The 2023 BET Awards shook the entertainment world last night with a star-studded event that celebrated the past, present, and future of Black music and culture. Despite the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike casting a shadow of uncertainty, the annual awards show managed to deliver some truly surprising, heartfelt, and proud moments that left the audience in awe.
Quavo and Offset of the renowned Migos group came together for a spine-tingling tribute to their fallen bandmate, Takeoff. It was an emotional moment, marking their first performance since Takeoff’s tragic and untimely death last November. The powerful rendition left not a single dry eye in the house.
But the surprises didn’t end there. Teyana Taylor had an unexpected acceptance of her video director of the year award when her mother, Nikki, picked up a video call during the live broadcast. The “Gonna Love Me” singer was caught off guard but elated as she received the honor right then and there. Talk about a heartwarming moment that had everyone cheering!
The BET Awards didn’t just focus on American culture; it also celebrated the rich heritage of African and Jamaican culture with a global spotlight. The electrifying performances by Coco Jones and Busta Rhymes moved the audience to tears as they accepted the best new artist and lifetime achievement awards, respectively. The legendary Kid Capri had everyone on their feet, reliving the history of hip-hop over its impressive 50-year journey.
Meanwhile, the 15 non-televised awards brought some jaw-dropping ties. Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” and SZA’s “SOS” shared the album of the year title, while Chris Brown and Usher tied for the best male R&B/pop artist. These unexpected results left fans buzzing with excitement and ignited fierce debates about who truly deserved the crown.
The BET Awards embraced diversity and recognized talent from various genres. Latto took home the crown for the best female hip-hop artist, while Coco Jones emerged as the best new artist. The highly contested categories of best male R&B/pop artist and best group witnessed ties, further fueling the anticipation and speculation among fans.
The night also honored the accomplishments of international artists, with Burna Boy taking home the best international act award. The celebration of Black music was truly global, with performances by Afrobeats sensation Davido, who transported the audience from Lagos to Los Angeles with his infectious energy and undeniable talent.
The BET Awards didn’t shy away from addressing the struggles faced by Black artists. Coco Jones, in tears, reflected on her journey and urged Black girls to keep fighting for what they deserve. Teyana Taylor’s mother, Nikki, cleverly video-chatted her daughter on stage to accept the video director of the year award. These moments showcased the resilience and determination of Black artists in the face of adversity.
The evening was filled with unforgettable performances and tributes that paid homage to the roots of hip-hop. Kid Capri took the audience on a journey through different eras, while Busta Rhymes shed tears of joy and gratitude as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. The show also celebrated the indelible impact of reggae and dancehall on hip-hop, with electrifying performances by Jamaican artists.
The BET Awards ended on a high note with F.L.Y. leading the entire audience in a joyful rendition of their hit song “Swag Surfin’.” It was a powerful reminder of the love and passion that fuels the hip-hop genre.
The 2023 BET Awards was a night to remember, filled with emotional tributes, surprising ties, and electrifying performances that left the audience inspired.
Full List of Winners from BET Awards 2023
Album of the Year: (Tie)
- Beyoncé – “Renaissance”
- SZA – “SOS”
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: (Tie)
- Chris Brown
- Drake & 21 Savage
- “Wait For U” – Future feat. Drake & Tems
Best Female Hip Hop Artist:
Best Male Hip Hop Artist:
- Kendrick Lamar
Video of the Year:
- “Kill Bill” – SZA
Video Director of the Year:
- Teyana Taylor
Best New Artist:
- Coco Jones
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:
- “Bless Me” – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
Viewer’s Choice Award:
- “Break My Soul” – Beyoncé
Best International Act:
- Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act:
- Libianca (Cameroon)
BET Her Award:
- “Break My Soul” – Beyoncé
- “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
- Damson Idris
- Angela Bassett
- Marsai Martin
Sportswoman of the Year Award:
- Angel Reese
Sportsman of the Year Award:
- Jalen Hurts
Congratulations to all the winners at the 2023 BET Awards!