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BET Awards 2020: A Woke Moment In Black History


Sunday night's BET Awards was not a break from the world's problems of Covoid-19 and police murders more than it was an inspiration in entertainment encouraging us to continue the fight.



The show aired for the first time on CBS one part due to CBS also being a Viacom station along with BET and two, was a genius way to increase viewership especially those the non-black viewing audience. The BET Awards this year was all virtual due to Covoid-19 with host Amanda Seals broadcasting from their house as well as the award recipients. The show it an amazing start with a powerful remake of Fight the power with Public Enemy, Nas, and Black Thought from the Roots.

The entire theme of the show was Black Lives Matter. Everything from the commercial breaks to the music to the powerful messages in between made this one of the best award shows ever. While this was an "awards show", the atmosphere seemed more like an entertaining look at black culture. Even some of the entertainment had powerful messages.



Rapper DaBaby performed his song, Rockstar featuring Roddy Rich which depicted him with a knee on his neck like George Floyd. This was one of many performances that had powerful messages throughout the night


Celebrities read names of those who lost their lives in the hands of police. There were so many messages not just for African-Americans but for our Caucasian allies as well. This time everyone is called upon to fight for justice.



Lil' Wayne did a beautiful dedication to Kobe Bryant with his song called Kobe Bryant which he written in 2009.

This was also forty years of BET with a lot of history in which former VJ and personality Donnie Simpson. There were flashbacks of shows from Teen Summit to Video Soul, to Bobby Jones' Gospel. However at the end of the day, this is an awards show. Here are a list of last night's winners.


Album of the Year

Roddy Ricch -Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Lizzo

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Chris Brown

Best Group

Migos

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown [Ft. Drake] - “No Guidance”

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

DaBaby

Video of the Year

DJ Khaled [Ft. Nipsey Hussle, John Legend] - “Higher”

Video Director of the Year

Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist

Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Kirk Franklin - “Just for Me”

Best International Act

Burna Boy

Best New International Act

Sha Sha

Best Actress

Issa Rae

Best Actor

Michael B. Jordan

Young Stars Award

Marsai Martin

Best Movie

Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of the Year

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year

LeBron James

2020 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Megan Thee Stallion [Ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign] - “Hot Girl Summer”

BET Her Award

Beyonce [Ft. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint Jhn] - “Brown Skin Girl”




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