Who all caught this year’s BET Awards on Sunday?
It was one hard to miss as all the performances and awards dished out were pretty much right on the money. Awarded the Best New Artist, Chance the Rapper received the Humanitarian Award, and was honored by Michelle Obama, Common and Jesse Williams followed by a remarkable speech; old-school folks like legends like Mary J. Blige, Tamar Braxton, Maxwell, Xscape, and New Edition (Lifetime Achievement Award winners) who all hit the stage for stellar performances. The long-running event had comic/ host Leslie Jones pulling out all the tricks out of her hat to keep the crowd going. With over 20 performances for the night, the newer artists like Bruno Mars with his expected energy, Kendrick Lamar, our girl SZA laid some phenomenal vocals, Future, Chris Brown, French Montana, Big Sean, Migos, Gucci Mane, and DJ Khaled all did their thing to really make this year’s show one of the best to date. Oh, and who could forget that take-me-back presentation by Xscape. The ladies of the 90s R&B group gave goosebumps and just nostalgic memories while performing a myriad of hits that all folks could remember jamming to at one point in their earlier lives. It was fantastic.
Influencing change, BET did a great job like they always do, to exhibit awareness of those lives lost most recently to police brutality and violence with the cast of the new Detroit movie coming on stage to present a preview of the upcoming film which highlights exactly that; also shouting out the names of some of the more notables who died at the hands of unjustice: Philando Castile. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. And Tamir Rice, who young actress Yara Shahidi showed remembrance to, would have actually been turning 15 on Sunday (June 25). Not to mention, the rousing tributes made to those lives lost this year in Hip Hop and R&B music, rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep who died last week from complications to sickle cell, George Michael – an old school favorite, and legendary guitarist Chuck Berry.
While there were tons of great rappers in the house and on the nominee, Kendrick Lamar took home Best Male Hip Hop Artist – highly deserving; and he also joined Future on his performance of “Mask Off”. Breaking a 7-year winning streak for the Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Remy Ma took home the crown in that arena, reminding those with similar pasts that it is possible to make mistakes and come back bigger and better.
The whole night was a pretty decent spectacle.
Leading up to the main event though, we need not forget all the hype built up prior to showtime as the party at BET Experience at L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® happened with epic performances from some who didn’t get to perform on the main night’s stage, folks like ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty and Young Thug, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Rapper Lil Yachty kicked off the night with tracks from his debut album Summer Songs , then handed the mic off to Young Thug for “Pick Up The Phone”, “Wyclef Jean” and “Digits”. Hip-hop’s hottest trio Migos, who also performed on Sunday took to the stage on Saturday too and had the crowd singing every word to “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt”. The dynamic duo Rae Sremmurd was next on deck and hyped the packed house with bangers “Black Beatles” and “No Type”. Hip-hop pioneer Gucci Mane shut it down with “Slippery” and “Lemonade”, with ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky capping off the night with a shared set that included a surprise performance of “HUMBLE.” from THE Kendrick Lamar.
There was no cap to all the greatness happening this past weekend out in LA, plus all the oozing goodness at the main event. Of course, not without a few hiccups like a few obvious gaps and lags throughout airtime, some technical difficulties for stage performers and presenters, not to mention the length of showtime being exceedingly long for an 8 o’clock start, I know many of us are probably paying for it this AM; but irregardless to all of that, it still all came together nicely.
With all this and so much more happenings last night, we are looking forward to next year.