Los Angeles – BET honored Black excellence in music, television, film, and sports across more than 20 categories at “BET Awards” 2023. Throughout the music-centric night, Culture’s Biggest Night paid homage to the biggest names in Hip Hop over the past five decades with special music medleys curated by acclaimed DJ and producer Kid Capri in an exciting unscripted format.
The nonstop party aired live on BET live from the Microsoft Theater. “BET Awards” 2023 was simulcast across Paramount and internationally, the show was simulcast on BET Africa and BET France and will be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK, as well as BET Pluto in the UK and Brazil.
Some of the highlights of the show included Hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang performed their groundbreaking “Rapper’s Delight” which featured a tribute to the late Biz Markie with his “Just a Friend.”
The evening also saw Busta Rhymes receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award, in recognition of his prolific 30-plus-year career and impact as a rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
After being introduced by Marlon Wayans and Swiss Beatz, Busta received a standing ovation as he accepted the well-deserved award. After accepting the award, he performed a medley of dancehall and New York-inspired hits with an all-star line-up including Bia, Coi Leray, Cutty Ranks, Dexta Daps, M.O.P., Rah Digga, Scar Lip, Spice, Super Cat, and Swiss Beatz.
Longtime songstress and world recognized vocalist Patti LaBelle was called on to deliver a tribute to the late Tina Turner. LaBelle delivered a breathtaking performance of “The Best” in tribute to the late powerhouse Tina Turner. And one of the hottest acts on the hip hop scene these days is Latto, who won first place in the Best Female Hip Hop artist winner category. Latto delivered an electric performance of her hit “Put It On Da Floor.”
The “BET Awards” 2023 celebrated the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by an inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons.
The “BET Awards,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year.
First Photo Caption: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 25: Kaliii performs onstage during the BET Awards 2023 at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)