The 2019 BET Awards was held last night (June 23) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hosted by actress Regina King, the evening was filled with stunning performances and emotional tributes.
For the evening’s first performance, Cardi B opened up the show with a raunchy performance of “Clout” alongside Offset followed by her latest single, “Press”. Cardi also took home the award for Best Album.
With two giant babies on stage, DaBaby flexed his CEO status with his performance of “Suge”. Elsewhere, Lil Nas X lit up a saloon with Billy Ray Cyrus for a trip down to “Old Town Road”.
Migos and Mustard made brought their wet and wild party for their live rendition of “Pure Water”. Of course, Black excellence was alive and well thanks to H.E.R. and YBN Cordae’s performance of “Lord Is Coming”
Later on during the evening, Lil Baby and City Girls’ Yung Miami electrified the theater with a medley of “Act Up, “Close Friends”, and “Pure Cocaine”. Meanwhile, Lizzo was the bride to be with “Truth Hurts”. Kirk Franklin took the audience to church and Fantasia brought soul for “Enough”.
For this year’s Lifetime Achievement award, Mary J Blige was honored the award presented by Rihanna. After a tribute to the Queen of Hip Hop & Soul, MJB performed a medley of classic hits and brought out special guests Lil’ Kim (“I Can Love You Better”) and Method Man (“All I Need”).
Nipsey Hussle’s legacy and philanthropy was honored during the ceremony as the late rapper was given the Humanitarian award. After his family accepted the award on his behalf, his music was recognized. Marsha Ambrosius set the emotional tribute with “Real Big” followed by YG bringing their true colors on “Last Time That I Checc’d”. Khaled capped things off with John Legend for “Higher” and brought out Meek Mill and Jeremih for “Weather The Storm” and “You Stay”.
Honored but not present included Nipsey Hussle for Best Male Hip Hop and Travis Scott and Drake’s “SICKO MODE” dubbed Best Collaboration. Beyonce was crowned Best Female R&B artist and Best Male R&B artist went to Bruno Mars.