Already noted as one of the best BET Hip Hop Awards of all time, last night’s awards ceremony not only showcased some of music’s biggest current talents, it also allowed a platform for emerging artists and cyphers to get the attention they’d been craving for throughout their developing careers.

Lil Pump kicked off the show by performing his top chart hit, “Gucci Gang,” followed by notable performances by current leading forces in the Hip Hop Industry such as A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, and Taylor Benett.

Lil Wayne accepted the “I am Hip Hop” award, being recognized by the industry as “the definition of Hip Hop in all aspects.” Lil Wayne gave an emotional tribute upon accepting the award, sharing his near-death experience and how it redefined love and legacy in his life. He thanked his fans, his family (his daughter, Reginae Carter, and mother, Jacida Carter, were both at his side), and his steadfast supporters (“the people who refuse” to stop supporting him, even after his years of drug issues and his lack of new material over the past near-decade). Most importantly, he thanked a former New Orleans homicide detective he called Uncle Bob, who saved his life from a suicide attempt. Holding his award, Wayne again thanked his friends, his family, and Uncle Bob, and promised to his fans and loved ones that he’ll continue to hold on. “To my fans, to my family, to my supporters, to Uncle Bob, to BET, I refuse to stop. Thank you.”

Cardi B took over when she performed “Get Up to 10” and “Backin it Up” with Pardison Fontaine, letting the crowd know exactly why she’s winning. Cardi B won four BET awards last night for MVP of the Year, Best Feature Verse for “MotorSport,” Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Freestyle), and Hustler of the Year. “I’m thankful and I’m grateful,” she said.

Lil Duval closed the show with Ball Greezy and Shiggy while showing the crowd how to live their best lives with his top chart track, “Living my Best Life”. The comedian-turned-hip hop artist let the crowd know he’s far from done- with promises of a record in the upcoming future.

 

Source: Noa Kimia