The theme of Sunday’s display — “Our Culture Can’t Be Canceled — comes at a time of cultural unrest over racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
Host Amanda Seales, a comic and actress on “Insecure,” referenced the show’s virtual production due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re getting actual involved with being actual within,” Seales quipped.
Given current events, she said, the show had to as well.
“We deserve a damage,” Seales said. “And once I say ‘we,’ I imply all us black other people, staring at the kneeling, the gratuitous Kente fabric, the ‘I take accountability’ speeches and announcing to ourselves, ‘Wow. Y’all goofy.'”
Seales paid tribute to classic BET programming, with skits that included her pretending to perform on the network’s famed “BET Comicview” stand up series.
The first performance of the night was presented by rapper Roddy Ricch, followed by singer John Legend.
Nicholas Johnson, Princeton University’s first black valedictorian in its 274-year history, also made a brief appearance.
Megan Thee Stallion received the evening’s first award, best female hip hop artist, and accepted the honor in a pre-recorded speech from quarantine.
The BET Awards announced last week that Beyoncé would be honored with their prestigious Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s 20th annual show.
The celebrity singer and actress was selected in popularity of her BeyGOOD initiative, during which she has established a number of scholarship and philanthropic foundations.
Most just lately, in accordance with the Covid-19 pandemic, Beyoncé teamed up together with her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, for the #IDIDMYPART cellular checking out initiative, supporting Houston communities of colour which were disproportionately impacted through the pandemic.
Beyoncé additionally donated to enhance organizations at the flooring which are operating to satisfy the bodily and psychological well being wishes of the ones maximum susceptible.