How the BET Awards Red Carpet Looked 10 Years Ago

A lot has changed over the past 10 years, but the BET Awards red carpet in 2009 wasn’t as different as you might think.

Celebrities like Beyoncé, Ciara and Kanye West — who all may be even bigger stars today than they were back then — attended the award show. With Michael Jackson having passed away just days earlier, A-listers gave heartfelt tributes to the King of Pop, including host Jamie Foxx.

Of course, Beyoncé brought her fashion A-game to the red carpet. The Adidas collaborator turned heads in a multicolored, sparkly Balmain minidress, which she teamed with purple T-strap sandals and oversized teal hoops.

Beyonce Knowles9th Annual BET Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Jun 2009This year’s annual Black Entertainment Television awards were changed at the last minute to become a tribute ceremony to honour the late singer Michael Jackson, who collapsed and died last week (Thurs 25th June).Members of the famous Jackson family led the tributes and there was even an appearance from his infamous father Joseph.A Jackson 5 medley was performed and host Jamie Foxx even tried his hand (or should that be feet?) at doing the Moonwalk before Janet Jackson held back the tears to give thanks to all her brother’s friends and fans.Guests attending, some of whom gave their own remembrance speeches, included Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, Estelle and Chaka Khan.The family are currently calling for a second autopsy on Michael’s body because of what they called “unanswered questions” concerning the cause of his death.
Beyoncé in Balmain.
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Cassie also got the minidress memo, wowing in a little black dress with cut-out detailing and long sleeves. For shoes, the singer wore edgy black zip-up booties that folded over. She gave a nod to Jackson with her look, wearing a glove on one hand in remembrance of the pop icon.

Cassie9th Annual BET Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Jun 2009This year’s annual Black Entertainment Television awards were changed at the last minute to become a tribute ceremony to honour the late singer Michael Jackson, who collapsed and died last week (Thurs 25th June).Members of the famous Jackson family led the tributes and there was even an appearance from his infamous father Joseph.A Jackson 5 medley was performed and host Jamie Foxx even tried his hand (or should that be feet?) at doing the Moonwalk before Janet Jackson held back the tears to give thanks to all her brother’s friends and fans.Guests attending, some of whom gave their own remembrance speeches, included Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, Estelle and Chaka Khan.The family are currently calling for a second autopsy on Michael’s body because of what they called “unanswered questions” concerning the cause of his death.
Cassie in an edgy black minidress.
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Elsewhere, Ciara wore a ruched brown midi dress with a strapless neckline and a ruffle along one side. The “1,2 Step” songstress completed her look with suedelike platform sandals from Christian Louboutin.

Ciara9th Annual BET Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Jun 2009This year’s annual Black Entertainment Television awards were changed at the last minute to become a tribute ceremony to honour the late singer Michael Jackson, who collapsed and died last week (Thurs 25th June).Members of the famous Jackson family led the tributes and there was even an appearance from his infamous father Joseph.A Jackson 5 medley was performed and host Jamie Foxx even tried his hand (or should that be feet?) at doing the Moonwalk before Janet Jackson held back the tears to give thanks to all her brother’s friends and fans.Guests attending, some of whom gave their own remembrance speeches, included Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, Estelle and Chaka Khan.The family are currently calling for a second autopsy on Michael’s body because of what they called “unanswered questions” concerning the cause of his death.
Ciara in a brown dress with Louboutin heels.
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Meanwhile, Kanye stepped out alongside then-girlfriend Amber Rose. The Yeezy creative director wore gray jeans with Timberland boots. His girlfriend sported a white dress with pink sandals on a slim stiletto heel.

Amber Rose and Kanye West9th Annual BET Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Jun 2009This year’s annual Black Entertainment Television awards were changed at the last minute to become a tribute ceremony to honour the late singer Michael Jackson, who collapsed and died last week (Thurs 25th June).Members of the famous Jackson family led the tributes and there was even an appearance from his infamous father Joseph.A Jackson 5 medley was performed and host Jamie Foxx even tried his hand (or should that be feet?) at doing the Moonwalk before Janet Jackson held back the tears to give thanks to all her brother’s friends and fans.Guests attending, some of whom gave their own remembrance speeches, included Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, Estelle and Chaka Khan.The family are currently calling for a second autopsy on Michael’s body because of what they called “unanswered questions” concerning the cause of his death.
Amber Rose and Kanye West in Timberland boots.
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Other stars at the event included Zoe Saldana, Tyra Banks and Alicia Keys.

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