The 2019 BET Awards opened with a bang! Live from the famed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s blazing event was first ignited by none other than everyone’s favorite hip hop power couple, Cardi B and Offset. During a rousing performance of “Clout”, flanked by an army of dancers, Offset engaged in a synchronized routine filled with military inspired footwork. Pretty soon, like the lightning bolt that she is, Cardi B emerged, mounting Offset, then morphing into a steamy lap dance. Released on March 15, 2019, the song is a criticism of those who use others for fame, including social climbers or “clout chasers”, with the lyrics calling out those who have “the IG disease”. Decked in a sequined emerald green ensemble, the Bronx bombshell sauntered seductively across the stage delivering her verse before the song morphed into her current hit club banger “Press”.
The second mind blowing performance came from none other than the multi-talented H.E.R. Clad in black, with a matching beret, and joined onstage by rapper YBN Cordae, the singer/musician delivered the socially conscious, “The Lord Is Coming”. A song about choosing faith over fear in the midst of life’s harsh realities, the song began with an emotional spoken word intro. For the heart wrenching performance, the Vallejo, California native received a standing ovation. The third memorable performance came from Marsha Ambrosius, YG, John Legend and DJ Khalid who delivered a rousing rendition of “Last Time That I Checc’d” as a tribute to the late rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle.
Honored by members of his family, his long time love Lauren London, and Clifford T.I. Harris, the Compton, California native was the recipient of this year’s Humanitarian Award. Other stand out performances include E.U.’s old school classic “Da Butt”, Lizzo’s sassy “Truth Hurts”, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ sing-along hit “Old Town Road” and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mary J. Blige. With guest appearances from hip hop icons Method Man and Lil Kim, the reigning queen of hip hop soul sang and danced her way through a medley of her biggest hits. With so much excitement, one can’t help but anticipate what’s in store for next year!
Ashly E. Smith is an author, poet, columnist, and freelance writer from Baltimore, Maryland. With her strong pop culture and entertainment backgrounds, Ashly strives to create articles that inspire as well as entertain.