The 19th Annual BET Awards went down last night at the Microsoft Theatre in LA featuring a selection of standout performances and a particularly touching tribute to the late, Nipsey Hussle.
Never short of entertainment there were numerous energetic performances from Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, Mustard and Migos, Lizzo, DaBaby, Lucky Daye, Cardi B and Offset, Mary J. Blige with Method Man and Lil Kim, plus a moving tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
In honour of his legacy, Hussle was posthumously awarded the BET Humanitarian Award with his grandmother making a memorable specch on his behalf.
A serious of emotional tributes flowed from Hussle’s family and performances by John Legend, DJ Khaled, Mustard and Marsha Ambrosius performing ‘Real Big’, ‘Last Time That I Checked’ and ‘Higher’.
Regina Hall took on the duty of hosting the Awards, opening the show with her own bountiful version of Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ performance, repping and showing some love to her hometown Washington D.C.
It was definitely a night to remember for Cardi B, bedazzling everyone in her lime green ballroom gown snapping up Album of the Year for ‘Invasion of Privacy’ (2018).
Cardi fans were in for a treat as she performed ‘Press’ with her electric back-up dancers and then was joined by Offset for a steamy performance of ‘Clout’, featuring a seductive lap dance.
Who can forget the moment when Lizzo performed playing the flute, proving that she is definitely a triple threat with her voice, musical prowess and captivating stage presence.
Bringing some country vibes to the BET, Lil Nas X in his bright yellow suit and Billy Ray Cyrus brought the ‘Old Town Road’ to life.
A performance that had everyone shook was H.E.R. teaming up with YBN Cordae for a vivid performance of ‘Lord Is Coming’, shedding light on the tragic Sudan crisis. A mesmerising yet intensely meaningful performance, the duo performed with such utter conviction and a breath of maturity well beyond their years.
It was also a night to recognise the legacy of a trailblazer of R&B, soul and hip hop, a woman who has paved the way for many other legendary female musicians, it was a night to celebrate Mary J. Blige.
Catching the attention of many, Rihanna made a special appearance in a sleek black leather outfit to present Mary J. Blige with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Piecing together a live performance giving homage through a medley of her greatest hits, Blige took to the state alongside the likes of Lil Kim and Method Man, which had everyone instantly on the feet enjoying Blige’s nostalgic musical repository.