the 21st edition of the BET Awards took place on Sunday, June 27, in celebration of Black culture, with the awards show offering us 16 incredible performances from some of America’s biggest artists.
Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin opened the show with their Space Jam: A New Legacy anthem “We Win”. Together they brought church to the stage with their combination of gospel and hip-hop.
For their performance of “Straightenin” from Culture III, Migos were unexpectedly joined by Cardi B who revealed she is expecting her second child with Offset.
Celebrating her 24th birthday, the artist H.E.R. opened the performance of her song “We Made It” by descending from the rafters while playing drums before performing an electric guitar solo. She came home with the award for ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’.
Moneybagg Yo had a career-making year with his release of A Gangsta’s Pain and made his official debut at the BET Awards with a memorable performance of “Wockesha” and “Time Today”, while DaBaby delivered his first-ever TV performance of his single “Ball If I Want To” to bring his unique style to the show.
Megan Thee Stallion appeared in a black latex cut-out bodysuit and matching knee-high boots to perform her already iconic single “Thot Shit” highlighted by her moves and her talented dancers.
This was the first BET Awards performance for Tyler, The Creator. He performed “Lumberjack” off his new album Call Me If You Get Lost with a green screen, a classic Rolls Royce and a massive windstorm.
Jazmine Sullivan took home the ‘Album of the Year’ award for Heaux Tales but before that she performed her songs “On It” and “Tragic” accompanied by Ari Lennox for one of the most stunning vocal showcases of the night.
Robby Ricch took us back in time with a dreamy and fog-covered performance of “Late At Night”, he and his dancers were wearing white ensembles that reminded us of a retro 1950s big band set, while Lil Nas X performed his hit single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” in an Egyptian-theme style as he took the role of a pharaoh surrounded by an army of all-male dancers.
Duo Silk Sonic brought to the BET Awards scene, their ’70 aesthetic and silky smooth voices for their single “Leave the Door Open”. They took home the award for ‘Best Group’ and this performance was a perfect follow-up.
The City Girls were on hand to celebrate their Hot Girl Summer with a fiery performance of “Twerkulator”.
Queen Latifah was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and in her honor, Lil’ Kim, Money Love, Rapsody and MC Lyte performed a medley of “Just Another Day”, “Ladies First” and “UNITY”.
For his performance, DJ Khaled brought some of the artists on the scene to perform “Hats Off”, “I Did It” and “Every Chance I Get”.
To close this year’s show there was a star-studded tribute honoring the late DMX where Swizz Beatz, The Lox, Method Man, Griselda, Busta Rhymes and Lil Buck performed a medley of his hits.
Just after that Michael K. Williams covered “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
Watch all the performances below: