Women are running rap right now — it’s easy to see. The femcee takeover has been apparent in the performances at the BET Hip Hop Awards over the last two years, where women have raised the bar for what to expect for a great show. Whether it’s synchronized movements with a large group of backup dancers or bringing surprise guests that are guaranteed to make multiple generations of hip-hop fans scream with excitement, it’s been clear that whenever a woman steps to the stage to entertain her fanbase, the results have been nothing short of spectacular.
With the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards around the corner (Oct 27 to be exact), we’ve looked over the footage from the 2018 and 2019 ceremonies to bring you the best performances from female emcees. They’ve not only shaken the industry up, but the BET stage as well with their creative expression.
With her one-of-a-king swagger that transfixes the world, Young M.A. went for peak sensuality with her performance of “Petty Wap.” Surrounded by beautiful women, she slowly walked her way up to the stage while a steamy show unfolded around her. By the time she presented the DJ of the Year award, the crowd was lost in the moment.
Cardi can talk her shit and back it up, and that’s just what she did with her performances of “Get Up 10” and “Backin’ It Up.” Starting off with the former, a track about her come up, she led a battalion of camouflage-wearing women for a breathtaking moment. Soon after, she switched up to perform “Backin’ It Up” with a twerk-heavy routine.
Lil Duval’s hilarious performance of his “City Boy Anthem” was a highlight of the award show for multiple reasons — with Kamillion being one of them. The ferocious femcee hit the stage to “talk her shit” and bounced her knees furiuosly while doing it. She made the fictional song into a real one with her spectacular verse.
Saweetie knows how to take the world on a nostalgic trip whenever she hits the stage. For her “My Type” performance at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, she made sure to give everyone in the room a chance to remember the hip hop of the last two decades with guest appearances from Lil Jon and Petey Pablo. The latter joined her to perform “Freek-A-Leek,” which is sampled in “My Type.”.
Captain of her unsinkable ship, Megan Thee Stallion is on a legendary run as she establishes herself as one of raps’ most dominating women. At the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, she called the shots, on her on-stage boat while surrounded by women, in a performance of “Hot Girl Summer.” She also played “Cash Shit” with DaBaby in an unforgettable show.
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