This time last year, COVID-19 had the world at a standstill. Some people were cooped up in the house doomsday prepping by hoarding all of the water and toilet paper they can find. Others risked it all and started protesting police brutality in the heart of a global pandemic. While the world was petrified and the U.S. was divided, many looked to television to stay informed and connected. The 2021 BET Awards made drastic adjustments to make the show work. Virtual effects, green screens, and closed sets kept production crews and their select performers safe while working to present a quality show. It was refreshing to see some of today’s hottest artists put their health on the line to keep viewers entertained. Most importantly, it was admirable to address social injustices that were affecting the black community more than any other.
For the 21 BET Awards, the theme was to cater to the Nubian Queens that have made history and continue to do so presently. Award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson hosted the festivities throughout the night. To pay homage, she dressed up as many of her favorite musical performers by the likes of Tina Turner and Diana Ross just to name a few. The evening was filled with women empowerment that shed light on those doing groundbreaking decisions in the community and more. Along with philanthropic initiatives, there were performances catered to the ladies.
Yes, the Migos set the tone by not only did their thing but bringing out Cardi B who debuted a glitter-encrusted baby bump while featuring on stage. Megan thee Stallion practically caused a stampede with a dance group of hot girls choreographed to the T. Smooth vocals by dynamic duo Silk Sonic serenaded females in the crowd telling them that they’ll leave the door open. Jazmine Sullivan had a soulful duet with Ari Lennox as they have a nostalgic vibe over-sharing ‘Heaux Tales’. City Girls came out of the sky to hit the floor and bring the twerkulator back in 2021. The most coveted point of the night for women was when BET honored Queen Latifah with a Lifetime Achievement Award by female MC greats Lil’ Kim, Monie Love, Rapsody, and MC Lyte.
Women (especially black women) deserve a show to express themselves while being celebrated at the same time. Check out clips and pics from the 21 BET Awards and comment on your favorite artist or performance below.