The Best Moments, Hottest Hits and More From the 2017 BET Awards
Downtown Los Angeles was abuzz all weekend long with BET's multi-day takeover at the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, and surrounding areas. The events kicked off with live performances from Jidenna, Khalid, Kid Cudi, Migos, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Young M.A., and so many others as part of the four-day BET Experience. Things culminated on Sunday night with the official BET Awards hosted by comedienne Leslie Jones, who proudly announced that she's turning 50 this year. The primetime crowd was by far one of the sexiest with ultra-shiny sequin-y and nearly nude sheer looks dominating the red carpet and the stage. MISSBISH was on the scene for the night's star-studded ceremony and performances. Here are some of the best moments, hottest hits, and more from the 2017 BET Awards.
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Bruno Mars opened with "Perm," which hyped up the crowd and had everyone eventually on their feet dancing. Migos took to the stage to perform a medley of songs, including "T-Shirt" while appropriately wearing winter coats, "Congratulations" with Post Malone, and their wildly popular "Bad and Boujee." The trio won the award for Best Group.
Nostalgia was most definitely a major theme of the night with iconic R&B group Xscape making a fierce and flawless comeback; a stunning Mary J. Blige commanding the stage with special guest A$AP Rocky for their "Love Yourself" duet; and the return of 1980's darlings New Edition to perform a collection of their hits like "Mr. Telephone Man," "Can You Stand the Rain," and "My Prerogative." New Edition were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the crowd was treated to a special retrospective in their honor. All members were quick to thank God for their success over the years as well as the parents that introduced the next generation to New Edition's music. The group announced that they're hitting the road this fall to tour.
In the middle of all the glitz and glam, a number of shout-outs were made throughout the night to honor victims of police brutality, and Tyrese offered the night's tribute to a number of artists that passed away this year. Lil' Kim and Havoc sent a heartfelt message to Mobb Deep's Prodigy, who tragically passed on June 20.
Quite possibly one of the most profound moments came when BET's Chairman and CEO Debra Lee presented 24-year-old Best New Artist Chance the Rapper with the BET Humanitarian Award. The honor comes following his generous $1 million contribution to Chicago's public schools. In addition to Lee's touching speech, former First Lady Michelle Obama recorded a congratulatory message on behalf of herself and Barack Obama. An excited yet astounded Chance accepted the award without a prepared speech but promised to remain accountable and continue to do the work to give back.
Apart from the feel-good, do-good, there was no shortage of sexy interjected throughout the night, and it's a toss-up as to who wins "sexiest" sets. Both Trey Songz and Chris Brown turned it up a notch with their separate performances that featured scantily clad, nearly naked, dancers. Trey Songz gave us his all with "Nobody Else Like You" and "Animal" and Chris Brown crooned "Privacy" and was then joined by Gucci Mane to bump up the "Party."
Although Beyoncé didn't attend the night's festivities for obvious reasons (double congrats, Bey!), she still managed to win five awards including Album of the Year ("Lemonade"), Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Viewer's Choice for "Sorry." Other notable winners include Remy Ma for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Kendrick Lamar as her counterpart for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Stormzy for Best International Act: Europe, "Hidden Figures" for Best Movie, and Mahershala Ali (swoon) for Best Actor.
And last but not least, the MISSBISH unofficial best dressed awards go to: Future and his daughter (those masks though), La La Anthony, Blac Chyna, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lil Mama, Eva Marcille, and the guys of New Edition because, obviously.
Check out a couple of highlights below!