BET Awards 2024: Top First-Ever Moments from This Year’s Show

Celebrate the groundbreaking achievements and debut performances that made this year's BET Awards truly memorable.

The BET Awards have long been a platform where artists experience their "first-ever" moments, marking significant career milestones.

Famously, Atlanta-born hip-hop duo Outkast won the first award trophy at the inaugural ceremony in 2001.

This year, R&B star Victoria Monét joined this celebrated tradition by earning her first BET Award for "Video of the Year" and the "BET Her" award. The event was particularly special for Monét, as it was also her first time performing at the show, where she delivered captivating renditions of "On My Mama" and "Alright."

Check out the top moments below for more unforgettable firsts from this year’s event.

  • Tyla

    It was a night of firsts for South African star Tyla. The "Water" singer made her debut at the annual ceremony with a captivating performance of her hit song “Jump,” featuring Skillibeng and Gunna. Tyla also secured two awards: “Best New Artist” and “Best International Act.”


  • Tanner Adell

    During Culture’s biggest country music star, Tanner Adell became the first female country artist to appear on the BET Awards. The singer-songwriter debuted her surprise new single “Cowboy Break My Heart” on the BET Awards Amplified Stage presented by Nissan.  

  • Victoria Monét

    Victoria Monét celebrated her first-ever wins at the BET Awards 2024, earning the prestigious "Video of the Year" award. Additionally, she was honored with the "BET Her" award, presented by the season 3 cast of College Hill: Celebrity Edition

    Monét also delivered her first-ever performance on the BET Awards stage, singing a medley of her hits, including “On My Mama” and “Alright.”

  • Will Smith

    Academy Award-winning actor and rap veteran Will Smith performed his new single “You Can Make It” for the first time ever alongside Kirk Franklin, Chandler Moore, and Sunday Service Choir. 

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