Today marks the end of an era. It’s the last televised episode of BET’s iconic music video countdown show, 106 and Park. From here on out, 106 will appear online only. “The livest audience on television” is now a thing of the past, but the excitement which earned that title came just as much from what happened between videos than the videos themselves.
In honor of 106 and Park coming to an end, AllHipHop.com has gone back to the beginning and put together a list of the ten best moments in the history of the show.
10). Michelle Williams Falls: In 2004, Destiny’s Child appeared on 106 to perform their smash-hit “Soldier.” The most notable part of the performance though was right when the trio went on stage and Michelle Williams took a fall.
09). Bow Wow Kisses Tyra Banks: During his teen years, Bow Wow ruled 106 and Park. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he was crowned “Mr. 106 and Park” due to racking up the most #1 videos on the show. In 2013, things came full circle and Bow Wow became the host of the show which helped make him a star. And while his videos don’t rule the countdown like they did at one time, he did leave a lasting impression as host too when he locked lips with the stunning Tyra Banks.
08). Keisha Chante Upsets August Alsina: Despite being advised not to prior to the interview, Keshia Chante still proceeded to ask R&B singer August Alsina about his issues with Trey Songz. He then became so mad at her about it that he later apologized.
07). Kanye West and 50 Cent: It was on 106 and Park that Mr. West and Mr. Jackson announced that their albums would be going head-to-head on September 11, 2007. When the first week sales came in, Kanye was victorious and Graduation outsold Curtis by a little over 250,000 units.
06). First Lady Michelle Obama Visits 106 and Park:
When Michelle Obama appeared on the show, she was shown the utmost respect (and rightfully so). Her time on the air was a great balance of fun questions with positive messages.
05). Lil Wayne Kisses Birdman: With all the current tension in the Cash Money Camp, memories of happier times within the crew seem to be fading further and further away. The picture of Birdman and Weezy kissing years ago got a lot of attention, but some people forget that Wayne kissed him on TV too. It was obvious no one expected to see what they saw.
04). The Announcement of Michael Jackson’s Death: When a show is live, anything is possible and there are few examples that rival the intensity of 106’s hosts at the time, Rocsi and Terrence J, finding out about Michael Jackson’s death while at work and on the air in June 2009.
03). Rocsi Walks Off: A very memorable moment in 106 and Park history is when Terrence was taking shots at Rocsi, and she ended up walking out because of it. Terrence then used an audience member to be his co-host in order close out the show.
02). Jin Dominates “Freestyle Friday”: One of the things that made 106th and Park so memorable were the weekly “Freestyle Friday” competitions. It not only put a spotlight on aspiring emcees, but it also provided a national platform for battle rapping. And of all the talent that was showcased, no one left a more lasting impression than Jin. He was such a standout that his undefeated streak even earned him a deal with Ruff Ryders Entertainment.
01). Aaliyah’s Last Interview: The poorly received recent television biopic about Aaliyah made many of her fans cherish this even more – her final televised interview which took place only days prior to her fatal plane crash.
What’s your favorite moment in the history of 106 and Park? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!