Eight Moments You Missed During the 2020 BET Awards

In case you weren't able to tune in, see some of the moments you missed during Sunday's star-studded event featuring Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and more. 

Eight Moments You Missed During the 2020 BET Awards

On Sunday night (June 28), the 2020 BET Awards didn’t skip a beat, even after being forced to go the virtual route due to the global pandemic. With host Amanda Seales quarterbacking the three-hour festivities, a slew of Black celebrities punched in splashy performances and stirring speeches as if they were center stage at the Staples Center. 

In case you weren’t able to tune in, see some of the moments you missed during Sunday’s star-studded event. 

From Only Fans to Only Fists

Host Amanda Seales didn’t hold back, scolding America for their lack of action regarding the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more. Her monologue also spoke to her fears of Americans whitewashing Juneteenth and transforming the Black holiday into a diminished day for wearing Frederick Douglass shirts while drinking at bars. In addition, she quipped about people quickly going from Only Fans enthusiasts to Civil Rights activists in seconds and hoping that their switch-up isn’t temporary and for everyone to keep that same energy throughout the fight for change. 

“Now they talking about Juneteenth. That’s dope! But y’all don’t let them Cinco de Mayo our day,” she said. “If we ain’t watchful, every June 19th, folks going to be at the bar wearing Frederick Douglass wig hats, ordering ‘Harriettinis’ off the drink special.”

Rap Heroes Aim to Fight the Power

Following the death of George Floyd, Warner Records newly-signed hyphenate Keedron Bryant gained national acclaim after his chilling Instagram performance of his song “I Just Wanna Live.” To kick-off the 2020 BET Awards, Bryant provided a captivating rendition of his spirited anthem. Subsequently, lyrical heavyweights Nas, Black Thought, YG, Rapsody, and more joined Public Enemy for a modern flip on the group’s 1989 classic “Fight the Power” in light of the elevated racial injustice plaguing African Americans over the last few months. 

Roddy Ricch Pulls a Double Shift 

2020’s Rap MVP candidate Roddy Ricch was active Sunday night. Not only did he flex his piano skills while rapping “High Fashion,” but he also gave fans a nice serving of his Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single “The Box,” while sporting a Black Lives Matter button-down shirt. Later, Roddy partnered up with DaBaby for his second performance when they dished out “Rockstar (Black Lives Matter Remix).” 

D Smoke Keeps It All in the Family 

Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow season one winner D Smoke and his brother, TDE crooner SiR rallied together to perform “Let Go,” a song recorded the same day cops mercilessly killed George Floyd in Minnesota. With police officers patrolling the Inglewood street-designed set, the musical tandem dazzled when delivering the empowering track. They even received a helping hand from their mother, singer Jackie Gouche, when transitioning into “Black Habits.” 

Megan Thee Stallion Rides Dirty in the Desert 

Two days after releasing her Eazy E-inspired record “Girls in the Hood,” Megan Thee Stallion ventured to the desert to perform her scorching new track. After riding dirty with her crew on ATVs, Meg went on a twerking binge when her “Savage (Remix)” commenced. Sans Beyonce, Megan did a masterful job, courtesy her army of dancers and high-octane energy. 

DaBaby Takes a Stand Against Police Brutality 

Always fearless in his approach, DaBaby kept his audacious streak for doing the unthinkable intact with his “Rockstar “(Black Lives Matter)” performance. Reenacting the gruesome death of George Floyd, Baby is found with a cop’s leg on his neck at the start of the clip. After his remix verse, Baby and Roddy jumped into protest-mode. Donning all-black attire with a group of Black protesters holding signs such as “Defund the police,” rap’s newly beloved duo went on a crushing run, rapping on top of cop cars.

Little Richard and Kobe Bryant Receive Special Tributes 

Wayne Brady knitted together a rousing medley in honor of one of rock’s founding fathers, Little Richard. Brady captured the aura of Richard with his flamboyant garb and contagious energy, dancing through “Lucille,” “Good Golly Ms. Molly,” and “Tutti Frutti.” Afterward, Lil Wayne paid tribute to his fallen friend Kobe Bryant with his 2009 tribute song. Named after Bryant, Wayne added a new verse, where he offered his condolences to his family and spoke on the Lakers’ legend’s lefty accomplishments. 

Two Queens, One Humanitarian Award

Former First Lady Michelle Obama effusively praised Beyonce when presenting her with the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award, citing her as an inspiration for calling out sexism and racism. Queen Bey’s past efforts date back to her contributions to Houston during Hurricane Harvey to providing free COVID-19 testing in her hometown.

“I wanna dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there and all of my sisters out there, inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard,” said Beyonce during her acceptance speech. She also encouraged viewers to vote in this year’s upcoming election in hopes of dismantling “a racist and unequal system” in America.

“We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does,” she opined.

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Beyonce at BET Awards: ‘We Have to Vote Like Our Life Depends On It’

Beyonce was honored with the BET Humanitarian Award at the 2020 BET Awards.

Beyonce at BET Awards: ‘We Have to Vote Like Our Life Depends On It’

Beyonce joined the ranks of activists like Muhammad Ali and Harry Belafonte on Sunday (June 28) when the 2020 BET Awards honored her with the BET Humanitarian Award during its socially distanced broadcast.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared during the broadcast to present the honor to her pal Queen Bey. “No matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn’t satisfied unless she’s sharing all that shine she has with the next generation. That’s why she’s always pulling up young performers like Chloe x Halle and that orchestra that dazzled us in her Homecoming special,” Obama said. “To my girl, I want to say: You inspire me, you inspire all of us.”

“Thank you so much for this beautiful honor,” said Beyonce after a montage honoring her accomplishments. “I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers and sisters out their inspiring me, marching out there and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.

“We have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power. And that is to vote,” Beyonce urged. “I’m encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system,” she continued.

“There are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country…. We have to vote like our life depends on it. Because it does.”

The Grammy-winning singer’s BeyGood Foundation works toward a variety of causes, from awarding scholarships to providing free COVID-19 tests to getting clean water to the landlocked country of Burundi in Africa.

Previous honorees include Muhammad Ali, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington, Harry Belafonte, Don Cheadle, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Steve Harvey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dwayne Wade, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Tom Joyner, Jesse Williams, Chance the Rapper, Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King, Anthony Borges, James Shaw Jr. and Nipsey Hussle.

Despite the pandemic, the summer is a busy one for Bey. On July 31, Beyonce will release the Black Is King visual album on Disney Plus, which draws upon music from The Lion King live action remake to show “the voyages of Black families, throughout time” and tell the story of “a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity,” according to the press release.

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