BET Awards span generations and, all demographics
A Local Teen's Perspective
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By Kelli Davis  July 3, 2014 09:47 am

Instead of going out, many teens stayed home last Sunday to watch the BET Awards. The awards have been given out annually since 2001 to celebrate the entertainment contributions of African Americans and other minorities. In this case, the awards are given to those who are in the entertainment business, such as singers, rappers, and actors. 

The show consisted of a number of performances, a lot of those given by people who were nominated for awards later in the evening, and the comedic styling of Chris Rock, who was the host. Between those two events, presenters for the awards came out and called the name of whoever won in the category. Among the winners on Sunday were Beyoncé, actress Lupita Nyong’o, Drake and Pharrell Williams. 

The reason that a lot of teenagers watch the BET awards so consistently every year is because hip-hop and rap music continues to become more popular as time passes. Most teens who are fans of the genre and the artists who were nominated find it gratifying to see their favorite singers win or even just perform. It’s like a payoff to see the artist who you’ve put your faith in, who you have followed for a majority of their career, win such a prestigious award.  

Some of the best performances that evening were definitely “No Mediocre” by T.I and Iggy Azalea, “All of Me” by John Legend and “Pills N Potions” by Nicki Minaj. All of the songs achieved their fame in a relatively short time ago and have since become very talked about. Artists who aren’t that popular among teens still sang incredibly well, such as Ledisi during her Lionel Richie tribute and singer Yolanda Adams. 

All in all, Sunday’s BET Awards were very successful among all sorts of demographics. The older R&B singers were honored to the fullest extent and the newer hip-hop singers/rappers are changing what is being awarded. The combining of all of the generations of this music is something great, and was definitely worth watching. 

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