The hottest and most anticipated award show premiered last night and boy was it lit! The 2017 BET Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Actress and “Saturday Night Live” comedian Leslie Jones was honored to be this year’s mistress of ceremonies and kept us laughing all night with her infectious humor, including imitating model Amber Rose’s infamous social media photo of her full frontal.
“Hey Amber Rose! I saw you on Instagram. I saw that bush. Me and you got a lot in common. See, the only difference is yours looks like James Harden and mine looks like Fredrick Douglas!”
R&B sensation Bruno Mars opened the award show with an electrifying performance of his hit song “Perm” and he even walked home with two BET Awards, including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. He took time to show love to BET and the former president of programming, Mr. Stephen Hill.
“The first award I ever won was a Soul Train award right here on this network… BET has shown me nothing but love and support of my career throughout the years. A special shout out to my friend Mr. Stephen Hill, who personally flew out to tell me, ‘Bruno, I need you at the BET Awards this year.’ He came to my concert.”
Bruno wasn’t the only artist who lit the stage. The audience was rocking all night with mega performances from today’s top artists, including Big Sean, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Future, Mary J Blige, Migos, Tamar Braxton, SZA, Trey Songz and more.
One of the major highlights of the night was the nostalgia trip down memory lane with our favorite 90’s R&B boy and girl group. First up were our ladies from Xscape who haven’t performed together in almost 18 years! The ladies sung a classic sweet melody of their hits “Just Kickin’ It” and “Who can I Run to.”
The second reunion of the night came from our boys New Edition. 2017 has been a major year for the group as they received much success from their BET biopic, The New Edition Story. All six members of the group performed a melody of the songs and even brought all of the cast members, from childhood to adult of the three-part biopic, on stage to perform with them. Now that’s dope!
The group was later honored in the show with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
And speaking of honors, Best New Artist winner Chance The Rapper was the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian Award. Before accepting the award on stage, former first lady Michelle Obama sent a very special prerecorded message to the rapper offering congrats to the fellow Chicago native who raised $2 million for Chicago Public Schools.
“Chance, you are an outstanding role model and inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves.”
Chance then took the stage and gave a phenomenal speech including addressing the political and public system. “Let everyone out of jail for selling weed before ya’ll start making it legal…“
Some other big winners of the night were Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Beyonce, DJ Khaled and more. One of the biggest highlights was when Remy Ma broke fellow rival and nominee Nicki Minaj seven year streak for Best Female Hip Hop Artist. During her acceptance speech, Remy thanked two correctional facilities, her husband Papoose and her friend/brother Fat Joe.
“You can make mistakes and come back,” she said.
Congratulations to all the winners of the evening including our very own Tamika Mallory, who was honored for her work as a civil rights activist and social justice leader.
Checkout more performances below:
Written By: Tiffany Hercules (IG @JustMissTiff)