Listen, this year’s BET awards was something SERIOUS. Of course, Beyoncé was the artist with the most wins tonight with 5 for her monumental ‘Lemonade’ album. Furthermore, this may have been one of the best award shows they’ve had in a long time. However, it didn’t start that way. It definitely had a crescendo effect going on. The show did kick off with a magical performance by Bruno Mars. He got the crowd riled up by singing a few of his hits from his latest album ‘24k Magic.’ Then, host Leslie Jones graced the stage with an awkward comedy set. The crowd and viewers had to warm-up to the Saturday Night Live star’s corny comedy.
The show had a lot of performances — a lot of performances. But, most were impactful and made their mark on social media. My favorites included auntie’s return to the stage, Mary J. Blige. The throwback girl group Xscape gave a reunion performance with new music and a tour on the horizon. Tamar Braxton even gave a head-banging performance (literally.) HOWEVER, nearly all of social media was waiting for the new ‘it’ girl’s performance, Sza. After a few technical difficulties, sis finally gave us our favorites; ‘Love Galore’ and ‘The Weekend’ from her recently released album ‘Crtl.’ It was a show stopping performance that did NOT disappoint.
Lifetime achievement award winners New Edition were given a heart throbbing, high energy, and well done dedication. I believe this comes after their biopic was released on BET last fall. Yet, well deserved! Prior to the group’s acceptance of the award they were wowed by a tribute from the cast of the biopic. They sang some of the groups most successful and notable songs. When they finished, it left the audience wanting more. Little did we know, that the REAL New Edition was going serve us a sickening performance of the hits we had been missing. I was excited and jumped off the couch when they did my personal favorite, “CAN YOUUU STAND THE RAAIINN…NAY-OOOOOOOO.”
Anywho, the show ended (almost an hour late, CPT) with a banging performance of ‘I’m the one’ from DJ Khaled’s new album ‘Grateful’ which he so sweetly dedicated to his son Ashad, BLESS UP. But, prior to that, BET did a lil table shaking. Leading up to the show the network had heightened attention to the reveal of the winner for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. The hype came after the recent battle between Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma. After winning the award for 7 consecutive years, Nicki Minaj was sure to win the title again (also because she was the most qualified but I digress.) But, BET decided to be a lil instigator and award it to the artist, Remy Ma. Hopefully, this will ignite another fire in Nicki so she can continue to dish out these hard-hitting hip-hop bops.
This BET Awards was special. One of the best Black Twitter family reunions we’ve had in a long time. It was great to see all my distant cousins, even the ones we don’t really mesh with. It was a good show, good job Debra Lee.
From one millennial to another,
P.S. Listen, Debby, we know you’re the CEO and what not. But, I’m pretty sure I speak for the masses when I say that your annual segment in the show is a total debby downer (no pun intended.) Sis, add some pep in your voice, some hip in ya stride, some glitter to your attitude; SOMETHING. It’s all love though, auntie.
Best Group – Migos
Centric Award – Solange Knowles ‘Cranes in the Sky’
Best Gospel Inspiration – Lecrae ‘Can’t Stop Me Now’
Best New Artist and Humanitarian Award – Chance the Rapper
Best R&B/Pop Artist Male/Female – Bruno Mars/Beyoncé
Viewer’s Choice Award – Beyoncé ‘Sorry’
Best Collaboration – Migos ft. Lil Uzi ‘No Problem’
Best Male/Female Hip-Hop Artisit – Kendrick Lamar/Remy Ma
Video of the Year – Bruno Mars ‘24k Magic’ and Beyoncé ‘Sorry’
Video Director of the Year – Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter ‘Sorry’
Best Actress/Actor – Taraji P. Henson/Mahershala Ali
Youngstars Award – Yara Shahidi
Best Movie – Hidden Figures
Sportswoman/man of the Year – Serena Williams/Stephen Curry
Album of the Year – Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’
(All pictures are courtesy of Google Images)