The BET Awards celebrated its twentieth anniversary on Sunday, June 28th with a special virtual ceremony.
The virtual ceremony has received incredible reviews for its well-organised performances, award presentations, acceptance speeches, as well as for its tributes and honours to the black community.
Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lil Wayne and DaBaby were a few that paid respect to the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests that call for justice.
The rapper DaBaby was nominated for four BET Awards and won Male Hip-Hop Artist of 2020.
DaBaby’s BET 2020 performance
DaBaby’s performance of the song “Rockstar,” featuring rapper Roddy Ricch. In this performance, they paid tribute to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The pre-taped performance starts with DaBaby laying on the ground with a white police officer kneeling on his neck, referencing the tragic death that George Floyd who died in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis.
“Even if I told you still you wouldn’t understand what happened, rather be myself with people looking at me no matter. A Rockstar! Trynna keep my eyes on my own paper like my teachers told me,” DaBaby raps while clips from BLM protests all over the USA start showing.
DaBaby’s tribute to George Floyd
During the performance, DaBaby continued:
“Cops want to pull me over and embarrass me, abusing power. We’re all fed up. Just watch the news; they’re burning cop cars, killing others, break the law and call us outlaws. They want us to keep it peaceful, you should have seen him hate me.”
DaBaby then raps in front of a burning police car wearing a durag, while protesters around the car wear masks and T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter,” “I am George Floyd,” “I am Breonna Taylor” and more.
The powerful statement peaks with a young black girl walking towards the camera, holding a sign that says “More Love” while audio from a viral speech of a 9-year-old girl on police brutality plays.
“We are Black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to. It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore”, the girl cries.
DaBaby received various criticism, but mostly positive feedback for bringing together a powerful performance, supporting the Black Lives Matters movement and stating that the conversation is still open.
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