On Sunday (June 25) we all gathered, like we normally do this time a year, to sit in front of our televisions and watch the BET Awards. Hosted by singer-songwriter and Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx, this 2018 ceremony provided the LOLs we’ve come to expect and shined a light on the luminaries within black entertainment.
There were several memorable performances and too many great moments to keep track of, so narrowing down the best ones were difficult. Whether it be the sangin’ tribute to Anita Baker, or Jason Mitchell reminding white people what 911 is really for, the 2018 BET Awards went down in history as one of the best in the network’s existence.
Check out the 10 best moments from this year’s ceremony.
1. Michael B. Jordan recites his powerful last line as Eric Kilmonger in Black Panther.
Jamie Foxx opened the 2018 BET Awards with a spot-on Wakanda accent. Why? Because Black Panther love and admiration is never-ending. However, the magic happened when Creed II star Michael B. Jordan was asked to walk on stage to recite Eric Kilmonger’s powerful final line: “Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”
2. J.Cole Enlists Daniel Caesar To Perform “Friends.”
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3. Jamie Foxx pays homage to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”
While Donald Glover sat front row in his pajamas, Foxx admitted to the audience he was asked to make a joke about Glover’s politically charged “This Is America” video. Denying the request, Foxx instead corralled attendees to stand to their feet and applaud the Atlanta creator and star for his work. While Glover was noticeably nervous, Foxx brought Glover on stage where he sang a verse from the record and offered a smooth shimmy in the process.