Bey­oncé’s mes­sage and epic per­for­mances stand out at BET Awards

Miami Herald - - Sports - BY JONATHAN LANDRUM JR. As­so­ci­ated Press

LOS AN­GE­LES

Bey­oncé used her plat­form Sun­day while ac­cept­ing the BET hu­man­i­tar­ian award to re­lay a di­rect ap­peal to view­ers: Go vote.

“Your voices are be­ing heard and you’re prov­ing to our an­ces­tors that their strug­gles were not in vain,” said the su­per­star singer at the BET Awards, which cel­e­brated its 20 years of high­light­ing ex­cel­lence in Black-led en­ter­tain­ment. But the cer­e­mony, filmed vir­tu­ally be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, kept much of its fo­cus on topics such as sys­temic racism and equal rights.

Bey­oncé was hon­ored for her phil­an­thropic work and re­lief ef­forts dur­ing the COVID-19 cri­sis. She said vot­ing in the up­com­ing elec­tion was the way to end a “racist and un­equal sys­tem” in Amer­ica.

“I’m en­cour­ag­ing you to take ac­tion,” she said fol­low­ing an in­tro­duc­tion by for­mer first lady Michelle Obama.

The singer ded­i­cated her award to the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment and en­cour­aged ac­tivists to con­tinue to push for­ward.

“We have to vote like our lives de­pend on it, be­cause it does,” she said.

OTHER HIGH­LIGHTS

Rap­per DaBaby lay on the pave­ment while an ac­tor play­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer pressed his knee on the rap­per’s neck.

The reen­act­ment at the be­gin­ning of the mul­ti­plat­inum rap­per’s per­for­mance of­fered a glimpse into the last mo­ments of the life of Ge­orge Floyd, killed by Min­neapo­lis po­lice last month. DaBaby rapped a verse from the Black Lives Mat­ter remix of his hit song “Rock­star” with Roddy Ricch at the awards.

On a vir­tual stage, Lil

Wayne paid trib­ute to the Black Mamba.

The rap­per hon­ored the late Kobe Bryant with a per­for­mance of his song “Kobe Bryant,” high­light­ing the NBA icon’s big­gest mo­ments. He paid trib­ute to Bryant who died in a he­li­copter crash in Jan­uary that killed eight oth­ers, in­clud­ing his 13-year-old daugh­ter, Gianna.

Wayne Brady trans­formed from his nor­mal ac­tor-co­me­dian self into the flam­boy­ant char­ac­ter of the late Lit­tle Richard.

Wear­ing a gold glit­tery tuxedo, Brady put on his best em­u­la­tion dur­ing a trib­ute to Richard, who died of bone can­cer in

May. Brady rolled around on the top of a pi­ano as he sung a med­ley hits from Richard, con­sid­ered one of the chief ar­chi­tects of rock ’n’ roll.

Me­gan Thee Stal­lion took to the desert in a per­for­mance themed after the “Mad Max” films.

Sport­ing a feath­ered crop top, she danced and twerked along­side her dancers who wore masks and main­tained so­cial dis­tance.

In the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic set­ting, she and her dancers rode through the desert land­scape on dusty ATVs.

Me­gan Thee Stal­lion’s per­for­mance came after she won best fe­male hiphop artist.

BET via AP

Bey­oncé ac­cepts the BET hu­man­i­tar­ian award Sun­day.

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