The annual BET Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The event was held live at the Microsoft Theater. The Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards winner Jamie Foxx was the host of this year’s show.
The BET Awards was created by the Black Entertainment Television (BET) cable TV channel in 2001 for achievements in the field of entertainment.
Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther won the Best Movie Award. Later, Jamie Fox invited Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. In his new ‘This is America’ video, Gambino raises relevant questions about the right to bear arms, the police’s prejudiced attitude towards African Americans and American media reaction to crimes committed against the black population.
Legendary soul singer, Anita Baker was honored and given the Lifetime achievement award. Anita Baker, who started her musical career back in the 70s, received an award for her contribution and outstanding achievements. The ‘Girls Trip’ star Tiffany Haddish won Best Actress for leading role in the movie. Serena Williams and LeBron James were recognized as The Best Sportsmen of the year. Traditionally, only one person gets BET Humanitarian Award. But this year the organizers gave the award to six nominees at once. Thus, ‘Humanitarian heroes’ in 2018 are:
- James Shaw, Jr. (in April the guy fought a man with an assault rifle in Tennessee Waffle House)
- Anthony Borges (the 15-year-old student who saved the lives of at least 20 other students during the February massacre in Florida);
- Mahmud Gassam (last month, he saved a child hanging from a balcony in Paris);
- Naomi Wadler (11-year-old student, who reminded us of an unforgettable and influential speech for ‘Our Lives’ in March);
- Justin Blackman Shaun King, a journalist, and activist.
Speaking of music, Bruno Mars and Beyonce were the best in the nominations Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award. Migos got Best Group Award. Cardi B won the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated for five awards, eventually received only two: Album of the Year Award and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Award. DJ Khaled, who won Best Collaboration Award for ‘Wild Thoughts’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, went on stage with his son, emphasizing that the future lies in the hands of the young. Drake with his ‘God’s Plan’ won Video of the Year Award, the Video Director of the Year was Ava Duvernay. SZA won the award for Best New Artist and Yara Shahidi won Young Stars Award among other young musicians. Cardi B with her hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ was the choice of Coca-Cola viewers. Mary J. Blige won an award for ‘Strength of a Woman’ and Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly with ‘I’ll Find You’ won Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award.
You can check the complete list here and make sure to check all the most memorable performances below.
Jay Rock opened the 2018 BET Awards with a “WIN”-ning performance.
J. Cole, Wale, Daniel Caesar, Willow Smith
J. Cole made a surprise appearance. Daniel Caesar, Wale and Willow Smith help him perform his hits and he emerged against a screen that read ‘Choose Wisely’.
￼￼Meek Mill, Miguel
Meek Mill, who was released from prison in April, debuted his new single “Stay Woke” following an introduction from Philly’s own Lil Uzi Vert, Kevin Hart, Questlove, and Black Thought. Wearing a hoodie with XXXTentacion’s face on the front and Jimmy Wopo on the back, Meek delivered some gripping bars about gun violence and mass incarceration while Miguel sang the hook.
Looking dapper as usual in their bejeweled jackets and black skinny jeans, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff hit the stage to perform their Culture II hit ‘Walk It Talk It’. Following ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ they launched into the Pharrell-produced ‘Stir Fry’.
￼￼￼￼Nicki Minaj, YG, 2 Chainz, Big Sean
Nicki Minaj took over the 2018 BET Awards with a medley of hits. Dressed in a red robe, she emerged to perform ‘Chun-Li’ ‘Rich Sex’ and ‘Big Bank’ with YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean.
Miguel hit the stage to perform ‘Come Through and Chill’ and ‘Sky Walker’.
H.E.R., Daniel Caesar
H.E.R. performed ‘Focus’ and ‘Best Part’ with Daniel Caesarand everyone gave her their full attention.
SiR stirs up a musical ‘War’ on stage.
Janelle Monáe performed her hits off her latest Dirty Computer ‘Django Jane’ and ‘I Like That’.
With ‘Boo’d Up’ burning up the charts, Ella Mai took the stage to perform her breakout hit.
Snoop Dogg knows how to kill a performance like no other. He closed out 2018 BET Awards with an incredible medley of his biggest hits.
Snoop Dogg knows how to kill a performance like no other. Drops mic!