The 2018 BET Awards was a non-stop celebration of Black music that has us counting down the days until we get to see our faves rock the stage live in person at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival.
Arguably the best performance of the night, H.E.R. blew everyone away with a flawless delivery of “Focus,” complete with a surprise guitar solo. She closed out the moment by bringing out Daniel Caesar for a duet of their hit single, “Best Part,” which included a snippet of Lauryn Hill & D’Angelo’s “Nothing Even Matters.”
Miguel was a one-man showstopper as he belted out the lyrics to a snippet of “Come Through And Chill,” before transitioning into an energetic rendition of “SkyWalker,” sans collab partner Travis Scott. He returned later in the show to join Meek Mill for a powerful debut performance of their socially-conscious new single, “Stay Woke,” which addresses the lifelong effects of the flawed criminal justice system disproportionately targeting Black communities.
Marsha Ambrosius and Ledisi moved honoree Anita Baker to tears while honoring the 60-year-old R&B music icon with their renditions of her classics, “Sweet Love,” and “Caught up in the Rapture.”
Meanwhile, Ella Mai had the whole crowd singing along as she hit the stage to perform what’s become everyone’s favorite summer love anthem, “Boo’d Up.”
Last but certainly not least, Snoop Dogg took us from the block to the pulpit to close out the show. After beginning his performance with a brief medley of some of his biggest hits, he changed gears to perform music from his new Gospel album, Bible of Love, and touch on his recent decision to live life as a “brand new man.”
Be sure to grab your tickets to see Snoop, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Ella Mai, Miguel, Ledisi and Marsha Ambrosius rock the stage, along with over 50 more of the biggest names in music, at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July!