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Beyonce

PISSED Over Lauryn Hill

Diss at BET Awards

7/2/2012 7:35 AM PDT UPDATED: 7/2/2012 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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1:00 PM PT -- Mindless Behavior
just apologized for the diss, tweeting, "We meant no disrespect to our girl Lauryn Hill last night, it was a bad joke. We're big fans and hope you're not mad!"

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Beyonce wasn't laughing when a boy band DISSED Lauryn Hill at last night's BET Awards ... in fact, Bey was so upset, she changed her acceptance speech (on the fly) to HONOR the former Fugee.

So let's start with The Diss -- Comedian Mike Epps and the group Mindless Behavior were co-presenting the award for Best R&B Artist when Mike jokingly tried to sing.

One of the members of the group quipped, "You sing BAD ... like Lauryn Hill's tax accountant bad."

The diss drew gasps from the crowd ... and pissed off Beyonce, who ultimately WON the award that was being presented.  

But TMZ has learned ... B was so upset, she scrapped the speech she had prepared and defended Lauryn's honor instead ... saying, "I want to thank all the talented R&B women that came before me like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige."

When B walked off stage, there was a woman waiting for her -- possibly a BET handler -- and B began to vent about the insult, saying the Lauryn Hill diss was "disrespectful" and "not cool."

The woman complimented Beyonce for adding Lauryn Hill's name to her acceptance speech ... to which Beyonce replied, "I just felt [the diss] was wrong."

We called Beyonce's rep for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Prettybaby    

What did she expect from the BET's?! People on their best behavior?! Pfft!

787 days ago
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CJ    

Thank baby Jesus they weren't white!

787 days ago
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whocares    

Black people make me LOL

787 days ago
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Jayla    

Queen Bouncy has spoken. Yawn.

787 days ago
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Chrisaustin316    

Dissing her accountant and dissing her are two completely different things.... Dissing her over the issue is saying it's all her fault. Dissing her accountant is saying it WASNT her fault and she simply hired/trusted the wrong jackass.... Don't see Beyonce's problem... Prolly all the hormones from breastfeeding.

787 days ago
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PG    

Yawn.

787 days ago
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missycheeky    

she had a speech ready???? so she KNEW she was going to win???? what a farce these awards are

787 days ago
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jokerchick    

KK should've been beaten to death for being there...wtf was that no talent, no rhythm c u n t even doing there? trying to be down, bytch please

787 days ago
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Nunya    

I'm pissed she showed up in that dry ass wig!

787 days ago
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Deven    

I like Beyonce... after Kanye got up on stage during Taylor Swift's speech, she gave Taylor her speech time instead.

787 days ago
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Over it!    

The BET Awards was a big diss! Most of the performances was muted due to vulgar lyrics from the rap artists.
BET has gone down to a new level of low. Is this award show has become low budget.
The tribute to Whinety Houston was the only high light of the evening because it wasn't muted.
Way to go Ms. Less!

787 days ago
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Bad Dog    

lol she got mad because they made fun of a tax accountant? You would think she would be more upset at having to be near Kim Kartrashian

787 days ago
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Virtual Insanity    

He wasn't showing disrespect to Lauryn Hill by saying her accountant sucked. Her accountant did suck. In fact, he was taking some of the responsibility off Lauryn's Hill's shoulders (which I would not have done...nor would you, TMZ).

786 days ago
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JRT9584    

"all of the talented women that came before me."
B, you weren't and aren't really all that talented.

786 days ago
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how lame    

Goof for Beyonce. Lauryn hill made good music.

786 days ago
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