BET honored Black excellence in music, television, film, and sports across more than 20 categories at the “BET Awards” 2023. Throughout the music-centered telecast, Culture’s Biggest Night paid homage to the biggest names in Hip Hop over the past five decades with special music medleys curated by acclaimed DJ and producer Kid Capri in an exciting unscripted format.
69 Boyz, Big Daddy Kane, Chief Keef, Dem Franchize Boyz, DJ Unk, D-Nice, E-40, EPMD, Fabolous, Fast Life Yungstaz & Easton (F.L.Y.), Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Jeezy, Kid ‘N Play, MC Lyte, Percy “Master P” Miller, Redman, Remy Ma, Soulja Boy, Styles P, The Sugarhill Gang, Trick Daddy, Trina, Tyga, Uncle Luke, Warren G, YG, Ying Yang Twins, and Yo-Yo delivered energetic performances of many Hip Hop classics. “BET Awards” 2023 nominees Coco Jones, Ice Spice, GloRilla, Latto, and hitmakers Davido, Doechii, Lil Uzi Vert, Mad Lion, Patra, and more joined in the celebration. Kaliii and “BET Awards' 2023 nominee Lola Brooke performed on the BET Amplified stage.
“BET Awards” 2023 celebrated the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by an inspiring lineup of artists, entertainers and cultural icons. The “BET Awards,” which has become synonymous with powerful Black artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year.
The “BET AWARDS” 2023 Show Highlights Include:
Lil Uzi Vert opened the show with a stunning high-energy performance of the New Jersey-inspired “Just Wanna Rock” along with unreleased “Spin Again” from their forthcoming album “The Pink Tapes.”
Hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang performed their groundbreaking “Rapper’s Delight” which featured a tribute to the late Biz Markie with his “Just a Friend.”
Shortly after winning Best New Artist, Coco Jones serenaded the crowd with a soulful performance of “ICU.”
Best Female Hip Hop artist winner Latto delivered an electric performance of her hit “Put It On Da Floor” ending with a tribute recognizing the musical impact of the late Shawty Lo.
Throughout the night, Hip Hop legend Kid Capri presented the audience with a medley of classics. From New York City to the West Coast, Atlanta to Miami, the Hip Hop legends wowed the audience with the genre’s best songs from the past five decades, including appearances from Big Daddy Kane, Chief Keef, D-Nice, Doug E. Fresh, E-40, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, Mad Lion, Mad Skillz, MC Lyte, King Combs, Patra, Redman, Tyga, Uncle Luke, Warren G, Ying Yang Twins, Yo-Yo and more.
Quavo and Offset surprised the crowd with a reunion performance honoring the late Takeoff, the duo’s first performance as the Migos since the third member’s passing. Opening with Takeoff’s verse from “Hotel Lobby” (from his duo with Quavo, Unc & Phew), the duo performed the group’s biggest song, “Bad & Boujee.”
Davido graced the “BET Awards” stage with live Afrobeats performances of “Feel” and “Unavailable” feat. Musa Keys.
Miami superstars Trick Daddy and Trina joined Uncle Luke to perform their respective hits "Nann" and "I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)."
Muni Long and the cast of BET series Tyler Perry’s Sistas expressed their support for the Writers Guild of America amid its ongoing strike as they seek a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Doechii was joined by Trillville for unforgettable performances of “Booty Drop,” “What It Is,’” and “Some Cut.”
Jeezy, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Percy “Master P” Miller performed a medley of their songs, including "Trap Star," "You Don't Know Me" and "Make ‘Em Say Ugh" at the “BET Awards.”
Patti LaBelle delivered a breathtaking performance of “The Best” in tribute to the late powerhouse Tina Turner.
Kaliii and Lola Brooke lit up the “BET Amplified” stage with their respective hits “Area Codes,” “Don’t Play With It” and “Just Relax.”
Busta Rhymes was honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award, in recognition of his prolific 30-plus-year career and impact as an MC, songwriter, and record producer. After being introduced by Marlon Wayans and Swiss Beatz, Busta received a standing ovation as he accepted the well-deserved award. After accepting the award, he performed a medley of dancehall and New York-inspired hits with an all-star line-up including Bia, Coi Leray, Cutty Ranks, Dexta Daps, M.O.P., Rah Digga, Scar Lip, Spice, Super Cat, and Swiss Beatz.
Kid Capri closed out the performances for the night with the ultimate celebration of Hip Hop, featuring Kid ‘N Play (“Gittin’ Funky,”) 69 Boyz (“Tootsee Roll,”) Dem Franchize Boyz (“Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,”) Soulja Boy (“Crank Dat,”) DJ Unk (“Walk It Out,”) and GS Boyz (“Stanky Legg”). To finish the night, F.L.Y. feat. Easton got the crowd on their feet with their smash hit “Swag Surfin.”
Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, oversaw and Executive Produced the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy as Co-Executive Producer for BET.
Jesse Collins Entertainment was the production company for the show, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay also serving as Executive Producers.
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The complete list of winners for the “BET AWARDS” 2023 are:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (TIE)
SOS – SZA
RENAISSANCE – Beyoncé
WAIT FOR U – Future feat. Drake & Tems
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST (TIE)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Drake x 21 Savage
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Bless Me – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin
BET HER AWARD
Break My Soul – Beyoncé
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kill Bill – SZA
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Teyana "Spike Tey" Taylor
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD
Break My Soul – Beyoncé
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT