Sydney, 2022-06-26 22:15:00. BET Awards: Stars use stage to criticize Roe v. Wade
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Taraji b. Henson, Janelle Mooney and Jasmine Sullivan are among the top stars who have used the BET Awards stage to criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to withdraw constitutional protections for women from abortion.
Henson took the stage as the show’s host on Sunday with a letter elevating “black discrimination” before she began overturning last week’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling by the court. The actress took to the stage after Lizzo opened the show with Minnai in a gleaming gold outfit performing her song “About Damn Time”.
“It’s damn time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than women. It’s a sad day in America,” Henson said, thanking Lizzo, who with Live Nation recently donated $1 million in proceeds from the Planned Parenthood tour. “The weapon that can take a life is more powerful than a woman that can give life – if she so chooses.”
Janelle Mooney raised her middle finger towards the Supreme Court before presenting nominees for Best R&B/pop Artist. Her speech drew standing ovations at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“These artists make art on our own terms, own our facts and express ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control our bodies, my body, our decisions, and my body,” said the singer, who also paid tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. “(Explicitly) Supreme Court. I know we’re celebrating right now as we should. We totally deserve to be celebrated—especially now that we should celebrate our art by protecting our right and our truths.”
Next, she presented Mona Sullivan as the winner in this category – who made an appeal to men for their support of women.
“It’s a tough time for us,” Sullivan said. “I want to speak directly to men: We need you all. We need you all to stand up, stand up for us, stand up with us. If I ever benefited from a woman making one of the hardest decisions of her life, ending a pregnancy, you should be standing up. This It’s not just a women’s issue. This is everyone’s issue. We need your support more than ever.”
Lato gave an emotional speech after winning Best New Artist.
It gives a pro choice,” said the rapper, who later performed her hit song “Big Energy” with Mariah Carey. “It never gives a man my body.”
Singer Tims has dedicated her Best International Acting award to several women who “Dare to Dream”.
“Where I come from, things like this don’t happen,” said the Lagos-born, Nigeria-based singer who won Best Collaboration with Justin Bieber and Wizkid for their song “Essence.” “This is a dream. If you’re watching me, I want you to imagine yourself like me because you’re supposed to be here too.”
Doja Cat entered the show as a lead candidate with six. The performer tops the charts for Best R&B-pop Artist, Best Hip Hop Artist, Album of the Year for her debut single “Planet Her” and BET Her for “Woman”. “Kiss Me More” with SZA was nominated for Best Video of the Year and Best Collaboration.
Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award – one of the highest awards of the ceremony. The music mogul is the founder of Bad Boy Records, has his own television network, a fashion line, and is a three-Grammy winner who has worked with a slew of notable artists including Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim and Faith Evans 112 .
Drake and Ari Lennox had the second most-nominated act, with each scoring four nods. Three nominations went to several other nominations including Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chloe Bailey, Future, HER, Jazmine Sullivan, Ye (formerly Kanye West), Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige, and Tems.
Jack Harlow performed “Poison” alongside Lil Wayne before Brandi hit the stage with him for the song “First Class.” During Harlow and Brandy’s performance, the camera turned to her brother, Ray J, who was seen dancing in the audience.
Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada performed The Highs & the Lows. In her pink gown, Mooney Long opened her collection with an excerpt from “Time Machine” before her “Hours and Hours” concert.
Winners in 19 categories, including the Film and Sports Awards, are chosen by the BET Voting Academy, which is made up of entertainment professionals and fans.
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