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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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76.

Crystal    

I don't care if he was talking about the accountant or Lauryn, stay out of grown folks business. Also, he needs to worry about his own accountant.

813 days ago
77.

Christian    

Lauryn Hill admitted in court that SHE was responsible for not filing the tax returns and she did it on purpose....her accountant had nothing to do with it. Kids say the darndest things

813 days ago
78.

Carl    

Peter Griffin said it best: "Who... the hell....cares!"

813 days ago
79.

kerrplunk    

Pissed off, or pissed on.... You be the judge.

813 days ago
80.

charley    

It is funny....Lauren admits she didnt file on purpose...so what the phk is beyonces problem?

813 days ago
81.

charley    

Beyonce is a fool...why is it okay to make fun of white people that do thae same thing as lauren, but no one can say crap about a tax cheat that didnt pay her taxes for three years and on purpose, ...because shes black...get the phk ovet the black thing..if a white person did the same thing theyd get the same years in prison....look at Richard Hatch!

813 days ago
82.

Liz from Australia     

If all these 'stars" paid their taxes they wouldn't get 'dissed'. Please...... These people have millions of dollars and are too CHEAP to pay their taxes. The more money you have the tighter your fist gets. Its pathetic.

813 days ago
83.

JazzyK    

Hill went into district court and pled guilty to "PURPOSELY not filing 3 years of tax returns" when she had earned $1.8 mil. And Beyonce is pissed for what now? Sounds like she might be guilty of the same IJS!

813 days ago
84.

JazzyK    

CRICKETS

813 days ago
85.

Ceepia    

If Lauryn had an accountant the comment would be appropriate and funny. My guess is (haven't been following Lauryn's tax woes) she didn't have an accountant. I give Lauryn all the accolades in the world for what she did musically. However, if she believed she was going to escape paying taxes that's plain foolish. We all know there are two things in life that we must do, pay taxes and die. Leave the boy alone Be!

813 days ago
86.

nORRis8    

Poor tree-trunk legs. Had a hissy fit.

813 days ago
87.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Beyonce: Don't get pissed write Lauryn a CHECK!!!

813 days ago
88.

Gigohead     

Yeah Beyonce, gotta stand up for a person who doesn't pay taxes for policeman, firemen, garbage men, bridges, tunnels, teachers, etc...(roll eyes)

813 days ago
89.

tamarind    

Someone made a joke about how Lauryn Hill didn't pay her ****ing taxes for years, and Beyonce finds this "disrespectful"? First off, it was kinda funny. Second, Lauryn had it coming. Third, way to stick up for another "richer" - specifically, one who's just been exposed for tax fraud. What a dumb bitch.
Finally, this is just my own personal desire, but -
Please, just **** off permanently, Beyonce. GO AWAY.

813 days ago
90.

TarynB    

I'm not a Beyonce fan but I have to give her her props. She can't stand to see anyone disrespected, especially when they deserve their Kudos.

813 days ago
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