My BET 2013

I’m back after a very busy but four fun filled days in LA covering the BET Awards. Arriving after an 11 hour flight on Thursday 27th June, we headed out to the infamous Hooters restaurant in Hollywood to grab some food. We then headed to Couture nightclub for a few hours just off the main Hollywood strip to check out the LA night time scene.

Friday was an extremely busy day as we headed towards the Staples/Nokia Theatre to pick up our credentials and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the late afternoon international party on the rooftop of the Marriott hotel. After relaxing there with a few cheeky free drinks we were given two GOLD free tickets to watch Beyonce at the Staples Centre next door. Not bad! Her performance was incredible as expected for the 1st show of her North American leg of her tour.

Leaving at 11pm, with the area being so busy, we got the Metro a few stops to Hollywood/Vine where the BET experience Kick Off Party was, hosted at the Drais Nightclub on the rooftop of the W Hotel complete with a pool. Celebrities in attendance were producer duo Da Internz, LoveRance, upcoming rapper Problem, Miley Cyrus who walked in behind us, and too many more to name.

Saturday was time for a bit of relaxation as the BET’s were the next day and we hadn’t stopped since we got there. We headed down to Santa Monica beach had some nice food at Bubba Gump’s and lay on the beach for a few hours.

Sunday was the day of the BET Awards. Arriving at 12.30pm to check in for the red carpet it was extremely hot around 34c. Luckily it started to cloud over as we were standing outside till 4pm. The first artist to walk down was Trinidad James, although he didn’t stop for many press and wasn’t looking too happy! I spoke to celebrities 2 Chainz, French Montana, Tyson Beckford, Bridget Kelly, Robert Townsend, Elijah Blake, Elephant Man, DJ Drama, Marsha Ambrosius, Jamie Foxx and more. We also spotted Pharrell, Chris Brown, J Cole, Neyo, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, Ashanti, Kendrick Lemar, Yo Gotti and Gabrielle Union.

The official after party was hosted at the Belasco Theatre a 5 minute drive for the Nokia Theatre where the awards were held. Nick Cannon, Jerimah, Problem and Chris Brown were all in attendance and set to perform. Other stars in attendance were Tyga, DJ Drama who did a set, Bridget Kelly, Elijah Blake and more. We partied there for a few hours and left around 2.30am as we had a flight to catch the next day.

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