Last night, BET HONORS 2015 spurred several watercooler moments and we’ve got the highlights. See Damon Dash’s tribute to Kanye, Trey Songz channeling Usher and Patti Labelle bringing Phylicia Rashad to tears inside…
BET Honors 2015 aired last night, celebrating the lives and achievements of five African American icons. The program honored Usher, Microsoft chairman John Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, National Museum of African Art director Johnnetta B. Cole and Kanye West.
TheYBF.com attended #BETHonors (check out our red carpet coverage) and we witnessed several watershed events. Thankfully, BET created an exclusive player (below) that houses the show’s most unforgettable moments.
On social media, folks are buzzing about Kanye West’s acceptance speech. He received the “Visionary” Award after an introduction from Damon Dash.
Damon, who started with the revelation that he has Diabetes, told several anecdotes about Kanye’s arrogance and swagger, while championing him for his “courage.” In fact, he joked that Kanye showed “courage” by asking him to present the award, “Because they don’t know what I’m going to say!” He also mentioned that he and Kanye hadn’t seen each other for a while, and they still have a few issues between them (mainly emotional). In spite of their differences, Damon applauded Kanye for using his platform to speak his mind and follow his heart.
Once Kanye began his acceptance speech, he told the audience, “I think for maybe one of the first times in my life I understand how it is to feel humble,” Throughout his speech, he talked about success, his beloved mother Donda, racism, and how African Americans aren’t free…even if they’re driving $300K cars.
He also stressed the importance of ownership rather than just “playing in the league.” One of his most interesting quotables was when he stated that “[as black people] our oil is our expression, it’s our influence, don’t ever let them take that away.”
Kanye’s tribute video included interviews with Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kim Kardashian, Common, and others who praised him for moving the culture forward and always thinking ahead of the game. Watch the tribute video here:
Also…..the player above houses the other honoree’s acceptances speeches as well as inspirational videos about their journey to greatness.
Musically, Patti Labelle brought honoree Phylicia Rashad to tears, Mary J. Blige performed her latest single “Doubt” and Trey Songz channeled Usher. Watch their performances here:
Photo via BET Press Room