Wizkid and Stormzy Win Best International Act, Issa Rae Slays and Other Highlights From the 2017 BET Awards
From Issa Rae's "awkward black girl moment" to Solange's acceptance speech, here are the highlights from this year's BET Awards.
DIASPORA—The 2017 BET Awards went down last night in Los Angeles and it was a rather eventful night to say the least.
Starboy, Wizkid, beat out Mr Eazi, AKA, Nasty C, Davido and more, taking home his second Best International Act: Africa award. While grime heavyweight, Stormzy won his second Best International Act: Europe award. Sadly, it seems that despite some artists best efforts and angry tweets from previous years, these awards were still not televised.
Nonetheless, some of our favorite African celebs were in attendance. Some as presenters, others as performers and some were just there being black and beautiful.
As with any award show, the 2017 BET Awards offered a healthy does of awkward mixups, humor, technical difficulties, and also top-notch entertainment.
Below are some highlights from this year's award show.
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Our favorite showrunner, Issa Rae had quite the "awkward black girl" moment when MC Lyte mistakenly introduced her as Black-ish star, Yara Shahidi. I guess things come full circle? There was nothing awkward about how fly Rae's looked in her outfit though!
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 26, 2017
French Montana enlisted The Ghetto Kids for an "Unforgettable" performance of his hit song with Swae Lee. It was great seeing the Ugandan dance crew on stage with the two rappers, but the overall performance did have a few questionable moments. Insecure star Yvonne Orji summed things up nicely with this tweet:
As an African I GOT SOOO MANY QUESTIONS about this #FrenchMontana performance 👀
— Yvonne Orji (@YvonneOrji) June 26, 2017
You can watch the performance for yourself here:
— Lawal Lateef D. 🌺 (@Latchenko) June 26, 2017
Ghanaian actor Kofi Siriboe showed up looking like this:
— Kofi Siriboe (@kofisiriboe) June 26, 2017
Princess Vitarah and comedian Michael Blackson were also in attendance.
— Princess Vitarah (@PrincessVitarah) June 26, 2017
OkayAfrica favorite, Solange won the Centric Award, and her acceptance speech was just as gracious as you'd expect.