Drake also a pop­u­lar winner in LA

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Bey­once was the big winner at the BET Awards in Los An­ge­les.

The 34-year-old singer - who re­leased her lat­est al­bum Lemon­ade ear­lier this year - picked up gongs for Video of the Year for For­ma­tion, Best Fe­male R&B/Pop Artist, Coca-Cola View­ers’ Choice and the Cen­tric Award for For­ma­tion at the cer­e­mony at the Mi­crosoft Theatre on Sun­day night.

And not only did Bey­once emerge as a winner in four cat­e­gories but she also opened the show with Ken­drick La­mar, as the pair gave a pow­er­ful per­for­mance of her song Free­dom.

They kicked off pro­ceed­ings with Bey­once’s dancers strut­ting down the aisles of the au­di­to­rium while Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech played.

Mean­while, Drake was also a big winner on the night, pick­ing up three gongs: Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Group with Fu­ture and Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion for Ri­hanna’s Work.

Grey’s Anatomy ac­tor Jesse Wil­liams won the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award and re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion for his pow­er­ful speech.

He said: “This award is not for me. This is for the real or­gan­is­ers all over the coun­try, the ac­tivist, the civil rights at­tor­neys, the strug­gling par­ents, the fam­i­lies, the teach­ers, the stu­dents that are real­is­ing that a sys­tem built to di­vide and im­pov­er­ish and de­stroy us can­not stand if we do.

“It’s kinda ba­sic math­e­mat­ics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mo­bilise.

“This award is also for the black women in par­tic­u­lar who have spent their lives nur­tur­ing ev­ery­one be­fore them­selves - we can and will do bet­ter for you.

“Now, what we’ve been do­ing is look­ing at the data and we know that po­lice some­how man­age to de-es­ca­late, dis­arm and not kill white peo­ple ev­ery day. So what’s go­ing to hap­pen is we’re go­ing to have equal rights and jus­tice in our own coun­try or we will re­struc­ture their func­tion and ours.

“We’ve been float­ing this coun­try on credit for cen­turies, and we’re done watch­ing and wait­ing while this in­ven­tion called white­ness uses and abuses us, bury­ing black peo­ple out of sight and out of mind while ex­tract­ing our cul­ture, our dol­lars, our en­ter­tain­ment like oil - black gold!”

ON SONG: Bey­once, left, and Ken­drick La­mar per­form Free­dom at the BET Awards

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.