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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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46.

Tom    

Do they have White Entertainment Television? Ah no, then it would be racist

782 days ago
47.

Bitch please    

Beyonce is uptight because she wishes she was white. Why did she used to tell her other group members to go tan huh. Shr wanted to be the whitest one of the bunch. It was proven too. Too bad for her she'll never be.

782 days ago
48.

Ash    

Ok they dissed Lauryn Hill. WOW..... B sit down on this one.

782 days ago
49.

Darogr    

Isn't that more like a "diss" to the tax accountant?

it's really a compliment to Hill because it implies she knew nothing about her tax cheating...which something tells me is not true.

782 days ago
50.

Rebecca    

WTF do those little boys know??? If Lauryn wasn't so crazy and made another album, she clown on them. smh what happened to good music?

782 days ago
51.

Hank    

what's the problem? They were making fun of her accountant, not Lauryn directly. Anyway, Lauryn has admitted to purposely not paying her taxes for several years, so it's not even her accountant's fault.

782 days ago
52.

Bitch please    

Barfonce needs to STFU! She sounds like a 50 years old humorless grandma. These people look like a ton of fun to hang out with, NOT!

782 days ago
53.

Bitch please    

Beyonce needs to sit this one down. She should sit down permanently. People are getting tired of you grandma B. Go raise your kid and stop tryung to be all sexy cause your not anymore.

782 days ago
54.

Who Knew    

Since when is the truth a diss. get over youself Beyonce.

782 days ago
55.

c    

Lauryn Hill deserves that and more. She admitted she did not file several years worth of tax returns ON PURPOSE. What, because she thinks she’s so damn special and only those of us who work for a living should have to pay taxes?? I don’t think so. **** Lauryn Hill and the huge ego she has for no reason.

782 days ago
56.

Rebecca    

okay I take back my last post. but Lauryn pleaded guilty taking full responsibility. So why are u guys hating??

782 days ago
57.

obama'saracist    

black entertainment television is racist and should be outlawed,there is no channel for white entertainment channel and if we had one jesse and al would throw a fit

782 days ago
58.

smorbie    

That's the second time I've heard of her doing something like that. Remember when she gave Taylor Swift her time at an awards show? I think Beyonce is one CLASS act. Rare these days. I wish her all the best. She's a good person.

782 days ago
59.

enzo    

these young kids don't even know what real music is. Should they be even allowed to make fun of other artist.

782 days ago
60.

Javadude54    

That joke was funny. Some people have no sense of humor.

782 days ago
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