The BET Awards are always a time to celebrate black excellence and black culture. While other award shows might struggle to show a little less uniformity among their nominees and winners, the BET Awards is devoted to celebrating Black musicians and actors that might be otherwise overlooked.
The awards are also the perfect moments to bring awareness to important social and political issues facing the country. Celebrities make statements with speeches and also through their clothing choices.
See 5 times celebrities made political fashion statements at the BET Awards.
Meek Mill has made himself a voice for the incarcerated population. Here is he in 2018 in a t-shirt supporting bail reform.
Janelle Monaé, after coming out, wore a beautiful gown consisting of a rainbow flag to support her fellow LGBTQ+ community members.
Quest Love showed his love for immigrants with his T-shirt at the 2018 awards.
Usher made a bold statement urging Americans to not vote for Trump during his 2016 performance.
Jamie Foxx wore a T-Shirt to bring awareness to the murder of Trayvon Martin at the 2012 awards.
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