The livest award show the 2017 BET Awards hosted by Comedian/Actress Lisa Leslie, aired last night and it was full of many many surprises along with love and appreciation for Black Music.
BET didn’t wait until the award show to the party started as they first kicked off with the pre-show with a slate of top performers like PnB Rock and August Alsina.
The actual show first jumpstarted with an electrifying performance by Bruno Mars and the Hooligans as they set the bar high for the rest of the night with a smooth performance of “Perm” from his latest album 24K Magic.
As the night went on we seen the following artists take the stage Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar Trey Songz, Migos, Mary. J. Blige, Xscape, Maxwell, DJ Khaled, Khalid, SZA, Gucci Mane, Future Maxwell, Tamar Braxton, Big Sean and more.
BET also went on to honor Chance The Rapper with the Humanitarian Award (youngest to date) for all of his achievements thus far, as he continues to pave the way for many young black kids to have a better and brighter future.
If his acceptance speech didn’t top off your night, they honored legendary group New Edition with the Lifetime Achievement Award for having an influencing and powerful 30 years and counting career in the group and solo.
After the video tribute which included many artists explaining the inspirations they had on their lives, the New Edition Story cast gave them a special performance from the young cast to the older cast with group and solo performances when they were either New Edition, BBD, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown.
Check out a few of the performances below:
Bruno Mars & The Hooligans – “Perm”
Chris Brown – “Privacy” & “Party” Featuring Gucci Mane
Trey Songz – “Nobody Else But You” & “Animal”
Mary J. Blige – “Set Me Free” & “Love Yourself” Featuring A$AP Rocky
Maxwell – “Gods”
Tamar Braxton – “My Man”
SZA – “Love Galore” & “The Weekend”
Xscape – Medley of “Understanding”, “Who Can I Run To”, and “Just Kickin’ It”
New Edition Story Cast – Medley of “Candy Girl” (Young NE Cast), “Sensitivity” (Algee Smith), “My My My” (Luke James), “My Perogative” (Woody McClain), & “Poison” (Bryshere Gray, Keith Powers, Elijah Kelley)
New Edition – Medley of “Mr. Telephone Man”, “Can You Stand The Rain”, & “If It Isn’t Love”
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bruno Mars
Best Group: Migos
Best Collaboration: Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Remy Ma
Video of the Year: Beyoncé – “Sorry” & Bruno Mars – “24k Magic” (tie)
Video Director of the Year: Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé “Sorry”
Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper
Album of the Year: Lemonade – Beyoncé
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Lecrae – “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)”
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Mahershala Ali
Youngstars Award: Yara Shahidi
Best Movie: Hidden Figures
Sportswoman of the Year Award: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year Award: Stephen Curry
Centric Award: Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyoncé – “Sorry”
Best International Act: Europe: Stormzy (UK)
Best International Act: Africa: WizKid (Nigeria)