Sunday night. What, if anything, was the biggest surprise of the evening?

Kiotti: Two things: Mary as the opening act. The promo was top secret, like Nicki and Kim were gonna pull a Madonna and Britney. Secondly, I watched TV to watch Beyonce on a TV. She was mid-concert! She got paid to do a free show. Respect.

Killa Cal Wayne: Why wasn't I on the awards. Cee-Lo had the best performance (true entertainer), Big Sean was wack; looks like Fab, sounds like Drake. Why no one from Houston was on except Beyonce. And it didn't seem like everyone was down with YMCMB*.

*YMCMB = Young Money and Cash Money Billionaires This is an especially astute observation. Their reception was, at times, a bit chilly, similar to how you'd greet a group of rich, entitled kids you didn't entirely like.

Mac: Beyonce not performing live at the awards was an upsetting surprise. And the size of Free's* buttocks was a surprise.

*Free is a BET staple. Her butt is, to put it delicately, large. Several thousand unsavory comments popped up on Twitter each time she was shown.

C-Stone: The Five Heartbeats, hands down.

Yung Chill: Chris Brown's gigantic NHL knee pads.

Bun B: Karmin. Because it was the BET awards.

Slim Thug: How fine Evelyn* [Lozada's] daughter is.

*Evelyn is a person from the reality TV show Basketball Wives.

Everyone Who Was Asked: I didn't watch it. I had a show/was working on music/do not appreciate that sort of television program.

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