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The 2019 BET awards took place in Los Angeles this weekend, commemorating some of the biggest stars in the music and movie industry.
The night was one of musical performances and emotional speeches, with a healthy dose of Twitter commentary too.
One of the more emotional moments came with a tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussel, who was shot and killed earlier this year.
Nipsey Hussle Tribute 💙🙏🏾#BETAwards
— BET (@BET) June 24, 2019
It was Hussel’s daughter, however, that had social media talking.
— YaBoiTae (@taeukno010) June 24, 2019
— K e y 🍭 (@keyylashae) June 24, 2019
Fans were also moved by Tyler Perry, who gave an acceptance speech after receiving the ultimate icon award.
The star spoke about the importance of helping people “cross” the figurative road to reach their dreams.
Had to post these powerful words Tyler Perry spoke tonight
— Teshia (@teshia316) June 24, 2019
Tyler Perry said create your own table and watch God set it in the presence of your enemies and that’s exactly the type of motivation I need #BETAwards
— Outofcreativenames (@esornair) June 24, 2019
— Alexis Mitchell (@LexisTV) June 24, 2019
Rihanna also affected many viewers when she arrived to award Mary J Blige with the lifetime achievement award.
— K (@whatsup_docs) June 24, 2019
Rihanna awarding Mary J. Blige with this Lifetime Achievement Award is literally perfect. No better fit
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) June 24, 2019
— lelethehoodbitchfromdasouf (@shelby56190959) June 24, 2019
South Africans had cause to celebrate too when our very own singer Sho Madjozi took the award for best new international act.
Alright Sho Madjozi won a BET award and people are not making enough noise about it… Limpopo stand up and make noise for your girl @ShoMadjozi she made us proud!!!
— The Brave ❁ (@Thularz_) June 24, 2019
— Thuthuka Mthembu #Nonka (@ThuthukaMthembu) June 24, 2019
— Nkosazana yakwa Buthelezi 👸🏾 (@Belief_Kay) June 24, 2019
Other big winners included Cardi B, Beyonce and Childish Gambino for best female hip-hop artist, best female R&B/pop artist and video of the year respectively.
Feature image: screenshot, @BETAwards via Twitter