WATCH | 5 must-see performances from the 2020 BET awards

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
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  • The 2020 BET award show was hosted virtually and streamed on Sunday 28 June.
  • Performances were delivered through beautifully filmed music videos which aired throughout the broadcast.
  • Artists like Alicia Keys, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch referenced police brutality and Black Lives Matter protests in their videos, while Lil Wayne paid tribute to Kobe Bryant.


The 2020 BET awards took place on 28 June, but due to the coronavirus, the show was hosted virtually and streamed online. 

Live performances are a significant part of award shows like the BETs, so it was interesting to see how organisers of the popular event would pull it off. 

The solution -- beautifully filmed, music video-style pieces, which were aired throughout the online broadcast. 

South African's can watch a repeat of the show on 29 June at 20:00 on BET (DStv channel 129)

Here are five must-see performances from the 2020 BET awards:

1. DaBaby and Roddy Ricch -- Rockstar

The video for this performance starts by referencing the death of George Floyd. George died in police custody on 25 May after an officer knelt on his neck. 

The video also references the Black Lives Matter protests that took place after George's death. The striking visuals include protestors in all-black shirts that have the names of victims of police brutality on them. Police cars are scattered throughout the video as fires rage all around.  

2. Alicia Keys -- Perfect Way to Die

Another powerful video came from Alicia Keys. The singer delivered her first performance of her new track, Perfect Way to Die which speaks out against police brutality. 

Surrounded by pianos in a deserted street, Alicia is dressed in all-black. The names of black victims who have died at the hands of police or as a result of other violent crimes are written on the tar road, while some images are reflected on surrounding buildings. At the end of the performance, Alicia takes a knee in the middle of the road. 

3. Lil Wayne -- Kobe Bryant

Rapper Lil Wayne honoured basketball giant Kobe Bryant with an updated rendition of his 2009 track named after the sports star. Kobe died in a helicopter crash in January alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others on board.

The video for Lil Wayne's performance includes clips of Kobe during basketball games.

4. Jennifer Hudson -- Young, Gifted & Black  

Jennifer Hudson shared her rendition of Aretha Franklin's track, Young, Gifted & Black. 

The singer gave fans a taste of what to expect from her upcoming film, Respect, in which she plays Aretha.

5. Megan Thee Stallion -- Girls in the Hood/Savage

One of the biggest names of 2020, Megan Thee Stallion ran wild in the desert for a mash-up of her tracks Girls in the Hood and Savage

In the video, the rapper races through the dry terrain on a quad bike, dances on an abandoned vehicle, and later shows off her moves on construction site scaffolding.