The 2023 BET Awards showed out this year with several performances before and during the show. The award show celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, where rap legends (and those in the making) performed their hit songs.
“Culture’s Biggest Night” had performances from newcomers such as Ice Spice, GloRilla, Latto, and Coco Jones, and rap legends such as MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Trina, Trick Daddy, and more. Busta Rhymes was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Patti Labelle also did a special tribute to the late Tina Turner.
Both the East Coast and West Coast were represented on stage last night (June 25) including Kid Capri holding it down throughout all the performances.
Drake and Glo led nominations that came from both solo and collaborative efforts. The Toronto rapper was nominated for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Best Group with 21 Savage, and Album of the Year for Her Loss with 21 Savage. He was also nominated for the Viewer’s Choice Award for “Jimmy Cooks” with 21 and for his assist on Future’s “Wait For U,” with Tems, with the latter also being nominated for Best Collaboration.
Glo was nominated for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Best New Artist, Album of the Year for her debut LP Anyways, Life’s Great, Video of the Year for “Tomorrow 2” with Cardi B, and two nominations for Best Collaboration (“F.N.F. Let’s Go” and “Tomorrow 2”).
21 Savage and Lizzo earned five nominations each. Beyoncé, SZA, Ice Spice, Chris Brown, and Burna Boy each scored four nominations.
Please note that Patti Labelle’s Tina Turner tribute was not included, as official footage from her performance was not released.