Given almost everything that took place at Sunday’s Bet Awards, one particular would be forgiven for needing some time to method.
Initially up was the crimson carpet: a intellect-boggling mix of stunners and head scratchers. Zendaya confirmed up sheathed in a sheer Versace dress worn by Beyoncé for a Guess overall performance in — get completely ready to sense old — 2003. (We thank Zendaya and her stylist, Law Roach, for pulling the glimpse, but we did not will need to feel so aged.)
Lil Nas X amazed viewers with a swift on-the-carpet outfit alter, from a floral-print suit into a ball robe by the designer Andrea Grossi that provided a bolero jacket, suspenders and a whole skirt. He tore up the pink carpet up and trolled his critics on-line.
Issa Rae, an additional standout, wore a white blazer dress with exaggerated shoulders the search screamed Hollywood manager, and correctly so.
Lots of other attendees left all those of us looking at from property asking yourself if the stars were, as a person writer place it, “social distancing from their stylists.”
Immediately after the action-and-repeat, things definitely bought started. The clearly show, which had billed alone as a celebration of Black women and the major night time in culture, was total of surprises — some planned and other folks clearly accidental. (As typical, there were a lot of skipped cues and specialized complications.)
The night’s host, Taraji P. Henson, gave us glance soon after seem, wig immediately after wig. DaBaby’s locker area-themed efficiency experienced chaotic-excellent electricity and a dancer relocating all around the phase in a giant toddler costume, thrusting his hips to the conquer.
But the funniest element of the night was when the digicam panned down to Consultant Maxine Waters and her back again was experiencing the phase. (She was probably viewing a display screen, but it is funnier to visualize she was just ignoring the motion.)
There have been other memorable moments, which includes when Megan Thee Stallion — the night’s largest winner — took the phase in a waist-length blond wig, a patent leather-based bodysuit and killer shades. She delivered bars, appears, choreo and achieved all her cues. We stan a rehearsed queen!
Tyler, the Creator performed “Lumberjack,” from his latest album, “Call Me if You Get Shed,” supplying us Hollywood creation to the level in which some puzzled irrespective of whether Steven Spielberg was driving the setup the rapper showed up onstage, seemingly in the middle of a tornado, in a classic blue-eco-friendly motor vehicle.
R&B confirmed symptoms of lifetime when Jazmine Sullivan and Ari Lennox executed “Sit on It,” from Ms. Sullivan’s album “Heaux Tales,” which felt like a sturdy heat hug, and just after the very last yr and a 50 % we all had, we could use a large amount more of individuals.
Lil Nas X strike the phase in a Michael-Jackson-in-“Remember the Time”-influenced ensemble. In a gold historic-Egyptian-fashion costume, complete with a cobra headband, he writhed to his most up-to-date one, “Montero (Get in touch with Me By Your Title).”
Toward the stop of his efficiency, he climbed a set of stairs that resembled ruins whilst casually twerking. (Indeed, he’s a hero.) As the song ended, he turned to the dancer on his suitable and, in real Madonna-and-Britney fashion, gave him a passionate kiss.
On Twitter, viewers applauded Lil Nas X for his fearlessness. (Other folks were being not as thrilled about the overall performance, but that was aspect of the position: to troll them.)
At this position in the night, men and women were dropping it on social media, but there were still several surprises to arrive: Ms. Henson supplying an odd lesson on twerking the solid of Tyler Perry’s “Sistas” presenting the finest worldwide award though dragging Monique’s most current consider on Black women donning bonnets in public and a star-studded memorial for DMX, who died in April, which incorporated Busta Rhymes executing his personal rendition of “Up in Here” and a prerecorded prayer by the late rapper.
By the time Guess honored Queen Latifah with a Life time Achievement award, we had been worn out.
Right after becoming celebrated with handles of her music by Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte and Rhapsody, Queen Latifah drop a number of tears in the course of her acceptance speech. It finished with her saying “Happy pride!” with a peace indicator and a wink. We listen to you, girl.