LONG LIVE HIP HOP | Saturday October 1st, 2022 | Tiasia Newman
This year's 17th annual BET Hip-hop Awards were held in Atlanta Georgia at Cobb Energy Performing arts center. Hosted by Bronx native and hip-hop legend Fat Joe. Let's start with the performances. Though in my eyes the award shows these days don’t hold a candle to the ones that aired when I was young there was some history being made on the stages.
N.O.R.E, Lil Kim, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, and MOP all graced the stage in great honor of the founder of Loud Records Steve Radklif. I know I'm not the only one who never knew who was responsible for so many of the tracks on the soundtrack of my teenage years. Also carving out his well-earned footprint in the music business.
Emcee DNA won $25000 in the rap battle. Joey Badass dared tears to leap from the eyes of every single person in the audience with his “Head High” in memory of the recently slain rapper Young Dolph. Last but not least the national tv debut of Glorilla Girl performing her singles “Tomorrow” and “F.N.F” which is not in question due to ownership and production rights allegedly not belonging to the artist. Though she is currently facing adversity Glorilla Girl did walk away with the award of Best New Hip Hop Artist for the song in question. Drake racked up a surprising 14 nominations but only won two. Still has a better average than Kanye West with ten nominations but empty hands at the end of the night. Kendrick Lamar would receive the most awards 6 to be exact including artist of the year and album of the year for his album titled Mr. Meral and the Big Steppers.
I believe the night's biggest winner was Trina as she was given the I am Hip Hop Idol award. Trina has publicly spoken about her struggles in life while exposing herself on Love and Hip Hop Miami. More so she has paved the way for the fresh girls of the industry. Trina along with others made it ok for female rappers to tell men what and how to fuck, suck and spend their money while Cardi and Megan were still in elementary school if that. She liberated women who didn't even have the courage to say the words she was spitting across the airways while looking like all kinds of money well spent.
Now I don't know who is currently dressing the artist in this era but I'll leave my contact at the bottom of this article because damn. Remy Ma wore an emerald green bodysuit that turned every head she passed. Dream Doll was a real Jessica Rabbit in her form-fitting pink gown and fur shawl. Lala Milan was a pleasant surprise in what I think was a mauve pantsuit that screamed self-made and maintained. Hopefully, the fashion world will breathe life back into the red carpet next year but for now, it is quite disappointing.
Remember Darling the show must go on and in good fashion!
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