Stars use the BET Awards stage to criticize the Roe v. Wade: NPR

Janelle Monae presents the award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


hide title

toggle title

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


Janelle Monae presents the award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

LOS ANGELES — Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were among the big stars who took to the stage at the BET Awards to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down women’s constitutional protections for abortion.

Henson took to the stage as host of the show on Sunday with an uplifting message about “black excellence” before launching into the court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade last week. The actor took the stage after Lizzo opened the show with a flute solo in a sparkly gold suit performing her single “About Damn Time.”

“It’s about time we talked about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America,” Henson said, thanking Lizzo, who along with Live Nation recently donated $1 million in proceeds from the tour to Planned Parenthood. “A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life, if she wishes.”

Janelle Monae raised her middle finger to the Supreme Court before introducing the nominees for best female R&B/pop artist. Her speech garnered standing applause at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“These artists are making art on our own terms, owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body and our decisions, my body,” said the singer, who also paid tribute. to the LGBTQ+ community. “(explicit) Supreme Court. I know we are celebrating ourselves right now as we should. We absolutely deserve to celebrate, especially now that we must celebrate our art by protecting our right and our truths.”

Afterwards, Sullivan was introduced as the category winner by Monae, who asked the men to support the women.

“It’s a tough time for us,” Sullivan said. “I want to speak directly to men: We need all of you. We need all of you to stand up, stand up for us, stand up with us. If you’ve ever benefited from a woman making one of the hardest decisions of her life, that is terminate a pregnancy, you must stand up. This is not just a women’s problem. This is everyone’s problem. We need your support more than ever.”

Muni Long performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


hide title

toggle title

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


Muni Long performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Latto gave an emotional speech after winning the award for best new artist.

“It’s pro-choice giving,” said the rapper, who later performed her smash hit “Big Energy” with Mariah Carey. “It is never to give a man surveillance of my body.”

Singer Tems dedicated her award for best international performance to the many women who “dare to dream”.

“Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen,” said the Lagos, Nigeria-born singer, who won best collaboration with Justin Bieber and Wizkid for her song “Essence.” “This is a dream. If you are looking at me, I want you to imagine yourself as me because you are meant to be here too.”

Doja Cat entered the show as the top nominee with six. The chart-topping artist is nominated for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for her No. 1 hit “Planet Her” and BET Her for “Woman.” Her and SZA’s “Kiss Me More” is nominated for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration.

Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the ceremony’s highest honors. The music mogul is the founder of Bad Boy Records, has his own TV network, fashion line and is a three-time Grammy winner who has worked with a host of A-list artists including Notorious BIG, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.

Marsai Martin accepts the award for young star at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


hide title

toggle title

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP


Marsai Martin accepts the award for young star at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Drake and Ari Lennox were the second most nominated acts, with four nominations each. Three nominations went to various others, including Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chloe Bailey, Future, HER, Jazmine Sullivan, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige, and Tems.

Jack Harlow performed “Poison” alongside Lil Wayne before Brandy took the stage with him for his hit “First Class.” As Harlow and Brandy performed, the camera turned to his brother, Ray J, who was seen dancing in the audience.

Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$ performed “The Highs & the Lows.” Wearing her pink dress, Muni Long opened her set with a snippet of “Time Machine” before her jam “Hrs & Hrs.”

Winners in all 19 categories, including movie and sports awards, are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, made up of entertainment professionals and fans.

Leave a Comment