11 of the biggest fashion faux pas celebrities have made at the BET Awards over the years

Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Cedric the Entertainer at the BET Awards over the years.L. Cohen and Gregg DeGuire/WireImage, Getty Images

  • The 2022 BET Awards took place on Sunday and saw celebrities celebrate Black entertainment.

  • Since its inception in 2001, attendees have worn wild and unique outfits to the ceremony.

  • Here are the biggest faux pas celebrities have made on the red carpet over the years.

At the first-ever BET Awards in 2001, Musiq Soulchild arrived in a busy T-shirt which was too casual for the red carpet.

Musiq Soulchild arrives during the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001.

Musiq Soulchild arrives during the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001.Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Wearing a yellow-and-green T-shirt with red, green, and yellow lamps printed on it, Musiq Soulchild attended the 2001 BET Awards in a very casual look. He wore the top with olive-green leather pants and brown sunglasses.

While the musician can be forgiven for misjudging the dress code as it was the first-ever ceremony, his look would have been better suited for the red carpet if he’d experimented with a more tailored look or wore a matching olive-green leather shirt.

At the 2003 awards, rapper Da Brat look for outfit inspiration from Spongebob Squarepants and even had a matching lunchbox.

Da Brat during the 3rd Annual BET Awards in 2003.

Da Brat during the 3rd Annual BET Awards in 2003.SGranitz/WireImage for BET Entertainment

In a look that can only be described as iconic, Da Brat wore a Spongebob Squarepants-themed tracksuit with white sneakers and a matching lunchbox to the 2003 BET Awards.

With images of the sponge character on each leg of her pants and smaller cartoons on her hoodie, the rapper paired the humorous look with a Spongebob lunchbox and a colorful scrunchie tower.

While the look was certainly entertaining, it was more like a costume than red-carpet glamour.

That same year, Cedric The Entertainer wore a head-to-toe pink linen suit that was creased and oversized.

Cedric The Entertainer poses during the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001.

Cedric The Entertainer poses during the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001.Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

While Cedric The Entertainer broke free of the black, blue, and white suits male celebrities were typically drawn to in the ’00s, the pink linen number with ruffles and scalloped lapels appeared slightly too big for the comedian. A bolder color and a shorter cut would have elevated this look.

Usher wore an all-white suit and a pair of sunglasses that did not go with the look for the second-ever BET Awards in 2002.

Usher, winner for Best Male R&B Artist during The 2nd Annual BET Awards - Gallery at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States.

Usher, winner of Best Male R&B Artist during the 2nd Annual BET Awards at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States.L. Cohen/WireImage

Usher’s 2002 BET Awards white outfit did not pair well with the brown sunglasses or pink tie. While the look was likely a product of its time, it could have been improved by removing the shades, and swapping out the pink tie for a brown one to tie the look together.

The singer wore a similar yet heightened version of the white suit to the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, in a head-to-toe satin look.

Nicki Minaj attended the 2001 awards with an awkward hairstyle and clashed her skintight pink dress with green patterned leggings.

Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.Getty Images

In 2011, Nicki Minaj wore a skin-tight striped pink minidress with ruffles on the shoulders and hem. She paired the dress with patterned green leggings, black boots, and a domed wig which made for a slightly juvenile look when paired together.

The rapper could have simplified the busy look by removing the leggings or swapping them out for black tights.

In 2015, Gabrielle Union and Laverne Cox arrived onstage to present an award in the exact same outfit.

Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union speak onstage during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union speak onstage during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union presented the award for Best Actor at the 2015 BET Awards in the exact same outfit, which may have been part of a deliberate skit, as reported by Mail Online.

Whether intentional or not, the pair wore a white maxi gown with a thigh-high slit, side-cut outs, and a gold belt. Both women accessorized the look with gold bangles and sparkly heels.

Orlando Jones took color-blocking to a new extreme in a green, blue, and orange tailored look at the 2016 BET Awards.

Orlando Jones at the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Orlando Jones at the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Jones opted for a green shirt, blue blazer with a rust-orange pocket square, and rust-orange suit pants. The comedian completed his look with brown leather shoes and sunglasses which made the outfit busier.

Jones’ look could have been stronger if he focused on fewer colors that paired well with each other.

Sisters and musical duo Emaza Gibson and Saiyr Gibson left red-carpet glamour behind for comfortable Crocs.

Emaza Gibson and Saiyr Gibson of Ceraadi attend the 2019 BET Awards.

Emaza Gibson and Saiyr Gibson of Ceraadi attend the 2019 BET Awards.Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET

Ceraadi, a hip-hop duo formed by sisters Emaza Gibson and Saiyr Gibson, committed a red-carpet faux pas by wearing casual denim and camouflage looks with black bralettes along with Crocs and socks on their feet. Simply swapping out the Crocs for sneakers or baseball shoes would have completed their cool-girl aesthetic.

Fantasia Barrino wore a dress with sleeves that fans said looked like slings at the 2019 BET Awards.

Fantasia Barrino attends the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Fantasia Barrino attends the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California.Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

Singer and actress Fantasia Barrino looked beautiful in statement drop earrings and a white minidress with matching heels.

While the dress had some nice details such as a sheer panel over the neckline cutout and an embellished brooch in the center, the look was let down by the awkward sleeves, which disrupted the dress’ silhouette. According to Footwear News, fans thought Barrino had broken her arms and was wearing them in slings.

In 2013, Rick Ross performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards in a crushed-velvet tracksuit with the hoodie unzipped all the way.

Rick Ross performs during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Rick Ross performs during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.Chris McKay/WireImage

Rick Ross is known for his daring style, such as his iconic orange-and-brown Gucci look for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2013, the rapper missed the mark in a blue crushed velvet tracksuit with the hoodie unzipped all the way, a generous collection of gold chains, a gold watch, and black sunglasses.

The crushed velvet caught the lights during Ross’ performance in distracting ways. He could have improved the bold look by opting for a satin or leather fabric so that the vibrant color was the sole focus.

In 2006, Kelis attended the awards in a bronze minidress that looked scrunched up.

Kelis during 2006 BET Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California.

Kelis during 2006 BET Awards at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California.Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Kelis looked stunning at the 2006 BET Awards but her dress let down the overall look. The singer opted for a bronze asymmetric minidress with pleated edges but the confusing design made the dress look scrunched up.

The look would have suited Kelis more had it not been obstructed by the black belt and if it had a simpler silhouette so the focus was on the intricate pleats.

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