We all know the annual BET Awards haven’t been the same since the LEGENDARY Mo’Nique hosted the show in 2007.
She brought the dance moves, the laughs, and the looks; making her the most iconic celebrity to ever host. But the real question is, did the 2020 awards redeem themselves or was it just another snooze-fest?
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the BET Awards, for the first time ever, was held virtually this past Sunday, June 28th for its 20th anniversary.
The biggest civil rights movement in history is happening via Black Lives Matter. We needed this award show to showcase black excellence, especially in times like these. And only an award show for us by us could be up to the task.
Amanda Seales, the comedienne, actress, former talk show host, and black activist, hosted the event, and BET couldn’t have chosen a better person for the job. Seales is known to be very opinionated and doesn’t hold her tongue when it comes to injustice towards the black community.
But before we get to Amanda Seales, we need to give 12 year old Keedron Bryant ALL his flowers with his powerful performance of “I Just Wanna Live.” WHEW! It set the tone for the night, one that embodied the theme “Our Culture Can’t Be Canceled.”
After Keedron Bryant’s performance, we were met with a monologue from our assertive host and she did not disappoint.
“We deserve a break,” Seales said. “And when I say ‘we,’ I mean all us black folks. Watching the kneeling, the gratuitous Kente cloth, the ‘I take responsibility’ speeches, and saying to ourselves [as black people], ‘Wow. Y’all goofy.’” I sat there looking at the television screen yelling YES AMANDA, SPEAK ON IT!
Now let’s get to these performances because let’s be real, that’s the only reason we watch these award shows. The production of each performance was TOP NOTCH. BET surely had the budget this year because I cannot say one bad thing about any of the performers.
But what I will say is that Megan Thee Stallion [Best Female Hip Hop Artist winner] and ChloexHalle did not come to play at all! Megan took us to the desert and gave us 1979 Mad Max vibes, while ChloexHalle had a whole dance battle with, get this, THEMSELVES!
And don’t get me started on DaBaby’s compelling performance of Rockstar, in which he reenacted the death of George Floyd. Though this gesture received mixed reviews, sometimes it is necessary to show people the realities of police brutality against the black community, even if it make them uncomfortable.
To close off the awards show, Kierra Sheard and her mother, Karen Clark Sheard, took the stage with their performance of “Something Has To Break,” and took us to church! It was absolutely the perfect way to end the show because it brought us back to a place where we need to let go and let God take control.
In a tumultuous time filled with heartbreak, disease, death, police brutality, unemployment, and definitely uncertainty, they ministered and manifested that a change is going to come. Let the church say Amen!
Though we didn’t have a red carpet experience or unexpected moments that would trend on twitter in seconds, the 2020 BET Awards was actually one of the best award shows they produced in years.
AND OH MY GOD! HOW COULD I FORGET TO MENTION THEY GOT BEYONCE TO SHOW UP! Beyoncé [Humanitarian Award recipient] has not attended the BET Awards since 2016. Just this reason alone, made this year’s BET Awards iconic!
Hopefully they can keep this same energy for next year’s ceremony when the world finally reopens.