BET Hip Hop Music Awards Celebrate 50th Anniversary While Kendrick Lamar Wins Big
BET Hip Hop Awards
The 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards took center stage at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3, and it was Kendrick Lamar who stole the show, reaffirming his status as the “King Kendrick” and cementing his legacy as one of the most influential figures in the hip-hop industry.
Kendrick Lamar, a Compton native, walked away from the event with a remarkable collection of trophies, proving that his lyrical prowess and stage presence are unparalleled. The 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards were televised on Tuesday, October 10, and Kendrick’s victories were nothing short of historic.
Kendrick’s Historic Wins
Kendrick Lamar made history with his stunning victories in four key categories:
Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar secured the title of Hip Hop Artist of the Year, marking the third time he’s clinched this prestigious award. This feat establishes him as the first rapper to achieve this distinction three times.
Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick continued his reign in the Lyricist of the Year category, seizing the crown for the ninth time. This achievement solidifies his status as one of the most skilled wordsmiths in the genre.
Best Live Performer
Kendrick shares the title of Best Live Performer with Kanye West and JAY-Z, each winning it four times. His electrifying stage presence and magnetic performances make him a force to be reckoned with in the live music arena.
Video Director of the Year
In the Video Director of the Year category, Kendrick and his long-time collaborator Dave Free emerged victorious, further showcasing their incredible talent in the realm of music video production.
Kendrick’s Path to Victory
Kendrick Lamar’s four BET Hip Hop Awards were a direct result of his exceptional work in 2022. His album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and its accompanying Big Steppers Tour were instrumental in securing these accolades. Additionally, Kendrick’s music videos for “Count Me Out” and “Rich Spirit,” as well as his collaboration with Baby Keem on “The Hillbillies,” played a pivotal role in his victory.
While Kendrick Lamar’s success at the BET Hip Hop Awards was undoubtedly a highlight of the event, other prominent figures in the industry also claimed well-deserved honors. Drake and 21 Savage, for instance, each took home two awards: Hip Hop Album of the Year for “Her Loss” and Best Duo or Group, respectively. Lil Durk and J. Cole won in the Best Collaboration and Impact Track categories for their track “All My Life.”
Additionally, artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, Ice Spice, JAY-Z, and 50 Cent received recognition for their contributions to the hip-hop scene.
Celebrating Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary
The 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards wasn’t just about honoring the present; it was also a celebration of hip-hop’s rich history. The genre marked its 50th birthday in 2023, making the occasion even more special.
At the event, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland received the Rock The Bells Cultural Influence Award for their remarkable careers as hip-hop hitmakers and the success of their Verzuz battle series. The two expressed their gratitude for achieving such recognition.
Marley Marl, another legendary figure in the hip-hop community, was bestowed with the I Am Hip Hop Award. His peers, including LL COOL J and Rakim, paid tribute with a performance, while luminaries like Eminem, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Swizz Beatz praised him in a video montage.
Kendrick Lamar’s dominance at the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards and the celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary made the event a night to remember. The awards not only acknowledged the achievements of the past year but also paid tribute to the genre’s enduring legacy.