The 19th annual BET Awards went down on Sunday (June 23) at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hosted by Regina Hall, this year's ceremony featured performances from Cardi B, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Migos, Mustard, Meek Mill and more.
If you missed the show, then we got you. This week's Creative Weekly highlights some of the most memorable happenings at the event.
LIL NAS X & BILLY RAY CYRUS PERFORM ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ AT 2019 BET AWARDS
Lil Nas X can't be stopped. Fresh off the release of his debut EP 7, the 20-year old rapper brought his horses and cowboy moves to the saloon-themed stage at the 2019 BET Awards. Fitted in matching yellow leather jacket and pants, Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus performed their multi-platinum, genre-bending hit "Old Town Road."
"Old Town Road" remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an 11th straight week.
— BET (@BET) June 24, 2019
RIHANNA PRESENTS MARY J. BLIGE WITH LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT 2019 BET AWARDS
The Queen of Hip-Hop soul, Mary J. Blige was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at this year's BET Awards. Following a heartfelt speech from music's richest woman, Rihanna - Mary took to the stage to perform a medley of hits including "My Life," "Real Love," "No More Drama," "I'm Going Down," "Love No Limit," and "I Can't Love You." The Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/actress was assisted on stage by Lil Kim, Method Man and her iconic dance moves.
“People always ask how do I sustain and stay relevant in this industry,” Blige said while accepting her award. “It’s because although I am a leader, a queen, a living legend, although I’m all of these things, I’m a servant as well and I’m here to serve. Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular, but it’s the job and assignment I was given. It’s because in order to be an authority, I had to learn how to come under authority. It’s because when the glory is placed on me, I give it back to God immediately. This journey has always been bigger than me and my job is not only to survive, right now it’s to thrive and continue to make history while I do it.”
CARDI B & OFFSET PERFORM ‘CLOUT’ & ‘PRESS’ AT 2019 BET AWARDS
Cardi B, who won "Album Of The Year" at this year's BET Awards was the curtain raiser at the ceremony. The "Money" rapper took to the stage to perform her newest single Press as well as Clout with Offset from his "Father Of 4" solo debut album.
Earlier this week Cardi was reportedly indicted with 14 charges, including two counts of felony attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, relating to her involvement in a fight at a Queens strip club last year. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Bardi blasted TMZ and its founder Harvey Levin for going “out your way to report shit on people in the urban culture and even make shit up.”
"I never did jail time, I don’t have NO CRIMINAL RECORD but they want to drag this case because they want fame and they want press .Waste people tax money on a bullshit case a MISDEMEANOR CASE,” she added. “I don’t understand how I been to court 6 times for a misdemeanor a fucking MISDEMEANOR and now you try to upgraded to a FELONY E the lowest of the low cause I refuse to agree to ya terms !!!”
NIPSEY HUSSLE RECEIVES HUMANITARIAN AWARD AT 2019 BET AWARDS
Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom was honored with a posthumous humanitarian award at the 2019 BET Awards. The award was presented by T.I. and was received by Lauren London, Nipsey's father Emit Asghedom and mother Angelique Smith.
During her spirited speech, Smith detailed the contrasting feelings she felt after arriving at the Marathon Clothing Store in Slauson, the scene her son was shot and killed on march 31.
“One of Ermias’s close friends was very traumatized,” she recalled in part. “I walked over to him and put my hands on his shoulder, and I told him, ‘Evan, look into my eyes, Evan.’ I said, ‘You know that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, right Evan? You understand that, right?’ So even though our bodies die, as they call it on this side of eternity, our spirits lives."
“We lift out of this vessel and we continue on, and then I felt a spirit of retribution and revenge when I had my hands on his shoulder and I had to talk .. I was 100 percent present in the spirit and 100 percent absent in the body until I felt that spirit of retribution and revenge … I could tell I chased those spirits away from him.”
Hussle's grandmother, 88-year-old Margaret Boutte, told fans, “I was so amazed at how much love was out in the world for him that you up lifted me. I accepted his life as God said, ‘Nipsey, you've done your job, you have left your mark. I'm welcoming you into Heaven so you can rest.’ I loved him with all my heart and soul. Thank you so much for loving him too.”
YG, DJ KHALED, & JOHN LEGEND PAY TRIBUTE TO NIPSEY HUSSLE AT 2019 BET AWARDS
Nipsey Hussle received a passionate tribute at the 2019 BET Awards. Marsha Ambrosius kicked off the tribute with "Real Big" from Hussle's Grammy-nominated debut album Victory Lap. YG carried on with "Last Time That I Checc'd," also from Nip's debut album.
With help from a choir, Khaled concluded the segment with his "Father Of Asahd" single "Higher" featuring John Legend.
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THE 2019 BET AWARDS WINNERS
Cardi B cleaned house. Checkout the full winners list below.
Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
Travis Scott feat. Drake - "Sicko Mode"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Snoop Dogg Feat. Rance Allen - "Blessing Me Again"
Michael B. Jordan
Young Stars Award
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Sportsman of the Year Award
Album of the Year
"Invasion of Privacy"
H.E.R. - "Hard Place"
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Winners list via BET.
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