The 2017 BET Awards had stumbles, from technical problems during a performance to going well over its planned three-and-a-half hour time slot during the live show held Sunday in Los Angeles. But the show’s performances and special moments made up for having to stay up late on a Sunday.
CHANCE’S GOOD WORK
At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a taped message for the rapper, saying he was an “outstanding role model” she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, had known since he was a “wee little baby rapper.” Lamar gave him a shout-out later on as well, saying Chance was just getting started.
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Chance acknowledged that the honor felt early in his young career. But he said, “My God doesn’t make mistakes. And I like to think he puts this immense pressure on me to see how I react. “
His wide-ranging speech, which he said was off the cuff, called out several institutions, including the federal government, the Chicago public school system and the judicial system. But he ended by saying he wanted simply to be a better father and person.
“I am a good man, and I will be a better man,” he said.
MARS’ LATE RECOGNITION
Bruno Mars had a big night with his first-ever BET Award for best male R&B/pop artist, which seems a little late in coming for a star whose been putting out multiplatinum albums and hit singles for years.
The singer though was grateful to the network for giving him his first-ever award, a Soul Train honor for the collaboration he did with B.o.B “Nothin’ On You.”
“Ever since then, BET has shown me nothing but love and support of my career throughout the years,” Mars said in his acceptance speech.
Mars, who was nominated for…