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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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31.

LOLOL    

Kim K -Beyonce - Jay Z and Kanye were being nice attending the BET awards. They are clearly too good to be there at that low budget urban awards..lolololol

739 days ago
32.

juggalo 6    

Gay Z can go after Kayne but Mike Epps can't go after Lauren Hill?!?!?! WTF?!?!?! Pot, meet kettle.

739 days ago
33.

burnone423    

It was a joke Beyonce, that is all.

739 days ago
34.

Gatanegra    

Pay your bills so people don't have ammo against you. The fact is she plead guilty to tax evasion. Get it over it!

739 days ago
35.

elpablo    

Lauryn Hill is a crazy BITCH! Not to mention a racist. She has a clear problem with white people. A misguided one at that. Beyonce, I'm beginning to get the impression that she has a problem with race as well. Take for example when Kanye West stormed the stage on Taylor Swift. Yes, Beyonce invited her back on the stage later in the show, but over the next few days, she starts backing Kanye up saying that he was "sticking up for art" or something to that effect. So what, Taylor Swift's music isn't art? I'm not a Taylor Swift fan or anything, but that statement and that approach, seemed to have some racial undertones. Her getting so upset over a crazy racist loon, seems to back up the idea that Beyonce may have an issue with race as well.

739 days ago
36.

Anon    

It was scripted..the member didn't just come up with that. Don't blame it on the kids!!!!!!!!!!!

739 days ago
37.

KnuckleDragger    

Whenever one of these black awards shows come on...my dog walks over to the TV expecting chicken. Honestly...I never trained him to do that...it just came natural.

739 days ago
38.

Sunset Strip Dealer    

Great job Lauryn, any ****ting talking about the no talent stage show named Beyonce makes my day. Beyonce is a **** pile.

739 days ago
39.

mike hunt    

If anyone watches the video you can clearly tell that Beyonce is not pi$$ed. Not mad whatsoever. TMZ is all about the clicks.. Hence the miss appropriate headline.

739 days ago
40.

jecayla    

she got mad really okay i love her she is my idol but bet awards told ra rya to say that he didnt want to say iy

739 days ago
41.

AAAAAAAAAAb    

Pay your GD taxes and you wob't be the target of what was a funny ass joke! B? Give me a break! If you're so upset over the "diss", pay the woman's tax bill...problem solved.

739 days ago
42.

LCS27    

How many dead and injuried we had this year in this event?

739 days ago
43.

Like It Is    

Beyonce got some high yella THIN skin!

739 days ago
44.

Tierra    

No one has the right to be mad at Mindless Behavior. The joke was scripted and he was just reading what he was told. So if anyone wants to be mad, then be mad at BET. They are just kids so chill on them!

739 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Bey, you know what's not cool... not paying your taxes when you make millions, then admit to the IRS you tried to hustle them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars that can be used to pay the military personnel, fund the projects to fix the roads that your half a million dollar car drives on, or feed the kids in the public schools. But hey, that's all cool to you right?

739 days ago
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