Celebrating Black Excellence at the BET

By: Banzi Mehlo

The BET awards are know for giving us breathtaking red carpet looks and spectacular performances, on the big night of celebrating black entertainment. Due to the global pandemic, the awards were virtual and hosted by Amanda Seales. She has been known for being vocal about issues faced by the black culture and with what is going on currently with the outrage of black oppression, I was fully behind the decision for her to host this year’s awards.

The virtual performances were well put out and the artists gave so much energy to them. June should officially be deemed “Hot Girl Summer Month” because Megan Thee Stallion brought the heat with the medley of her top hits. The dynamite duo, Chloe x Halle, gave us the best of both worlds with their performance of Forgive Me and Do It. The girls had me glued to the screen, just amazed by the stage presence they delivered and their outfit choices.

The hip hop newbies, DaBaby and Roddy Rich performed their recent collaboration, Rockstar, with a very powerful message. It begins with DaBaby’s head and neck pinned to the ground by a man in a police uniform, referencing the recent killing of George Floyd. The visuals proceed to feature protestors holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter.” Another one to mention was from RnB sensation, Summer Walker,  giving a soulful and intimate duet with Usher for their collaboration, Come Thru.

The biggest winners of the night were Chris Brown for Best Male RnB/Pop Artist and Best Collaboration, Roddy Rich for Album Of The Year and Best New Artist and Megan Thee Stallion for Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Viewer’s Choice Award. Burna Boy took home the Best International Act and newcomer songstress, SHA SHA, won the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act.

The global superstar, Beyoncé, was awarded with this year’s BET Humanitarian Award. The award was to acknowledge her humanitarian work with the BeyGOOD Foundation. Throughout her speech, she put emphasis on how important it is to be the face of change and take action by using our power and stand together to fight the injustices in our society.

This year’s show was beyond what I expected, BET is evolving when it comes to creativity because the awards were becoming a bit stale, so it is exciting to see that change. The performances were beautifully executed and produced, it was worth watching and this deserves to go down as one of the best moments of 2020. The bar has been raised and expectations are sky high.

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