When you’re around the area of L.A Live you get a definitive affirmation of not just where you are but also who runs the show there. Those statues appear larger than life to those that are paying the town a visit, but if you’re a native nahh, they’re accurate, as they stood that tall above all others. You can’t really argue against their assessments, however. There’s the silhouette logo of the NBA itself, Jerry West; Elgin Baylor soaring to the hole; Shaq, with the knees to the chest, swinging from the rim after a power slam; the majestical sky hook of Kareem; and finally the rock in one hand, while the other assigning spots on the court traffic director Irving “MAGIC” Johnson. Legends all. All that history and still not satisfied. Having Anthony Davis and LeBron James two years removed from a championship run, they have their sights set on a superstar on one of our local teams. “Nahh dawg, you’re not getting Kyrie, my dude,” we declare with all the bravado we can muster, hoping that no one notices the inner turmoil. Seconds later we get the announcement of the next celebrity about to walk the red carpet: Kyrie Irving. If this was any other night, that would be a telling sign, but for Sunday, June 26, any and everybody that has impact on the culture would be here at the Microsoft Center for the 2022 BET Awards; back live in a packed auditorium!

The BET Awards 2022 celebrated the absolute best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by an inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons. The BET Awards, which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year. An array of artists delivered unforgettable and sensational surprise performances, including Latto with YDB and Mariah Carey, Jack Harlow with Brandy, and Lil Wayne. Many artists also spoke out about the repeal of Roe v. Wade and gun control. The heaviest performance was the star-studded tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs who was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, making the show once again the #1 trending topic on Twitter. In fact, the LIVE award show was the best performing cable award show with viewership this year. “We couldn’t be more thrilled about this year’s ratings! Every year, we strive to have the BET Awards celebrate and reflect that which is best and most important to our community and culture in our hope to inspire them to dream big and take action. I salute my colleagues for delivering an event that has so profoundly resonated,” said Scott Mills, CEO of BET.

“We always knew we had a very special show, but now the ratings confirmed we are truly culture’s biggest night! We are grateful to our audience for tuning in live and on social media, all who stepped on stage, from the artists who delivered show-stopping performances and their teams, to our nominees and presenters. We could not be more proud,” said Connie Orlando, BET EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy.

The complete list of winners are as follows:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“An Evening with Silk Sonic” – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

BEST COLLABORATION
Wizkid feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence”

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Jazmine Sullivan

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
The Weeknd

BEST NEW ARTIST
Latto

BEST GROUP
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Megan Thee Stallion

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin – “We Win”

BET HER AWARD
Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Tems (Nigeria)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak

BEST MOVIE
King Richard

BEST ACTRESS
Zendaya

BEST ACTOR
Will Smith

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
Marsai Martin

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Naomi Osaka

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Stephen Curry

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.

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