The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards carried the torch for celebrating 50 years of rap music in pop culture. Hosted by Fat Joe, the night brought fans on the journey of hip-hop’s evolution and highlighted the legacy of producers.
The show brought showstopping performances from Sexyy Red to GloRilla, reminding us that the next 50 years of hip-hop culture will have a bright future with the roster of new artists.
Cardi B and 21 Savage led the nominations with 12 total, and Drake followed behind with nine. Still, the ultimate winner was Kendrick Lamar, who won each category he was nominated for. Check out some of the hottest moments from the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Sexyy Red Made Her Performance Debut
Sexyy Red performed her viral hits from “Pound Town” to “SkeeYee,” filling her fans with excitement watching her rise from the internet to participate in the hip-hop 50 celebrations with BET.
City Girls Announced Their New Album R.A.W
Not only did the City Girls come back with a bang on the main stage, but the dynamic duo spilled new tea on their upcoming album, R.A.W, which is set to drop on October 20, 2023.
The South Had Something To Say During So So Def Tribute
Jermaine Dupri shared a glimpse of his legacy in music during the So So Def tribute performance, including special guests Bow Bow, Da Brat, Chingy and Ludacris representing the down south sounds of the legacy label.
GloRilla Taps Into Her Drill Bag
The Memphis native is playing with her sound after the major success of “F.N.F” and debuted her performance with Fivio Foreign for their new song “Cha Cha Cha.”
The Ladies Took Over The Hip-Hop Cyphers
Everyone’s favorite part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards is the cyphers, and the ladies did not disappoint. Hosted by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland each rapper had the chance to spit over iconic beats created by the producers. Rappers like Scar Lip, Maiya The Don and Lola Brooke made a mark as the ultimate winners of the night.
About Kenyatta: Clark Atlanta University and Medill School alumna Kenyatta Victoria is the Girls United writer covering everything from news, pop culture, lifestyle, and investigative stories. When she’s not reporting, she’s diving deep into her curated playlists or binging her favorite comfort shows.