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UNDERSTANDING THE ASSIGNMENT – B.E.T AWARDS RECAP

The 2021 BET Awards took place last night at the Microsoft Center live in L.A hosted by the talented Taraji P. Henson. The internets or “innanets” as black Twitter calls it was and is still on fire from last night’s star-studded ceremony. The City Girls shook what their momma gave them giving us a sensational performance of Twerkulator. The beautiful Megan the Stallon proved that she isn’t one to be messed with, with her performance of Thot Sh*t. The rapper took home 4 awards last night including Video of the Year for WAP featuring Cardi B.

Speaking of Cardi B, she surprised the world with her announcement of baby #2! Cardi strutted onstage about three and a half minutes into Migos’s performance of “Straightenin’”/“Type S***,” and we are here for it! Check out the performance below.

Lil Nas X turned heads with his steamy performance of “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” which closed with him making out with a dancer and ending out pride month with a bang!

#CulturesBiggestNight was on point with the fashion. The girls and guys understood the assignment, ate up the red carpet, and left no crumbs. Necks were stepped on and wigs snatched!

Zendeya wore an iconic Versace dress, the same one queen B, Beyoncé wore in 2003 for her BET performance of Dangerously In Love. With looks from Prada, Dolce, and Gabbana, and 35 carats of Bulgari diamonds the celebs did not come to play. Check out some photos below.

Rap icon Queen Latifah was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award. Following a performance that featured Monie Love, Rapsody, and MC Lyte who stated “a woman who has been creating magic for decades — an undeniable, unstoppable force of nature” and described her as a “Swiss Army knife,” thanks to her many “career-defining roles,” from rapping to acting to producing.

Queen Latifah took the stage to give her speech alongside her father and holding a photo of her mother, who died in 2018.

“I am so extremely moved, I don’t even know what to say,” she said, choking up, before thanking God and her parents, family, friends and fans for supporting “every crazy-ass thing I’ve done over the years.”

She also thanked BET for “creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine to this night, right now, right here.”

The award show memorialized rapper DMX, who died in April of this year. While a musical tribute was a given, what wasn’t as expected was a full-bodied theatrical performance from Michael K. Williams. The performance also featured Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, The Lox, Griselda, and members of the Ruff Ryders.

What was your favorite part of the award show? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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