Taraji P. Henson hosted the 2022 BET Awards for the second year in a row in Los Angeles on Sunday, Essence reports. The star-studded event included shocking moments, inspiring performances and heartfelt tributes.
Here are some of the top moments from the BET Awards.
BET honored Kevin Samuels with tribute
The 2022 BET Awards will include a tribute to Kevin Samuels, the controversial YouTuber who died in May. The photo of Samuels appeared on the big screen during the awards ceremony as BET paid tribute to some celebrities who have passed away in the past year.
While some praised BET for honoring Samuels, others criticized the network for paying tribute to the controversial YouTuber who had gained a reputation for spewing questionable comments about women in particular.
Tem took home several prizes
It was an epic evening for Nigerian singer Tems, who received the award for Best Collaboration along with Justin Bieber and Wizkid. The trio gained recognition for their hit song ‘Essence’.
Tems also earned the BET Award for Best International Act.
The Nigerian singer dedicated her prize to women who ‘dare to dream’.
“Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen,” she said. “This is a dream. While you’re looking at me, I want you to introduce yourself as me, because you’re meant to be here too.”
Jack Harlow stood up for Lil Nas X
Jack Harlow showed off his Lil Nas X shirt at the BET Awards and made a statement for his friend who was banned from the program.
Chlöe Bailey mesmerized the audience
Chlöe Bailey captivated audiences with her performance at the BET Awards. The singer performed a seductive lap dance for one of her male dancers as she performed a rendition of her new single “Surprise.” Billboard reports.
The Grammy-nominated musician continued to mesmerize her fans with a performance of her song “Treat Me,” which was released in April.
Diddy thanked his ex while Yung Miami held up a sign for him
While receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Diddy gave a shoutout to his ex, Cassie.
“I’ve been in a dark place for a few years. I have to give a special shoutout, thank you, love, to the people who were really there for me,” Diddy said. “And Cassie too, to hold me in the dark times, dear.”
The singer’s current girlfriend, Yung Miami, watched from the crowd as she held up a sign that read “GO PAPI!”
Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music lifted the crowd
Legendary gospel singer Kirk Franklin joined Maverick City Music for a captivating performance at the BET Awards.
The artists played “Kingdom” from their new album for the first time kingdom book one, EFFORT reports. The group then performed Franklin’s 1995 hit song “Melodies from Heaven”.
Mariah Carey made a surprising appearance
Mariah Carey appeared shocking on stage during Latto’s performance. Carey joined Latto to perform the remix of “Big Energy,” the single originally released in 2021, according to Pitchfork†