BET Awards 2024: Grammy winner Usher honored for Lifetime Achievement


Usher accepts Lifetime Achievement Award 2024 BET Awards – even though the superstar thought it might be a little early.

The Grammy winner stayed on his feet while a parade of artists performed their hits — Childish Gambino kicked it off with “U Don’t Have to Call,” joined by Keke Palmer, who took the lead on “You Make Me Wanna…” Coco Jones appeared in the audience for a sensual rendition of “There Goes My Baby,” with Usher and his wife Jenn Goicoechea providing sweet vocals.

Summer Walker took the stage with the song “Good Good.” Tinashe did “Nice and Slow,” Marsha Ambrosius handled “Superstar” and Chloe performed “Good Kisser.” Teyana Taylor and Victoria Monét teamed up for “Bad Girl,” which mirrors Usher and Beyoncé's choreography from their performance of the song. Lato brought the energy for “Yeah!” In some ways, the tribute underscored the women who dominated the performances — including their take on the majority of the night.

Following introductions by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, Usher accepted the award from music executive L.A. Reid.

Usher began his lengthy speech by saying, “Getting here definitely hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it.” He also questioned the timing when reflecting on his career, “I'm still running and shooting and I still love this (expletive) as much as I did when I was 8 years old,” he said.

Much of his speech could not be heard by listeners at home because it was censored.

He once said, “I forgive everyone who has said anything negative about me, because that inspired me to become who I am.”

Earlier in the night, Will Smith standing in a circle of fire — along with Friday and gospel choir Sunday Service — to make the live debut of his latest single, “You Can Make It.”

“I don't know who needs this right now,” Smith began his set. “But I'm here to tell you that you can make it.”

Kirk Franklin joined in midway through, and the two then rapped together. Smith, who is set to make a comeback, sang “Ain't nobody got an easy ride.” Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars Two years ago, I said in the room. “There's wisdom in that fire. Dance in your darkest moments.”

The upcoming presidential election was a huge topic of discussion throughout the show. Childish Gambino presented Killer Mike with the Album of the Year Award. “Michael,” The rapper used his acceptance speech to address his Grammys arrest And voting.

“Technically, I shouldn't be here. I got handcuffed, and I got escorted out of this building. But I gotta tell you, look at God. Because I'm back, baby. I'm back and I'm winning,” he said in his speech. Killer Mike was arrested earlier this year for a physical altercation at the Grammys, which he said was caused by an “overzealous” security guard; he wasn't Charge sheet filed for the incident,

“They will tell you that who we vote for is important,” he continued his speech, “and that who we vote for on the big stage is important. But it’s more important that you know who your city council person is, who your prosecutor is.”

Megan Thee Stallion kicked off the show by emerging from an egg — a metaphor for her new musical rebirth — then launched into an energetic medley of her new singles “Hiss” and “Boa.”

“Bet, where my girls at?” she said, prompting Monet and Jones to shout into the crowd before launching into “Where Them Girls At” — a track that has become an instant fan favorite since its release on Friday Third studio album, “Megan.”

Taraji P. Henson hosted the show at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles. His opening monologue was a performance, with Henson rapping “It's About Us” in a loose parody of Kendrick Lamar's “Not Like Us”, which he had released in the midst of his Relighted. Quarrel With Drake.

“There's going to be no beef here tonight,” he joked, “Can we say plant-based?”

Tyla, Johannesburg South African Amapiano Superstarwon two honors on the show, including the award for Best International Acting.

Later in the night, she took home the award for best new artist. “It's crazy,” she said. “I just want to dedicate this to Africa.”

Monet, who earlier this year Grammy for Best New Artistmade her BET debut and set a high standard for performance, condensing a full set into just a few minutes with three costume changes and two songs, “On My Mama” and “Alright.”

Sexy Red then took the stage, and performed her beautiful bedroom song “You're My Everything”, then moved to another stage and changed costumes – performing “Get It Sexy” in front of an LED screen which depicted dancers dressed like the White House and the Secret Service.

The show took a new turn when two child rappers, VanVan and Heiress Harris, the daughter of rapper T.I. and singer Tiny Harris, performed their empowerment song “Be You” in the schoolyard.

The award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist went to SZA and Best Actress went to Regina King, both of whom were not present at the ceremony; the award went to Monét for “On My Mama”. She called her mother to accept it.

Country musician Tanner Adele performed her “Buckle Bunny” and her new song “Cowboy Break My Heart.” Gloriella emerged from the top, and came down with her dancers to sing “Yeah Glow!” and “Wanna Be” – the latter of which also featured a surprise appearance from Megan Thee Stallion. Shaboozie took the country by storm with her songs “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” And he's joined by rapper J-Kwon, who also appears on the track, creating an unexpected and fruitful collaboration across genres.

Lauryn Hill closed out the night, beginning with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and then “Lost Ones,” introducing her son YG Marley with his reggae tracks “Survival” and “Praise Jah in the Moonlight.” Best of all: Wyclef Jean appeared and the trio — in front of a full band — sang the Fugees' “Fu-Gee-La.” Pras, The Third Member of the Fugeeswere not present. The rapper, who was accused of multimillion-dollar political conspiracy during the tenure of two presidents, was convicted In April.

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