The turn-up of 2017 has begun!! It’s that time a year where music talent near and far, show-up to show-out, at the BET Music Awards. This year the talent is steep. The period of 2016 – 2017 has produced amazing hits with tracks that have kept fans drawn to their music devices. From DJ Khalid to Mary J Blige, the BET award stage will be “LIT”.
Jumping off the the BET Award Show, is the BET Live Experience 2017 and Fan Fest. This is a 3 day music event that started on the 22nd of June, and doesn’t end until the day before award show. The three day event kicks off the this annual award show. The BET Live experience and fan fest will entail the popular celebrity B-ball game, meet and greets, and more.
Day 1 of the BET Live Experience headlined Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and Kid Cudi. The next two days is Bryson Tiller, Asap Rocky, and hit-list of others. The Stable Center in Los Angeles, California is the joint every hip-hop fan wants to be. After three days of celebrity bliss, the award show will kick – off, satisfying music-lovers as it does every year.
Comedian, Leslie Jones, will be hosting this years award show. Jones is excited about hosting the BET Awards this year and says she will try to make few mistakes, while, refraining from celebrity roasting. After recently calling, Dennis Hoffman, Al Pacino, she says she will do her research ahead of time to prevent the same mistake happening on stage.
The Queen “B”, dominates another year of the award show, with seven nominations. Categories of nominees range from, Best Collaborations, for her two songs, Shining and Freedom. Beyonce is even recognized for Video Director of the Year! There is nothing Beyonce can’t do in this music industry, for she remains a multi-threat.
Bruno Mars, hit the beginning of the year spitting out party anthems, like 24K Magic. The banging joint has the r&b artist nominated for Album of the year, Song of the Year, and Viewers Choice Awards. The 90’s inspired hit, “That’s What I like”, earned him a nomination for Video Director of the Year. There’s no doubt that Mars will walk away with an award or two.
It’s about to go down in the Best Female Rapper category. This year the hot new comer, Young MA will go up against, hip-hop veterans like, Missy Elliott, Remy Ma, and Nikki Minaj. Other new-comer, Cardi B is also part of the all-star battle for Best Female Rapper of the year. The competition is beyond fierce in this category. There are five idolized female MCs competing for the spot, so may the best woman win.
Asap Rocky is one the Harlems finest MC’s. He may have a “F***ing Problem”, but fame isn’t one. This year he will be performing at the award show along with a roster of others. Among the performers of the night, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, and DJ Khalid will hit the stage to perform their latest hits.
This year the Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to New Edition. The musical influence of New Edition is evident when listening to many boy bands and R&B groups of today. The group still performs til this day. Recently, BET has already commemorated the iconic group, with the New Edition mini series that aired earlier this year. The mini series exceeded the networks viewing forecast, for it had millions watching. The movie confirmed why the group still thrives musically, and why fans still line up 30 years later to experience their sound. So, now, when the members of New Edition step up to receive their awards, there should be no question as to “why”.
In hip-hop there have been many losses. When a musical legend dies, fans feel the impact. Recently, hip-hop lost one of its honored soldiers, Mobb Deep’s, Prodigy. At 42, Prodigy passed while in Las Vegas. He was hospitalized for complications related to Sickle Cell Anemia. This year, BET will take a moment to remember Prodigy for his contribution to hip-hop.
The BET Music Awards, holds no reputation for letting its fans down. This year show will be the year you definitely don’t want to miss! It’s the event of the this summer! There are many award shows to watch, but only one kicks off the summer of 2017! Watch the BET Music Awards on June, 25 to see more to come!