Kanye West was an unannounced expansion to the 2022 BET Awards, where he helped honor Sean ‘Diddy Combs’ prior to accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award
West shared tales about Combs in front of an audience at the yearly entertainment ceremony, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
Mary J. Blige brought back home the BET Her honor at the service, with Nigerian artist Tems brought back home two honors
In another unannounced shock, Mariah Carey hit the stage with Latto during an exhibition of Latto’s Big Energy
Latto’s hit tune Big Energy shares an example from Mariah Carey’s 1990s hit track Fantasy
Silk Sonic brought back home Album of the Year respects, while the couple made of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak likewise won Best Group and Video of the Year while Paak won Video Director of the Year
Kanye West made an unexpected appearance at the 2022 BET Awards to respect Lifetime Achievement Award champ Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds made that big appearance to introduce the honor to Combs, yet he confused fans when he brought out Kanye West.
West made that big appearance in his now-signature boots with a huge coat, dark glasses, dark cap and dark facial covering prior to taking to the mic and respecting Combs.
Fans were blessed to receive another shock too when Mariah Carey made that big appearance to do a two part harmony with Latto for her hit melody Big Energy, which includes an example from Carey’s hit tune Fantasy.
‘How do we crown our kings? How do we appreciate our kings? To think how far we could just make it off of inspiration,’
‘To hear the way somebody chopped a sample in. We are rushing in to see who could get the bad boy mixed tape and play back the original version of Benjamin’s over an end over,’
‘Me sitting at M crib. To puff without knowing. That statement is not legally binding,’
West said with a laugh.
‘To go to New York and think that because I saw the videos, everybody had on Leath jackets. To see Puff in real life. Just like me tapping free as a little kid. I just need to meet this man. This is my favorite artist. You see what I’m saying?’
‘ You know back then it was so many rules to hip hop. He broke all of them. Broke down all the doors. Understood contracts in a way a lot of us still don’t. Understood money in a way a lot of us still don’t. I go to him for advice to this day. He inspired so many of my choices. So many of my life choices. My wife choices. And here we are. Thanks for that, Puff,’
‘You understand getting snuck into the club at 17 years old. In Chicago. Thinking we was part of Bad Boy. This man was so famous, it was just good enough for me to be Chicago’s version of puff. You know, I took a little hiatus. I said I wanted to declare myself legally dead for a year. Nobody messing me. You know, I just want to be off the grid. Puff is pretty persistent. But I had to think. It’s like people, they get amnesia. Like I should never have to call more than one time,’ he said.
‘Any of us in this room, if Puff ever needed us, we need to jump and be there. This man has been through and survived a lot of stuff. Broke down a lot of doors so we could be standing. I know for me, that I could be here today. He broke down so many doors of classism, taste, culture, swag. Puff, if I never told you I love you, you’re my brother,’
The 2022 BET Awards got off to a great start on Sunday, when Jazmine Sullivan won the first award of the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.
The singer delivered a passionate plea to all of the men to support them, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
‘Hey thank you all. I love you too. As always, I do this for the women. For my sisters especially. It’s a hard time right now for us. I want to speak directly to the men. We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us,’ she began.
‘If you have ever benefited from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate a pregnancy, you need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s This is everybody’s issue. We need your support more than ever, okay, fellas. Y’all got us? We’ve got y’all. You all have got us? Thank you so much,’ she concluded.
‘Oh, my god. Can y’all hear me? Oh, my go. I said I wasn’t going to cry. Thank you, god. Thank you, mom. And we are watching. Thank you, mom. Thank you to my team. Oh, my go. Oh, my go. Never give in. A man policing my body,’
‘Hey, baby, I know you’re watching too. Thank you, baby. I said I was going to cry, yell. I’m so grateful if you know me and my story. It’s been a long time coming. I am so appreciative,’
‘My first award. And it’s my first award by black entertainment television, period. Shout out to all the other artists in the category, you deserve it just as much,’
Marsai Martin presented the Best Collaboration award, which was won by Wizkid Featuring Justin Bieber and Tems for their son Essence.
They beat out ‘Every Chance I Get,’ DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk’Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar, ‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA, ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug and ‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix),’ BIA Feat. Nicki Minaj.
Tems accepted the award and said,
‘Thank you, BET. Thank you, everyone. I want to — this award is for Africa. I just want to say the great thing is happening out of Africa right now. I just want to — this is dedicated to Africa and Nigeria. Thank you.’
The Chi stars Luke James and Kandi Burruss presented the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award, which was won by We Win by Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin
They beat out ‘All In Your Hands,’ Marvin Sapp, ‘Come To Life,’ Kanye West, ‘Grace,’ Kelly Price, ‘Hallelujah,’ Fred Hammond, ‘Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),’ H.E.R. & Tauren Wells and ‘Jireh,’ Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music.
Kirk Franklin accepted the award, stating,
‘So blessed to have an opportunity. I’ve been blessed to be in front of the most beautiful people in the world, my people. My entire career. My people are the most talented, the most gifted, the most anointed.’
‘And my job is to not only serve you but my job is to also serve the next generation. I have up here the next generation. And one thing that I have always had a problem with and it comes to our elders,’
‘A lot of times they will hold a position until they die and they don’t pass the baton and they die with the baton. So many of us died in financial poverty. Those that had the wealth did not pass the baton,’ Franklin added.
‘So many black churches died in ignorance because the pastor would not step down and pass the baton. So tonight because I have been blessed, I want to be a blessing to the next generation. Maverick city deserves this baton. This award. Maverick city. The next generation of gospel music. Give it up for then. Give it up for them,’
he said, handing the award to Maverick City.
Martin stars Tisha Campbell and Carl Payne presented the BET Her award, which was won by ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ by Mary J. Blige.
She beat out ‘Best Of Me (Originals),’ Alicia Keys, ‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe ‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox, ‘Roster,’ Jazmine Sullivan, ‘Unloyal,’ Summer Walker & Ari Lennox and ‘Woman,’ Doja Cat.
‘Thank you. Wow. Wow. Thank you so much, everybody. How are y’all doing? Good to see y’all. Give me a little bit of time. I won’t take long,’
‘It’s a blessing to still be doing what I love and to be in this category with all these amazing women who write songs that empower is a true honor. People always ask me, do I ever get used to winning awards and been nominated. I always say no because no matter how hard you work and even if you think you deserve it, you just don’t know how it’s going to go sometimes,’ she said.
‘So this is always an unexpected gift and blessing. Thank you. Almost done. These moments, these moments I never take for granted. Three years ago I was here receiving the lifetime achievement award and normally receive that award, that means you’re about to retire or be done and here I am today by the grace of god still winning, still nominated,’
‘It’s hard work on me every single day. It’s my priority. It’s not easy. But I have to look in the mirror and say good morning, gorgeous. No matter what I see that mirror, I have to say something to make me believe in myself. I thank god for the courage to do that and I thank god for everything. You are the greatest. Thank you to all my fans. I am — I’ve beyond appreciate you. Bet, thank you so much for always being there for all of us,’ she said, while also thanking H.E.R. and Lucky Daye for writing the song with her.
Eva Marcille presented the Best International Act award, which was won by Nigerian singer Tems.
She beat out Dave (UK), Dinos (France), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Fireboy DML (Nigeria), Little Simz (UK), Ludmilla (Brazil), Major League DJz (South Africa) and Tayc (France).
‘BET, thank you so much for this. Thank you so much. It’s an honor. This is my first award show that I am winning something. I just want to use this opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this,’
‘Every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen. Where I’m from, Lagos, Nigeria, this is a dream. As you’re watching me, I want you to imagine yourself as me because you are meant to be here too,’ she said.
‘I am dedicating this to every single young woman, every artist, everybody that is striving and dares to dream. I dare you to get up from your seat and go for your dream and fight for yourself. Because you can do it. You can do it. You can be here. Take this as a sign. If you are waiting for a sign from god, take this as that sign. It will be,’
Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer presented Best Male R&B Pop Artist, which was won by The Weeknd.
He beat out Blxst, Chris Brown, Givēon, Lucky Daye, Wizkid and Yung Bleu, though The Weeknd was not present to accept.
Tyler Perry’s Sistas stars KJ Smith, Mignon, Crystal Hayslett, Ebony, Obsidian and Novi Brown presented the YoungStars Award, won by Marsai Martin.
She beat out Akira Akbar, Demi Singleton, Miles Brown, Saniyya Sidney and Storm Reid.
‘My god. Hi, guys. Wow, this is crazy. Thank you so, so much to BET. Of course I need to thank god. God is the reason for all of this so I am so, so so grateful,’
‘Thank you to my parents. I love y’all. Thank you to my amazing family and friends. Look. They mean the world to me, so thank you so much. Listen. Us young people, we have to continue to use our voice, use our power. Use every inch of our love. Hold on. Anyways. I love you all,’ she added.
‘I appreciate you all. To the fellow nominees, I am so proud of us, proud of all of us. Thank you,’
Paula Patton took to the stage to present the Best Actress award, which was won by Zendaya for Euphoria and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
She beat out Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard, Coco Jones, Bel-Air, Issa Rae, Insecure, Jennifer Hudson, Respect, Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost, Queen Latifah, The Equalizer, Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary and Regina King, The Harder They Fall, though she was not present to accept the award.
Sanaa Lathan presented Album of the Year, won by An Evening with Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic, comprised of Bruno Mars and.
They beat out ‘Back Of My Mind,’ H.E.R., ‘Call Me If You Get Lost,’ Tyler, The Creator , ‘Certified Lover Boy,’ Drake, ‘Donda,’ Kanye West, ‘Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe,’ Jazmine Sullivan and ‘Planet Her,’ Doja Cat.
Bruno Mars took the stage, stating,
‘Hey. Thank you, guys, so much. It’s bittersweet because my partner in crime, Anderson Paak, is overseas but he wanted me to tell you he loves you.’
‘A lot of people we have to think. The silent third member of the group, Silk Sonic. Make some noise. Want to thank Julie Greenwald. Babyface, thank you. Thunder cat,’ he said.
‘I know everybody in this room knows how important this show is so I just want to thank bet for continuing support me in my career. And Paak’s career and Silk Sonic. Please one more of these. We did it. Thank you so much. Love y’all. Good night,’
A number of awards were quietly announced after the nearly-four-hour telecast, including Silk Sonic winning Best Group.
Megan Thee Stallion was named Best Female Hip-Hop Artist while Kendrick Lamar was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
Silk Sonic won another award for Video of the Year, though they tied with Family Ties by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar.
Anderson Paak also won Video Director of the Year, while King Richard won Best Movie and Will Smith won Best Actor.
Naomi Osaka was named Sportswoman of the Year while Steph Curry won Sportsman of the Year.
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Jazmine Sullivan – WINNER
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
The Weeknd – WINNER
Bruno Mars Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – WINNER
Chlöe x Halle
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
Dolph & Key Glock
‘Essence,’ Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – WINNER
‘Every Chance I Get,’ DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk
‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA
‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix),’ BIA Feat. Nicki Minaj
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Video of the Year
‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe
‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA
‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox
‘Smokin Out The Window,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – WINNER
‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
Video Director of the Year
Anderson .Paak A.K.A. Director .Paak – WINNER
Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch
Best New Artist
Benny The Butcher
Latto – WINNER
Album of the Year
‘An Evening with Silk Sonic,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak (Silk Sonic) – WINNER
‘Back Of My Mind,’ H.E.R.
‘Call Me If You Get Lost,’ Tyler, The Creator
‘Certified Lover Boy,’ Drake
‘Donda,’ Kanye West
‘Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe,’ Jazmine Sullivan
‘Planet Her,’ Doja Cat
Best International Act
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Fireboy DML (Nigeria)
Little Simz (UK)
Major League DJz (South Africa)
Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER
‘King Richard’ – WINNER
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’
‘Summer of Soul’
‘The Harder They Fall’
Adrian Holmes, ‘Bel-Air’
Anthony Anderson, ‘Black-Ish’
Damson Idris, ‘Snowfall’
Denzel Washington, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
Forest Whitaker, ‘Respect’ and ‘Godfather of Harlem’
Jabari Banks, ‘Bel-Air’ Sterling K. Brown, ‘This Is Us’
Will Smith, ‘King Richard’ – WINNER
Aunjanue Ellis, ‘King Richard’
Coco Jones, ‘Bel-Air’
Issa Rae, ‘Insecure’
Jennifer Hudson, ‘Respect’
Mary J. Blige, ‘Power Book II: Ghost’
Queen Latifah, ‘The Equalizer’
Quinta Brunson, ‘Abbott Elementary’
Regina King, ‘The Harder They Fall’
Zendaya, ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ – WINNER
Marsai Martin – WINNER
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Naomi Osaka – WINNER
Sportsman of the Year Award
Stephen Curry – WINNER
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
‘All In Your Hands,’ Marvin Sapp
‘Come To Life,’ Kanye West
‘Grace,’ Kelly Price
‘Hallelujah,’ Fred Hammond
‘Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),’ H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
‘Jireh,’ Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
‘We Win,’ Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – WINNER
‘Best Of Me (Originals),’ Alicia Keys
‘Good Morning Gorgeous,’ Mary J. Blige – WINNER
‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe ‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox
‘Roster,’ Jazmine Sullivan
‘Unloyal,’ Summer Walker & Ari Lennox
‘Woman,’ Doja Cat