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Monday, Jun 29, 2020
VARIOUS CITIES – JUNE 28: In this screengrab, Amanda Seales is seen during the 2020 BET Awards. The 20th annual BET Awards, which aired June 28, 2020, was held virtually due to restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by BET Awards 2020/Getty Images via Getty Images)


BET pushed forward with their first-ever virtual music awards last night—hosted by actress and comedian Amanda Seales—and it couldn’t have been any more timely considering all the chaos that’s occurring around the world. With the current racial climate and social unrest due to police brutality and injustice, Black Lives Matter was rightfully the frontrunner of last night’s show with trophies as an afterthought. Many artists displayed powerful visuals of black excellence in their performances, while others demanded justice for victims of police brutality such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks. Nonetheless, as the message was loud, clear, and unified, below are the most powerful moments from the 2020 BET Awards.



“Fight The Power” with Public Enemy, Chuck D, Nas, Black Thought & Rapsody


Proceeded with the powerful song “I just wanna live” by viral sensation and singer Keedron Bryant, the show kicked off with an explosive performance of “Fight The Power” with the iconic rap activist group, Public Enemy. Joined by Nas, Rapsody, Chuck D and Black Thought, the collaboration put systemic racism on center stage.



Amanda Seales’ Opening Monologue

Who better to host the BET Awards than Amanda Seales?! In addition to “Covid, and cops and Karens Gone Wild” and a bit of Terry Crews shade, the actress delivered a “collective molly whop” with a powerful monologue about racial tensions, police brutality and systemic racism. “Now, folks always say, ‘All Amanda ever does is talk about race.’ Well, listen, I would love to talk about regular, everyday things, but racism always beats me to it,” Amanda said. She honored Trayvon Martin and Botham Jean, while demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.


John Legend’s “Never Break”

From his new album Bigger Love, John Legend belted one of it’s most powerful ballads, reminding the black community that despite adversity, we will “Never Break. In true music video quality, John delivered an emotional performance by playing the piano in a deserted warehouse and was later joined by a soulful choir to take the message home.


DaBaby feat. Roddy Rich “Rockstar”

Blame It On Baby rapper DaBaby opened his “Rockstar” performance with a powerful reenactment of George Floyd’s last moments while addressing over-policing in the black community and the uprising of protests. He was later joined by “Album of the Year” winner, Roddy Rich, who stood on a police car surrounded by protestors with “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the police” signs.


Beyonce’s Humanitarian Award


Beyonce graciously accepted the BET Humanitarian Award which was presented to her by former First Lady Michelle Obama. She dedicated her award to the protestors who have been on the frontlines marching for justice. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said Beyonce while encouraging everyone to vote “like our lives depend on it because it does.”


Jennifer Hudson’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin


In a gospel-style tribute to late icon Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson belted her 1972 cover of Nina Simone’s “Young Gifted, and Black.” Following the performance, Jennifer dropped the trailer for Respect, a biopic about the life and legendary career of the Queen of Soul. Jennifer, who was handpicked for the role by Aretha herself, will star in the film alongside Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans and more.


What was your favorite moment of the 2020 BET Awards? Below is a list of the full of the winners!


Album of the Year
“Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo
“Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion
“Homecoming: The Live Album,” Beyoncé
“I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.
“Kirk, “DaBaby
“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” Roddy Ricch *WINNER
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Jhene Aiko
Summer Walker
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown *WINNER
The Weeknd
Best Group
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance” *WINNER
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
H.E.R. ft. YG, “Slide”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Wale ft. Jeremih, “On Chill”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher” *WINNER
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor *WINNER
Best New Artist
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch *WINNER
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational
Fred Hammond, “Alright”
John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, “I Made It Out”
Kanye West, “Follow God”
Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me” *WINNER
PJ Morton ft. Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, “All In His Pain”
The Clark Sisters, “Victory”
Best Movie
“Bad Boys for Life”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
“Just Mercy”
“Queen & Slim” *WINNER
Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae *WINNER
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross
Best Actor
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan *WINNER
Omari Hardwick
Young Stars Award
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di’Allo Winston
Marsai Martin *WINNER
Miles Brown
Storm Reid
Sportswoman of the Year
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles *WINNER
Sportsman of the Year
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James *WINNER
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry
Alicia Keys, “Underdog”
Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, “Brown Skin Girl” *WINNER
Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, “Melanin”
Layton Greene, “I Choose”
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”
Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, “Afeni”
Viewer’s Choice Award
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
DaBaby, “Bop”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer” *WINNER
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Heartless”
Best International Act
Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Innoss’B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)
Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act
Rema (Nigeria)
SHA SHA (Zimbabwe) *WINNER
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)
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