The Last Word Anniversary: Halfway Through '09 Awards
Once again, the clock strikes Friday and the weekend calls.
This month marks another year of Last Word being around to give you something
to talk about. Shout out to everybody who regularly checks in (the real
sounding boards) as well as those who stop by every blue moon and those who,
like, dont like it cuz they just dont like it. Thanks to the big boss lady
for letting me do what I do with this. It is appreciated.
And with that, heres something different for this week.
Awards for the people who made an impact in the first half of 2009 with some
runners up to boot. Strictly entertainment in keeping with Last Word M.O. Nothing
too serious to think on.
This is the first-ever LW Awards for the week ending June
Ike Turner Chick You Betta Not Check My Cell Phone
Winner: Chris Brown
Was there any real competition for this honor? Breezy is the
obvious winner after his alleged pre-Grammy beating of Rihanna took him off
most peoples most likable guy list. And with his case going to trial likely
(not to mention talk of death threats), it will be interesting to see if he can
come out of this in one piece. But Brown is back in the studio working on a new
album so anything is possible. In the future, Ashanti will handpick the crooner to co-star
in a big screen remake of The Wiz. The
songbird will transition from Broadway to the movie theater as Dorothy. Brown
will fill Michael Jackson's shoes as the Scarecrow, Wesley Snipes replaces
Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man and Ja Rule comes aboard as the Cowardly Lion.
Rounding out the cast will be Alicia Keys as Glinda the Good Witch, Fantasia as
the Wicked Witch and Dave Chappelle, who will make his long-awaited comeback as
The Wiz. All in an effort to
prove that you too can walk away from a multi-million dollar set up to do your
part to help someone worse off than you clean up his act.
Make a Wish Foundation Award
Winner: Flavor Flav
Runners up: Ray J
and New York
It was a tough decision, but Flav took it by a narrow
margin. How else can you explain why the Public Enemy hype man got a chance to
pick from 20 women? Could it be VH1s attempt to help a former A-list celebrity
regain his swag on the way to the D-list Hall of Shame? And with the ladies
doing whatever to win Flavs heart, I guess love truly is blind.
In the future, Flavor Flav will eventually realize he is
meant to spend his quality time with his Surreal Life/Strange Love flame Brigitte Nielsen, who has retired from
molesting younger men. Look for VH1 to chronicle their renewed romance (and New
Yorks attempt to sabotage the union) in the networks upcoming celebreality
series Alls Fair in Love and Flav.
Silk E. Johnson Lifetime Hater Award
Winner: Etta James
Much respect to Ms. James for being a singing legend. But
even legends carry hate on occasion. Especially when someone else sings your
signature song (At Last) on the night the President is sworn into office.
You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song
she's gonna get her a whipped, Etta said in February. The
great Beyoncé ... But I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there,
singing up there on a big ol' Presidents Day ... singing my song that I've
been singing forever."
Tough words from the lady who later claimed the remarks were
said in jest. In the future, Etta James will headline Wrestlemania 26 in a no-holds barred last diva standing match
against Beyoncé. The winner will headline the I Was Only Joking When I Whipped
Your Ass tour, along with the winner of the Mashonda vs. Alicia Keys cage
smackdown, who will serve as the opening act for the outing.
R. Kelly Teflon Award (aint nothing sticking to him/her)
Winner: Jamie Foxx
He may have lost some fans with controversial comments on
Miley Cyrus, but Foxx has remained untouchable in the eyes of people who count
him among their favorite entertainers. Add that to the success of his latest
album, Intuition and kissing and palming
the backside of Halle Berry at a recent awards show, and 2009 has treated Jamie
pretty good. In short, just blame it on the talent. A little humor and
confidence goes a long way.
17 Minutes of Fame Award
Winner: Ray J
Again, another tight race, but the committee has spoken.
Every hot single that arrives every two or three years is another minute of
fame added on for Brandys little brother. And with another season of For the Love of Ray J set, it looks like Mr. Norwood could add another 2
¾ minutes to the mix. Hopefully without the chart-topping theme music.
Runner-up: New York
Once again, VH1 continues to play fairy godmother to those
in need of a glass slipper. Two shots at Flav, a show to find somebody special
and another to let America pick your next job? Can the next gig be a normal
life for New York? Im just sayin. No more drama (queens), please.
In the future, Ray J will team up with Flavor Flav for their
highly-anticipated Best of Both Worlds project called The Real Life aka Whats
Love Got To Do With It?
Rick Ross/Lil Wayne Everyday Im Hustlin Award
Winner: Tyler Perry
Spike Lee may have a problem with Tyler Perrys TV shows,
but you cant deny the fact that the entertainment mogul is constantly working
on something to keep the dough coming in. Whether its House of Payne, Meet the Browns or movies featuring his most popular character,
Madea, Tyler has overcome a lot to get to where hes at. Not even an alleged
stalker could throw him off making an impact in front of the camera or behind
the scenes with his own entertainment studio.
In the future, Tyler Perrys next movie will feature Beyoncé
with T-Pain on the soundtrack. It will be called Diary of a Burned Out
Swagga Like Bey Award
From the synchronized dance moves to the metal costume and
gloves, it could be said that Ciara is doing her best to channel Beyoncé. Then
again, the same could be said for most female singers out now. Everybody wants
to be like Mrs. Carter. The only thing is it may never ever ever happen since
Beyoncé herself has been known to steal bits and pieces of somebody's technique
for her own purposes. But hey, if it works, it works. In the future, Ciara and
everyone else influenced by Beyoncé will hit the road for what will be known as
the Me, Myself and Imitators tour. Opening acts to be announced in the coming
Im a Star, But They Still Dont Know Who I Am Award
Winner: Taraji P.
Oscar-nominated (for best supporting actress in The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but has
fallen victim to the Oscar curse. Will somebody give this lady a chance to
shine again? Im a fan and I need to see more of her.
WTF Did You Put That Remix Out/Something to Talk About
Winner: Keri Hilson
for the Turnin Me On remix
With a hit single(Turnin Me On) and healthy buzz for her
debut album, Keri was starting to get the props she deserved after being in the
background for so long. Then the Turnin Me On remix leaked and everything
shifted. They say any publicity is good publicity and nothing sells records
like controversy. But seemingly taking indirect shots at Beyoncé and Ciara and
having to do damage control to smooth things over seemed to be more energy than
it was worth. Still, Miss Keri came hard on it and is still doing her thing as
she has a hit album to her credit.
Riches to Rags Award
Do I really need to explain why? If you dont know by now