Black excellence was certainly on display at last night’s BET Awards which were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s theme was “the year of the Black woman,” and was hosted by Taraji P. Henson.
While many accolades were distributed throughout the night, there were also several eyebrow-raising moments in the three-hour show. The top of them being Cardi B’s revelation that she was pregnant with her second child for Migos member, Offset.
In flamboyant Cardi style, she showed off her baby bump during a live performance alongside husband Offset as well as the rest of the Migos, Quavo, and Takeoff. The “UP” rapper also copped the prestigious video of the year for her award for her hit collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP.”
Megan Thee Stallion accepted the award as Cardi B left early, and fans were quick to notice that she left out Cardi B in the acceptance speech. The moment wasn’t lost for her, though, as she showed her appreciation when she accepted the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
“I really forgot to say ‘thank you Cardi’ for even putting me on ‘WAP’ because it makes me feel so good to be acknowledged by one of my peers, who I think so highly of,” she said. She’d go up on stage a few more times as she copped four trophies on the night.
She also won the Viewer’s choice award for the “Savage” remix and best collaboration with “WAP.”
Lil Baby, who opened up the show with gospel artist Kirk Franklin, took home Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Another highlight of the night was the anticipated tribute to DMX, who died in April, which was produced by his close friend Swizz Beatz. Busta Rhymes, Method Man, The Lox, Michael K. Williams, and Griselda joined the tribute to X.
The tribute included some of the late rapper’s hits like “Slippin’,” “Party Up,” “What’s My Name?” and “Where the Hood At?,”. The set also included some of his new tracks from his posthumous Def Jam album, Exodus, which was released May 28.
Chris Brown took home Best Male R&B/Pop Artist while Giveon, was named best new artist and the dynamic duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak Silk Sonic won the best group award. H.E.R., who gave a stunning performance, won Best Female R&B/Pop Artist while Chadwick Boseman posthumously Won Best Actor.
The Award Show also paid special attention to Pride Month as they featured performances by Lil Nas X, who paid homage to Micheal Jackson’s “Remember The Time,” with an ancient Egyptian set while performing his hit song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”