The 2018 BET Awards was a night to remember. The 18th annual award show featured unforgettable moments from Jamie Foxx, Anita Baker, Snoop Dogg, and lots more! To find out what you missed, scroll through the gallery below!
J. Cole shut the house down with a surprise performance! The “KOD” rapper, who was not originally listed as a performer, brought the crowd to its feet after his powerful rendition of his hit song “Friends,” which included cameos from Wale and Daniel Caesar.
Nicki Minaj proved we really do need rappers like her. The BET Award-winning rapper delivered a hot and sexy performance of her two recent singles “Chun Li” and “Rich Sex” (she performed in a latex kimono!). She also posed on a fake pink horse as she joined rappers YG and 2 Chains for their performance of “Big Bank.”
Jamie brought Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) on stage for an impromptu performance of "This Is America." While it was a short and sweet moment on stage, the comedian’s praise of the Golden Globe-winning actor’s honest and true lyrics was no doubt special and unforgettable.
John Legend honored real-life heroes of the year. Some of the honorees included Stoneman Douglas survivor Anthony Borges, Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr., “Spiderman” Mamadou Gassama and 11-year-old March For Our Lives speaker Naomi Wilder.
Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, Marsha Abrosius, and even the host of the evening, Mr. Foxx, delivered an unforgettable tribute to eight-time Grammy Award winner Anita Baker. The legendary R&B singer was awarded BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award and delivered a touching speech, which she dedicated to all artists, young and old, who are fighting for their truth to be told in their music.
Meek Mill delivered one of the most powerful performances of the night. The Philadelphia rapper debuted his new track, “Stay Woke,” which featured Miguel. The emotional performance included tributes to late rappers XXXtentacion and Jimmy Wopo, both of whom were murdered last week, while also addressing police brutality, mass incarceration, and gun violence.
Following BET’s In Memoriam tribute, Jamie took a moment to honor XXXtentacion, and speak out against gun violence.
Snoop Dogg took the audience to church! The rapper, who closed out the show, started his performance with a few of his classic 90's hits, including “Who Am I” and “The Next Episode.” However, he switched things up as he ended things with two songs from his gospel rap album Bible of Love. He even brought gospel star Tye Tribbett on stage!
What was your favorite moment of the night? Sound off in the comments!