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2009 BET Awards Red Carpet

Shaun Harrison
1 of 16 Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

Beyoncé adds a splash of color to an already bright red carpet in a flirty minidress.

2 of 16 Arnold Turner/

Ne-Yo keeps it casual and dapper — as always. The year of the gentleman indeed.

3 of 16 Jean Baptiste Lacroix/


Alicia Keys shows off some attitude — and a lot of leg — for the photographers on the red carpet.
4 of 16 Maury Phillips/


Kanye West dressed way down (for him anyway) in jeans and workboots, but Amber Rose, his space-mannequin/girlfriend, adds some visual interest to the proceedings.
5 of 16 Maury Phillips/


Star Trek hottie Zoe Saldana, who presented with the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, beamed up sex appeal in this white peekaboo getup.
6 of 16 Arnold Turner/


Heroes's Jimmy Jean-Louis (can't remember the last time we saw The Haitian) steps out in a photo-negative tuxedo.
7 of 16 Maury Phillips/

Is it possible? Tyra Banks looks... frumpy? She would never allow it on Top Model.

8 of 16 Arnold Turner/


Omarosa and Niecy Nash are all smiles for the cameras, but wouldn't you love to see these two hellcats throw down?
9 of 16 Maury Phillips/

Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson rocks a harder edge in a sexy one-shoulder black gown.

10 of 16 Arnold Turner/

Tyrese Gibson indicates who da man is: his Baby Boy director John Singleton.

11 of 16 Arnold Turner/


Ciara, who sang Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" on the show, poses for the photographers in this wine-colored strapless number.
12 of 16 Arnold Turner/


Lil Mama wasn't afraid to drag out the old crimping iron, but is it too much to ask for a little lip gloss? She'd be poppin'.
13 of 16 Maury Phillips/


Humanitarian-award honoree Wyclef Jean pairs a graphic jacket with what looks to be his favorite pair of jeans.
14 of 16 Maury Phillips/

A smiley Tatyana Ali is a golden girl for the shutterbugs.

15 of 16 Maury Phillips/


Chaka Khan schooled songbirds Estelle and LeToya Luckett on stage, but on the carpet, she's every woman.
16 of 16 Maury Phillips/


Akeelah and the Bee star Keke Palmer showed on some vocal chops, riffing on the Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You" while presenting an award with Anthony Anderson and Bobb'e J. Thompson.