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Taraji P. Henson hosted the 2022 BET Awards for the second year in a row in Los Angeles on Sunday, Essence reports. The star-studded event included shocking moments, inspiring performances and heartfelt tributes.
Here are some of the best moments from the BET Awards.
BET paid tribute to Kevin Samuels
The 2022 BET Awards included a tribute to Kevin Samuels, the controversial YouTuber who died in May. Samuels’ photo appeared on the big screen during the awards show as BET paid tribute to some of the celebrities who died last year.
While some praised BET for honoring Samuels, others criticized the network for paying tribute to the controversial YouTuber who had earned a reputation for spewing questionable comments about women in particular.
Tems has won several awards
It was an epic night for Nigerian singer Tems who joined Justin Bieber and Wizkid to win the award for Best Collaboration. The trio was recognized for their hit song “Essence”.
Tems also won the BET Award for Best International Act.
The Nigerian singer dedicated her award to women who “dare to dream”.
“Where I’m from, things like that don’t happen,” she said. “It’s a dream. While you’re looking at me, I want you to imagine yourself as me because you’re supposed to be here too.
Jack Harlow took a stand for Lil Nas X
Jack Harlow showed off his Lil Nas X shirt at the BET Awards, making a statement for his friend who was kicked out of the show.
Chlöe Bailey mesmerized the audience
Chlöe Bailey captivated audiences with her performance at the BET Awards. The singer did a seductive lap dance for one of her male dancers while performing her new single, “Surprise,” reports Billboard.
The Grammy-nominated musician continued to mesmerize her fans with a rendition of her song, “Treat me,” released in April.
Diddy thanked his ex as Yung Miami held up a sign for him
While receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Diddy paid tribute to his ex, Cassie.
“I was in a dark place for a few years. I have to give a special shout out, thank you, my love, to the people who were really there for me,” Diddy said. “And also Cassie, for holding me back in the dark times, my love.”
The singer’s current girlfriend, Yung Miami, looked on from the crowd, holding up a sign that read “GO PAPI!”
Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music lifted the audience
Legendary gospel singer Kirk Franklin joined Maverick City Music to deliver a captivating performance at the BET Awards.
The artists performed “Kingdom” from their new album for the first time Kingdom Book One, BET reports. The group then performed Franklin’s single “Melodies from Heaven” in 1995.
Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance
Mariah Carey shockingly appeared on stage during Latto’s performance. Carey joined Latto to perform the remix of “Big Energy,” the single originally released in 2021, according to Pitchfork.
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