This past weekend, the BET Awards took place celebrating black talent in music, TV, film, and sports. With amazing names in the US, this year, the awards were interspersed with Black British talents making headway in the categories, and even taking first place. Talents such as Daniel Kaluuya, Central Cee, Stormzy, and newcomers FLO were nominated and recognised as bringing great contributions to their artistry. The excellence from Britain was also recognised as Damson Idris, actor in ‘Swarm’ and ‘Snowfall’, won the category for ‘Best Actor’.
This year’s BET Awards honoured MC legend Busta Rhymes as the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Giving thanks to his children and his community, the ‘Break Ya Neck’ rapper spoke of his hustle to spearheading the “feature” on a song and his admiration for the next generation of rappers including Kendrick Lamar and CoiLeray.
Busta Rhymes’ win this year also sheds light on the contributions from the Caribbean where he recognised his Jamaican heritage as well as the cultures allowing him to be where he is today. From sound system culture developing into today’s MCs, dancehall culture, and the Jamaican-born founding father of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc. Celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, as well as 75 years since Windrush, the Caribbean culture was seen in full force at this year’s BET Awards.