If you missed the BET Awards 2022 hosted by Academy-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, you missed an unforgettable night full of big wins, surprise guest appearances, and stunning performances from several legendary acts in the business, including an emcee-turned-politician and a first-ever ballroom culture moment, you’ve got to see to believe. With the countdown for the BET Awards 2023 already in effect, we’re looking back at some of the hottest performances from this year’s celebration. Take a look below.
Lizzo opens up the BET Awards 2022
Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lizzo opened this year’s awards ceremony with a show-stopping flute-led performance of her hit single “About Damn Time.”
Jack Harlow brings out Brandy & Lil Wayne
Audience members were already blown away by Jack Harlow and Lil Wayne’s presentation of the Kentucky native’s track “Poison.” Jack later surprised viewers with a special musical guest, Brandy, who wowed fans with a rap verse: “Allow me to reintroduce myself.”
Latto featuring Mariah Carey
BET Awards 2022 “Best New Artist” winner and rapper Latto made her debut at the BET Awards stage, performing her hit singles “It’s Givin” and “Big Energy.” The Atlanta-based emcee looked snatched in a black body suit emblazoned with pearls and gold pieces. For her presentation of the latter’s single, Latto was joined on stage by iconic singer-songwriter and actress Mariah Carey for a fantasy performance, come true.
Diddy takes the stage for a Bad Boy reunion
The man of the hour and BET Awards 2022 “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient Sean “Diddy” Combs took to the stage before accepting his prestigious honor with a star-studded performance featuring several musical legends, including Shyne, Lil Kim, The Lox, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans, and Maverick City Music with Jodeci and Mary J. Blige kicked things off performance “Come & Talk to Me” and “I’m Going Down,” respectively.
Billy Porter brings Ballroom culture to the BET Awards
For the first time on the BET Awards stage, ballroom culture was in full effect thanks to actor and performer Billy Porter, who led an ensemble group of some of the most influential figures from the LGBTQ+ community, including Pose star Dominique Jackson who praised the network the following day on Instagram for the efforts poured into the inaugural event.