by G. Brown
The 2018 BET Awards on Sunday night reminded that Black is truly beautiful. From socially conscious music to moving testimonies by legendary stars, the 18th annual awards seemed to bring us the best of the best in music, musics, television and sports.
Some of the night’s big winners….Beyoncé beat out SZA, H.E.R., Rihanna and Kehlani to nab Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award while on the male side of the competition, Bruno Mars walked away with the honor beating out Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Khalid and Daniel Caesar. Bruno also shared a Best Collaboration Award award with Cardi B for their remix “Finesse”.
When it comes to the Best of Hip Hop, this year’s winning artists were Cardi B and Drake who also took home the Video of the Year Award for his “God’s Plan”.
The Best Movie Award was hardly a surprise with “Black Panther” taking the honors and star Chadwick Boseman receiving the Best Actor Award .
But the winners were not the only memorable portions of the night. The speeches, the suprises, the fashion and the fun all contributed to make this BET Awards unforgettable.
Here are 4 of our Top 2018 BET Awards Moments.
#4 You Can’t Outfox Jamie Foxx As host of the 2018 Awards, Foxx effortlessly showcased all his versatility from crooning while playing the piano to dropping somet one-liners, but it was his insight, humbleness and respectful demeanor that separated Foxx from all other hosts. Foxx showed his true substance when it came time to introduce actor Donald Glover who also has one of the most talked about music videos thanks to his song “This is America”. Foxx told the audience, “Everybody begged me to do a joke about that song. I said that song should not be joked about. You’re not gonna see me joking.” Foxx’ steadfast determination not to cave to pressure might not win him any awards, but his decision to praise the song’s import message might win him a few more devoted fans in the end. Foxx still had plenty of jokes for the crowd saying later, “”They say he’s [Donald Glover] a young me, but I think he’s better looking, he’s incredible, and his hairline is real.”
#3 The Original “Songstress” The often underrated singer finally got a lifetime worth of accolades after being awarded BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Baker’s jazzy vocals graced the airways of top radio stations and made her an in demand performer for just about every musical awards show in the 80s. In 1983, Baker arrived on the scene with her first solo album aptly titled, “The Songstress”, but it was her second album a few years later “Rapture” that made her a star. The album’s mid-tempo ballad “Sweet Love” shot to the top of R&B and Pop charts. Baker has won a total of eight Grammy awards and has five platinum albums and one gold.
Foxx joined Yolanda Adams Ledisi and others for a vocal tribute to the voice behind some of music’s greatest hits.
#2 “Stay Woke” Everybody likes a good come back story. No one has made a bigger splash on the comeback trail than rapper Meek Mill. The Philly rapper started the year on a major down note by being locked in jail serving time for a parole violation. Mill was released in April following a court appeal. The “Ima Boss” rapper proved just how much of a boss he really is by using his incarceration as a platform to push for prison reform. With all eyes on him for his first appearance at a major awards show since his release, Mill continued his fight with the performance of his new song “Stay Woke”. Mill rapped about police brutality and mass incarceration with the lyrics “We screaming black lives matter but we still toting ladders/ Watching our own brothers trying to get at us,” Here’s a look at his moving performance.
#1 Real Life Heroes While the actors, singers and sports stars lit up the stage, a few ordinary people doing extraordinary things stole the spotlight when BET paid homage to heroes . Singer John Legend presented the honorees saying, “Typically, the BET Awards honors a celebrity humanitarian who has done something extraordinary for our world, but tonight, we want to honor a few of the individuals who have had the opportunity in their everyday lives to do something unexpected and impactful for our community.” The honorees included James Shaw Jr.–the man who wrestled an assault rifle from a gunman who terrorized a Waffle House in Tennessee and 15 year old Anthony Borges who despite being shot five times still used his body to shield classmates at Florida’s Parkland School.
For a complete list of all the night’s winners, you can follow this link.