This year’s BET awards was nothing short of amazing. From the energetic performances to the laugh out loud hilarity, it was no holds barred from the who’s who of black entertainment. Here’s a recap of the show’s top memorable moments:
1. Beyonce slayed.. as usual: All hail the Queen B, in the flesh! Many fans were sure Beyonce wasn’t going to make it to the event apparently, with her being away at the Formation World Tour. So imagine their surprise when she didn’t only make it, but kicked things off with a killer performance. Her song of choice, Freedom, and the icing on the cake being guest vocals from rapper Kendrick Lamar. The icing on top of the icing was undoubtedly her two awards including Best Video of the Year.
2. The Prince Tributes: The likes of Erykah Badu, Sheila E., Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson and Bilal sang their hearts out in honour of legendary singer, Prince, who sadly passed on in April this year. It’s hard to pinpoint which was the best exactly. First, Janelle Monae’s renditions of Prince’s Kiss, Delirious and I Would Die 4 U were amazing. Somehow, Bilal ended up on the floor while belting out the lyrics to The Beautiful Ones. Also worth mentioning is the one and only Erykah Badu who performed The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.
3. Desiigner killed it: Making his televised performance debut was Desiigner, complete with his signature dance moves to the hit single Panda. Fabolous’s reaction to the craziness… priceless! You may have spotted a meme or two from this already.
4. Taraji vs Trump: While Empire star, Taraji P. Henson accepted her Best Actress award, the tv queen didn’t hold back on sharing her stance against Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. As if that wasn’t enough, she indirectly asked viewers not to vote for him either. “I’m really not political but it’s serious out here, and for those who thing that, you know, ‘Oh he’s not going to win’ — think again. So we really need to pull together and turn this country around,” she said.
5. Alicia on the keys, strings and everything else: R&B crooner, Alicia Keys was also in the building, performing her hit single, In Common to a psyched crowd. The superwoman played the piano, the guitar and multiple synthesisers in one set. There were no backup singers in sight, if we may add. Is she crazy dope or what?
6. Jesse Williams for President: Everyone’s favourite TV hunk, Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) gave a heart wrenching speech on paramount issues affecting the black community.
“We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them; gentrifying our genius and trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies,” he said onstage.
The night’s Humanitarian Award recipient got a standing ovation after what was a six-minute long speech.
7. RIP Muhammad Ali: Also celebrated were the life and times of the late Muhammad Ali. “My father lived a life with conviction and purpose,” Laila Ali said in her touching tribute to her late father. Another daughter paid her respects, actor Jamie Foxx‘s that is. The daddy-daughter duo held hands as Jamie declared these words:
“[Muhammad] is definitely more than just boxing, more than just entertainment, but a person who has shaped all of our lives.”
8. Theatre and Hip Hop bumped heads: Crazy show hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson took us back to English class with a thrilling re-enactment of the hit Shakespearean-styled stage musical, Hamilton. It was all fun and games until they belted out lyrics to hip hop hits like Desiigner’s Panda, The Weeknd’s Cant Feel My Face and Yo Gotti’s Down n the DM. Now, that’s when things got a little crazy. Good crazy though.
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