Sorry, Oscars — but the BET Awards are one of our favorite carpets of the year. It's not every show that you get to see Michael B. Jordan and BlocBoy JB under the same roof, you know? And you damn sure won't see Anita Baker and Nicki Minaj brush shoulders anywhere else, either. (Okay, that one didn't happen yet, but it could.)
The BET Awards also double as a living, breathing testament to the multifaceted nature of Black beauty. Take the ponytail, for instance. Attendees like Chloe Bailey and Janelle Monáe gave the most basic hairstyle in history a fresh new makeover, thanks to wire accessories and a whole lot of bundles (respectively). Ahead, see some of the most glorious textured takes on the style, ahead.
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Chloe Bailey (left) wrapped her ponytail in wire, making the case for Hollywood's favorite accessory of the moment.
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Ella Mai's center-parted, textured waves (and her glossy red lip) made our hearts go ba-dum, boo'd up.
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Janelle Monáe's pony, accented with a few strategically-placed tendrils, was magnificent — but still didn't distract from her glorious Pride gown.
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"I have so much hair," Skai Jackson said on her Instagram Story before the ceremony. We wish we had that problem.
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"We giving poison ivy vibes," Claudia Jordan described of her envy-inducing look.