The annual celebration of black culture took place once again on the weekend of June 25th, 2017.
The award show hosted by the Black Entertainment Network (BET) was shrouded in controversy from the ongoing rivalry between hip-hop queens Remy Ma and 7 time BET Best Female Hip Hop artist, Nicki Minaj. Suddenly, Nicki’s 7-year winning streak with the award came to a crashing halt as Remy Ma won the award for the first time. The lyrist had fans appreciate her as she shared her excitement online via Twitter. She did not fail to drop a few lines from her diss track “Shether” leaving the audience in shock as she reignited the ongoing rap feud with her former long-time friend Nicki Minaj.
— Remy Ma (@RealRemyMa) June 26, 2017
Also among the more notable highlights of the evening was the performances by Mary J Blige, New Edition and Escape.After the untimely death of Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy on the 20th of June 2017, BET set aside a performance to commemorate one of Hip Hop’s heavy hitters. Though the show was meant as a good gesture, Master P had a few choice words to share on the opportunistic nature of the BET franchise. Likening them to vultures, Master P said he was “saddened” by the moves the entertainment network has taken to celebrate African American entertainers the likes of Prince, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston and others only giving them their due praise when they were dead and never while they lived.
The Truth Hurts…BET Would Have Never Changed Their Show For Prodigy If He Was Still Alive!! It was a great thing acknowledging and celebrating the life of Prodigy and all of his accomplishments. But It’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question… Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week… were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years? I’m willing to bet the answer is NO. I came to support my daughter today on the BET Experience stage but I decided that my family and I will not participate in the red carpet or awards events this year. I love my people and I support them but we really need to do better by each other. We lost a very talented brother, Prodigy. I send my condolences to his family. Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers but the truth needed to be heard.
The big winners of the night included Grammy winner, Chance the Rapper who scooped 3 awards including BET Humanitarian Award, BET Best New Artist and Best Collaboration for the chart topper “No Problem” which featured Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Starboy, Nigerian star Wizkid won the award for Best International Act Africa, while British Grime star Stormzy won the award for Best International Act Europe.