Like the entertainment business says, the show must go on. And that was the case this past weekend for the 2020 BET Awards.
What I loved about this year’s show is that they were able to adapt in new production directions and be amazingly creative despite the coronavirus quarantine. When crunch time comes and the pressure is on, you can either persevere or fold. Honestly, I think this has been one of the best BET award shows that they’ve had within the past few years.
The show did something different and aired on the CBS network so that a broader audience of fans could enjoy the show from the comfort of their homes. Something else different was that the majority of the segments were pre-recorded for BET award’s first virtual broadcasted event. Despite the segments being pre-recorded, the professionalism and artistic vision of the performances were captivating to watch, even more than usual in fact.
One of the highly anticipated performances came from Megan Thee Stallion. Of course, she didn’t disappoint. I loved that her pre-recorded desert performance had a mash-up vibe of “Mad Max” meets the PussyCatDoll “When I Grow Up” music video. Not only did she receive high praise of reviews from her performance, but she walked away with the BET award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Her virtual performance of the night of “Girls in the Hood” and “Savage” solidified why she deserved yet another BET honor for the year.
Another few categories that were highly competitive and anticipated were “Album of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” “Best New Artist,” “Best Actress,” “Best Actor,” and “Best Movie.” Here are the winners listed in their consecutive order:
- Roddy Ricch: Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
- Chris Brown ft. Drake: “No Guidance”
- Roddy Ricch
- Issa Rae
- Michael B. Jordan
- Queen & Slim
Comedian Amanda Seales hosted the show in the comfort of her home with a green screen background. Seales’ opening monologue pulled viewers in with her quirkiness and recognition that this Black Honors Awards show needs to continue for generations to come as we need to celebrate our Black community. And what’s a show without Seales making playful and serious jabs at other celebrities, such as Terry Crews.
Say what you want but I did that shit in my house and I'm proud AF we pulled it off 😌 ✊🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/p8aMcqHna3
— Amanda Seales 🇬🇩✊🏾 (@amandaseales) June 29, 2020
Summer Walker x Usher and Chloe x Halle were some of the other performances that stood out for the night. It was soothing to hear the vocals of Walker and Usher collaborate together. Not only are they a strong duo, but you could see an immense difference in Walker’s comfortability level of not being on a big stage due to her social anxiety. She sat alone in a room while strumming her guitar (before being in social distance proximity from Usher), and it’s pretty easy to imagine that’s how she makes her captivating hits anyway.
Chloe and Halle shined in their performance wearing outfits inspired by artists that have influenced and impacted them, such as TLC. They sang “Forgive Me” and “Do It” from their newly released album, Ungodly Hour. The way this dynamic sister duo harmonized their vocals reminded us why Beyoncé took these insanely talented young women under her wing. The synchronized dance battle visuals of them battling the angelic versions of themselves only added to their artistic aesthetic.
And speaking of Bey… She was awarded BET’s Humanitarian Award. Our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, presented the honor and spoke about all the charity work that Beyoncé does all across the globe. Beyoncé humbly accepted the award and stressed how important it was to vote in this year’s upcoming election.
The 2020 BET Awards was definitely one for the books and only proves that the Black community is strong and will continue to get stronger.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV