For the past 20 years the annual BET awards has celebrated and recognized Black entertainers that heavily impacted Black culture and the entertainment world in general. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Drake and Rihanna are just a few of the countless Black music artists to have been honored with a BET Award.
Most of us have been tuning into the BET Awards every year since its inception in 2001, watching excitedly as some of our favorite rappers and singers give top-tier performances. The BET Awards has always been a special award ceremony, and the 2021 BET Awards exemplified that. Those who watched the 2021 BET Awards live, or saw some of the performance clips on YouTube, already know that this year’s award show didn’t come to play!
Taraji P. Henson’s comedic hosting intertwined with the live performances and an even livelier audience was a reminder of just how lit the BET Awards can get. DaBaby flying in the air is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the top 2021 BET Awards moments. If you want a recap of some of the dopest moments and performances from the 2021 BET Awards keep reading onward. Of course this is in no particular order because all of these performances deserve the number one spot!
Taraji P. Henson impersonating her inspirations & Breaking Down the History of Twerking
Ms. Henson kept us laughing as she imitated H.E.R, Erykah Badu, joked with Method Man and gave us all a history lesson on a** shaking.
Silk Sonic “Leave The Door Open” Performance at Club Nouveau
Silk Sonic’s “Leave The Door Open” performance looked like a throwback “Soul Train” episode. Both Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars’ vocals were on point, and so were their retro outfits.
Meg Thee Stallion and “Thot Sh-t”
We all love Meg, especially when she shows us why we all want “Megan knees.” Megan Thee stallion was stuntin’ in all black latex looking like a dominatrix as she performed “Thot Sh-t.”
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil Nas X was looking like royalty on stage! Egyptian royalty that is. The back-up dancers, Michael Jackson choreography and sensual kiss made Lil Nas X’s performance one of the best of the night.
Queen Latifah Tribute
Powerhouse rappers MC Lyte, Rapsody and Lil’ Kim honored Queen Latifah as the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by rapping her hit songs, need I say less?
This was a bittersweet tribute since we lost the legendary DMX in April of this year. Nevertheless, Busta Rhymes, Method Man and rap group Griselda gave a phenomenal tribute to the iconic Ruff Ryder DMX.
DaBaby Balls Out
DaBaby’s performance of his new single “Ball If I Want To” was too hype and even included people slam-dunking onstage. Oh yea, he also flew in the air while holding his dancer’s Rapunzel wig too.