BET Awards Celebrate Beyoncé, Kobe Bryant + More With Record Attendance

Celebrating 20 years of black excellence, the BET Awards ceremony was a special night in entertainment that showed off the accomplishments of celebrities in the world of sports, music and more. Virtually attended by 3.7 million viewers across the BET, CBS and BET Her, the simulcast held a few very special moments.

Not lacking performances, the Amanda Seales-hosted show offered up a large list of musicians including Alicia Keys, Roddy Ricch, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Kane Brown, Megan Thee Stallion and Summer Walker. Lil Wayne performed a memorable rendition of his 2009 song “Kobe Bryant” to honor the basketball legend who passed earlier this year in a tragic helicopter crash. Watch the touching exhibition coupled with cuts of career highlights here.

Introduced by former first lady, Michelle Obama, who said “I am here to talk about the Queen. You know the one,” Beyoncé Knowles Carter received the 2020 Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts. BET showed a montage of Bey’s charity work including her own BeyGood organization.

With the award shows underlying Black Lives Matter theme, a number of artists made specific mention of large and small victories. Some actions were deemed positive while others were found to be too taxing for such a celebratory night as Alicia Keys ended the night with the following poignant message.

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