BET Awards 2015: Recap
By Royse Todd
New artist, old artist, young people and old all came together tonight on June 28, 2015 to celebrate the BET Experience Award Show. Kendrick Lamar opened the show with his hit song “Alright” and had the crowd standing on their feet. Anthony Anderson and Tracy Ellis Ross hosted the show live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. With their wit, charm and humor the crowd embraced them with open arms. The show was filled with artists, musicians, songwriters, actors and more. Some of the award presenters included Gabrielle Union, the cast of The Game, Terrance J, LaLa, Kelly Rowland and many more. Terrance Howard took the award for Best Actor while Anthony Hamilton accepted the award for Best New Artist on behalf of Sam Smith. Janelle Monae partnered by Jidenna hit the stage and gave a performance to keep the momentum going. Nickie Minaj took home the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist…Again! But, she performed hard with Chris Brown and Meek Mill.
If that wasn’t enough the Empire cast took over the stage with a jaw dropping performance and even mentioned the Supreme Court decision for marriage equality. The night moved forward with a 20 year anniversary performance by Bad Boy. Diddy took the stage and invited Lil Kim, French Montana and many of his other favorite artist to celebrate with him. With so many years in the past BET recognized the hardest working man in radio with the Humanitarian Award, Tom Joyner. Big Sean blessed the audience with a turnt up performance to remind us all that he dropped his first album four years ago today and he is still going strong. He was joined by E-40 to finish off his set. After his breathtaking opening performance it was only natural for Kendrick Lamar to receive the award for Best Male Hip Hop artist.
Robin Thicke, Neyo and Tori Kelly all gave a smoking tribute to Smokey Robinson, the recipient for the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Alicia Keys teamed with The Weekend to perform his hit song “Earned It”. Ciara wowed the audience yet again with her amazing dance moves and techniques to honor Janet Jackson, the recipient of the Inaugural Ultimate ICON: Music Dance Visual Award. As the show was coming to its final moments Pattie Labella joined K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton to fill the audience with an array of different vocal tones. The show ended strong with a performance by Fetty Wap performing “Trap Queen”.
After the past few years I didn’t think The BET Awards would ever get better, but this year BET televised an astounding show that was worth watching. It was nothing but entertaining and I could not stop watching it. From the hosts, to the performers and most of the award recipients this year’s show was on 10. Music Matters gets better each time they show a new artist and this year was just as good as they showcased two new artist to their viewers. All of the sponsors made sure to promote their products and let the audience know that they support BET. BET I applaud you on this year’s phenomenal show and I only hope next year is even better.