The Best of BET Awards in Pictures

The annual BET awards held recently in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Regina Hall, the event included performances by Lizzo, H.E.R., Kirk Franklin, Cardi B, DJ Khaled and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Mary J. Blige.

L-R: Melina Matsoukas, Lena Waithe & Jodie Turner-Smith
L-R: Melina Matsoukas, Lena Waithe & Jodie Turner-Smith

 

Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy
Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy

 

BET honored Tyler Perry
BET honored Tyler Perry

The top highlights included a tribute to deceased rapper Nipsey Hussle, the artist, entrepreneur and activist who was deeply involved in his community in Los Angeles and included performances by Marsha Ambrosius, DJ Khaled and John Legend.  Nipsey’s mother, father, grandmother, sister, wife Lauren London, and his children, Emani and Kross Asghedom accepted the award.

BET host Regina Hall
BET host Regina Hall

 

Blac Chyna
Blac Chyna

Philanthropist Tyler Perry was honored with the Icon Award and talked about hiring actors Taraji Henson, Viola Davis and Idris Elba and building his Atlanta based Tyler Perry Studios.

Ray J, Princess Love, Yandy Smith
Ray J, Princess Love, Yandy Smith

 

Fantasia
Fantasia

 

John Legend
John Legend

Other highlights from the 19th annual BET Awards included “Little” star Marsai Martin who won the “Young Stars Award,” and at 14-years-old, is Hollywood’s youngest executive. There was also a stirring speech by Burna Boy’s mother and manager, Bose Ogulu, who while accepting the award for Best International Act on her son’s behalf, thanked the network and included a message from her son. “The message from Burna would be that every Black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else.”

La La Anthony
La La Anthony

 

Lil Kim
Lil Kim

Check out pictures from the red carpet and see the stars who showed up at this year’s BET 2019 Awards.

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