The perfect antidote to the stiff and stifling atmosphere of your typical awards show, the BET Awards can always be trusted to bring something unique to the table, and this year's show was no different. Hosted by comedian, Leslie Jones and featuring big wins for Africa's Wizkid, the 2017 BET Awards had us all entertained from the word go. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this premium highlights package of entertainment's boldest night Words: Tshiamo Seape
The show's performance list reads like an all-star playlist from the biggest party of the year. Rapper Lil Yachty kicked off the night with tracks from his debut album Summer Songs including “One Night” and “Minnesota”, then handed the mic off to Young Thug for “pick up the phone”. Hip-hop’s hottest trio Migos then took to the stage and had the crowd singing every word to “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt”. The dynamic duo Rae Sremmurd was next on deck and hyped the packed house with bangers “Black Beatles” and “No Type”. Hip-hop pioneer Gucci Mane shut it down with “Slippery” and “Lemonade”. The awards show was a beautiful blend of old and new with current favourites sharing the stage with classic acts like New Edition, who performed a medley of their most famous hits.All this coming off the back of the ultra successful three-part miniseries - The New Edition Story, which aired on BET earlier his year. The nostalgia was not only for the boys as 90's girl group, Xscape, also had their time in the spotlight ahead of their BET reality show launch later this year. ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky capping off the night of performances with a shared set that included a surprise performance of “HUMBLE.”
Going into the awards, Beyonce led all nominees with seven nominations followed closely by Bruno Mars with five. Beyoncé won the most awards with 5, including Album of the Year and Video of the Year. Other big winners included Migos, Remy Ma, and Chance the Rapper. After scooping up the award for Best New Artist, Chance received a congratulatory message from former First Lady Michelle Obama who thanked him for his role in uplifting Chicago public schools. In perhaps the biggest news for local fans rapper, Wizkid walked away with the award for best International Act: Africa. The award was somewhat unsurprising considering the year he's had. With collaborations with Drake, Major Lazor, and Chris Brown it is no wonder he was a winner on the night.You can see a full list of winners here
Another year, another outstanding show. BET stays ahead of the culture, by providing the most engaging and inclusive awards ceremonies on television. We can't wait for next year!