On Sunday night, the 18th-annual BET Awards took over Los Angeles, hosted by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards ceremony saw victories from Beyoncé (Best Female R&B/Pop Artist), Bruno Mars (Best Male R&B/Pop Artist), Migos (Best Group), Cardi B (Best Female Hip-Hop Artist), Kendrick Lamar (Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Album of the Year), SZA (Best New Artist), and more, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Anita Baker.
Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the 2018 BET Awards featured live performances from some of Hip Hop’s most popular artist today, like Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Migos, Miguel, Ella Mai, and Janelle Monáe.
Janelle Monáe is riding the wave of success this year, following the release of Dirty Computer. The Prince protege performed a duo of songs from the new album, including energetically-charged “Django Jane” and easy-going “I Like It”. Monáe’s “black girl magic” was on full display in her performance, dominating the stage with her ability to dance, sing, and rap like a Queen. Watch the full performance below:
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Another highlight of the awards ceremony was Snoopy Dogg‘s closing performance, where he executed a medley of songs including his own “What’s My Name” from his debut album Doggystyle that came out 25 years ago, Dr. Dre‘s “The Next Episode”, and a duo of songs from his sixteenth album Bible of Love, which welcomed Sly Pyper, Tye Tribbett, and a gospel choir that immediately brought the audience to their feet and clapping. Watch clips from his performance below: