Then how can Drake without having an album out, win hip-hop artist of the year? I could understand next year him winning it (but then again BET will want to give the award to either Wayne or TI as they will both be home, I already know this). He has a buzz, that's cool but hip-hop artist of the year GTFOH. This is what i mean about the awards not having any weight. It's like there is no committee which is truly measuring the depth and weight of the artists and songs in each given category.
The third reason they don't matter is that people randomly refuse to show up unless they are trying to regain some street or urban credibility. Just look at how many years Usher went between performing. Notice how often Jay-z and Beyonce don't show up at all because this isn't important to them. However, guess who shows up to the Grammy's and AMA's?
The final reason that the BET awards don't matter to me is because I continuously see how little regard half of the urban acts of today have for their live performances. They don't edit their verses and curse with reckless abandon, they haven't practiced and lack breath control or just plain show how terrible they actually sound while singing. As something to pass the time, I guess you could do worse than the BET awards but for me it's just an annoyance at times, but it isn't a true measure of greatness by any means.