THE FUGEES stunned the BET Awards in Hollywood last night (28JUN05) when the trio reformed to open the show with a 12-minute hits medley.

The group was rumoured to reunite for the prizegiving, but nothing was confirmed before the show.

Reclusive Lauryn Hill appeared dressed like a 1960s Diana Ross with a cropped and bobbed hairstyle, while Haitian bandmate Wyclef Jean got political with a vest that featured the logo 'Stop the violence in Haiti'.

Jean further thrilled the audience at the Kodak Theater when he left the stage to dance with the crowd during a rendition of the group's smash-hit READY OR NOT.

The hip-hop star said, "If you want another Fugees album let me see your hands in the air right now."

Meanwhile, Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who hosted the show, were introduced as "the president and first lady of black America" as they entered proceedings in a white horsedrawn carriage, heralded by an army of African drummers and dancers.

The Smiths set forth a list of ground rules to keep the black music awards "classy".

Will stated, "You don't need to come up here with all 15 people that you came with," leaving his wife to add, "There is a three-homeboy limit tonight. Period."

She added, "No bright suits and no gold goblets. This is not the Pimp of The Year Awards."

The couple later joked about their sex life during a candid moment on the show, when Jada revealed of her husband, "He likes me to spank him."

The first winners of the night were Destiny's Child, who claimed the Best Group honour, and Alicia Keys, who picked up the Best Female R+B Artist prize.

29/06/2005 03:05