“Destiny” was the name of the game at last night’s BET Awards.
Between the reunion of a former female supergroup, and a team-up that gave new meaning to the word “dream,” viewers were treated to history in the making.
The magic was evident right up front, as Jennifer Hudson opened the show with her “Dreamgirls” show-stopper, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” But when Jennifer Holliday stepped on stage to join Hudson on the song she made famous over twenty years ago, things were taken to a whole new level.
“It was like, you know, goose pimples,” said Queen Latifah, when she described the performance to Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson. “I mean, to see Jennifer Holliday up there killing the song twenty-something years later like she just recorded it…and doing it with Jennifer Hudson, who puts a new spin on the song — it was just wonderful!”
Latifah confessed that she heard about the surprise five minutes before it occured, and scrambled to find a good spot to see it happen.
“No one has captured that yet,” she gushed. “BET captured it, amazing.”
That wasn’t the only thing BET “captured” last night. Destiny’s Child was reborn — if only briefly — when Beyonce and Michelle Williams joined Kelly Rowland for a surprise reunion onstage.
“It felt good, it felt so good,” Rowland told Access afterwards. “I’m most proud of the fact that Destiny’s Child is able to do things away from each other and with each other. That’s the best feeling.”
And while Rowland has a solo album dropping on July 3, she doesn’t rule out a future date with “Destiny.”
“Anything could happen,” she teased.
But fans probably shouldn’t get too excited yet. Kelly has her rising solo career to focus on, and Michelle has an ongoing role in Chicago’s production of “The Color Purple.”
As for Beyonce, she’s looking forward to getting back on her world tour after having had a relaxing vacation in the South of France.
And while she’ll be celebrating her birthday on tour in Los Angeles, Beyonce is especially excited about her July 6 stop in the great city of New Orleans.
“It’s going to be a special night,” she told Access before the awards show. “I have family from Louisiana. I did a lot of my album — the videos and some of my album — in New Orleans. It’s such a special place, and I’m happy it’s still alive, and everyone’s still excited to come back, and that it’s a magical place and that it’s not over.”