Last night marked the 20th annual BET Awards, which honour the best in music, movies, TV and more. Hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales, Sunday’s virtual event featured performances from Alicia Keys, Megan Thee Stallion, John Legend, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jay Rock, Jennifer Hudson, Questlove, Nas, Usher, YG, and more. Though not nominated for any awards, Lil Wayne made a guest appearance, performing his 2009 single ‘Kobe Bryant’ in tribute to the late NBA legend. Check it out below.
Kobe Bryant died earlier this year in a helicopter crash, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Multiple artists have paid tribute to the late icon since his death, including Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Drake, Cardi B, Flea, and others.
The video, which features footage of Bryant performing on the court, opens with a voiceover of Bryant saying, “I want to be the best, that’s why I play the game.” Lil Wayne changed some of the song’s lyrics, referencing Bryant’s wife: “My heart goes out to Vanessa and the whole Black Mamba family.” He ended with, “Rest in power/ Let’s hope for peace/ Black lives matter, facts.”
Check out the full list of BET Awards winners here.