The 2018 BET Awards was filled with some memorable performances, award-winners and moments.
On Sunday, June 24th, Jamie Foxx hosted the 2018 BET Awards in Los Angles, California. The awards represent and pay homage to icons of today’s generation from actors/actress, singers, rappers, humanitarians, activist and legendary icons.
This years awards show gave us performances from today’s authentic and raw talent. Artist such as, J.Cole, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar and more graced the stage.
The Show opened up with Jamie fox holding a Black Panther in representaion of the BET theme this year. Jay Rock opens with his hit “Win” off his latest album ‘Redemption.’
We haven’t seen J.Cole show face at the awards in a couple years, but he came back to get some stuff off his chest. The Fayetteville rapper performed “Friends,” off his latest album ‘K.O.D.’ Also, Daniel Caesar did the chorus while the youth was behind Cole in all white. You’ll aslo catch Wale making a cameo on stage.
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Meek Mill gave the world an iconic and memorable performances as he debuts his latest track “Stay Woke.” Mill has become a huge voice for those fighting the system. His performance spoke volumes as he shows police brutality, the innocent dying and our people being locked behind bars. He also wears a hoodie with XXXtencion and Jimmy Wopo’s picture, who both shot and killed recently.
The Queen of Barbz, Nicki Minaj hit the stage with a few special guest. Nicki opens up with her hit song “Chun Li.” You’ll see her dancers hitting those famous moves from the video. She then gives us some sultry moves as she performs “Rich Sex“. Next you see 4hunnids Boss YG dropping his verse off “Big Bank” in a cozy red and white outfit. 2Chainz comes out in all gold short suit and iced out. Big Sean comes out and we see Nicki on a pink stallion like she was in the “Big Bank” video.
H.E.R hit the stage gracefully calming us down from all the lit rap performances. The soulful beauty comes out to her hit “Focus” off the EP ‘H.E.R.’ As she hits every note with ease, she grabs her electric guitar, showing off her many talents. She then makes her way to Daniel Caaser as they sing their hit “Best Part.” Not only did they bless us with that track, but she gave us a taste of Lauryn Hill’s legendary song “Nothing even Matters” ft. D’Angelo.
H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar’s performance at the BET Awards was SENSATIONAL. pic.twitter.com/Nm8tfd8dFg
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One of the most iconic moments of the night was the Anita Baker tribute for “Lifetime Achievement award”. The legendary songstress sat front row as big names sung her many hits. Big names such as, Jamie Foxx, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams sung. Mrs. Baker showed happiness and a few tears flowing as she watched these amazing performances in her honor. Her acceptance speech was powerful as she talks about us supporting each from legends to the young artist of today. She states “From the singers that are veterans here, when you see the young ones, tap them on the shoulder, they need you. Young ones, now that your’e here tonight, find a veteran, tap them on the shoulder and introduce yourself. Let’s take care of each other, we need each other, we cant do it alone.”
Ella Mai had everyone in their feelings, even the Migos last night. The shining R&B artist hit the stage with her hit single “Boo’d up” and of course the audience was singing along. She was on a more intimate stage in all black with her flowing natural hair. The band was amazing and so was Ella Mai and those phenomenal vocals.
The Queer and lovely queen, Janelle Monae rocked the stage. Her stage look involved patterns of black and white with some red. She sat on a thrown as she rapped “Django Jane.” Monae gave us looks, raw lyrics, stage presence and women’s empowerment all in one.
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Check Out the winner of tonight below, if you missed out!
Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars (WINNER)
Best Group Award
A Tribe Called Quest
Chloe X Halle
Best Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (WINNER)
DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off”
Cardi B feat. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”
French Montana feat. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B (WINNER)
Video of the Year Award
Drake – “God’s Plan” (WINNER)
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Migos feat. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
Video Director of the Year Award
Ava Duvernay (WINNER)
Best New Artist Award
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” (WINNER)
Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade – “Words Are Few”
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”
Marvin Sapp – “Close”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”
The Best International Act Award
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Davido (Nigeria) (WINNER)
Distruction Boyz (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (Congo)
J Hus (U.K.)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (U.K.)
Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish (WINNER)
Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor Award
Chadwick Boseman (WINNER)
Michael B. Jordan
Sterling K. Brown
Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi (WINNER)
Best Movie Award
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“A Wrinkle in Time”
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams (WINNER)
Elana Meyers Taylor
Sportsman of the Year Award
LeBron James (WINNER)
Odell Beckham Jr.