Usher gets lifetime achievement awardat BET Awards 2024

Usher received a lifetime achievement award and was honoured with an epic tribute at the 2024 BET Awards.

The ‘Yeah!’ hitmaker was handed his prize by producing duo Babyface and LA Reid, who co-founded the label LaFace Records, which signed Usher when he was a teen.

The R&B icon’s speech was partially censored as he was overcome with emotion.

Usher began: “Obviously, tonight is a celebration of many things, being able to be recognised for this life achievement award that’s coming. I’m really happy to still be a part of the fight, you know what I’m saying.”

The 45-year-old singer, who was also crowned best male R&B pop artist, went on to pay tribute to all the fathers providing their sons with the “motivation” to be “our future Black leaders”.

The father-of-four added in his speech: “To fathers tonight at home or in this audience, I would like you to stand up.

“Far too often, we get to this moment and we are able to say to our mothers, ‘Look mom, I made it’. We don’t get chance to say enough ‘Dad, I did it’.”

Usher also mentioned his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, insisting he’s “turning over a new leaf.”

At one point, he quipped: “This life achievement award, I don’t know, man, is it too early to receive it? ‘Cause I’m still runnin’ and gunnin’ like I did when I was eight years old.”

For the show-stopping tribute, Childish Gambino, KeKe Palmer, CoCo Jones, Chloe Bailey, Tinashe, Latto and more took to the stage for a medley of his classics.

Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis also paid homage to the ‘Love In This Club’ singer.

Keke Palmer performed ‘You Make Me Wanna’, much to the delight of a screaming Usher, Coco Jones did ‘There Goes My Baby’, Chloe Bailey wowed with her rendition of ‘Good Kisser’ and Teyana Taylor and Victoria Monet nailed their duet of ‘Bad Girl’, which Usher did with Beyonce.

Latto ended the tribute by replacing Ludacris on his verse on ‘Yeah!’.

Rap titan Megan Thee Stallion dazzled when she opened the show with an energetic performance of ‘BOA’ and ‘Where Them Girls At’.

Will Smith, as expected, debuted his new single, ‘You Can Make It’, with gospel icon Kirk Franklin and the Sunday Service Choir joining him.

Killer Mike’s album ‘Michael’ was named album of the year.

Victoria Monet won her first BET Award, the BETHer prize, for ‘On My Mama’.

Joined by her mother, she said: “This is really amazing. It’s such an honour to receive this award, especially the BET Her award, because I’m so proud to be a black woman; this is the lady that I put it on. This my mama.”

She also won video of the year.

‘Water’ hitmaker Tyla was crowned best new artist and best international artist.

Lauryn Hill closed the bash with a series of career gems.

Taraji P Henson hosted the star-studded ceremony at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Normani missed the awards ceremony after injuring herself “badly” in rehearsals.

The former Fifth Harmony star (28) took to social media to share how “frustrated” she was to have to missed the bash after doctors gave her orders to rest up.

“I wanted to get on here and give you guys an update, letting you know that while in rehearsals for BET I had a really bad accident and injured myself.

“I am normally good for powering through under any circumstance but unfortunately due to my doctor’s orders, I am just not able to make this performance happen,” she said on Instagram.

Her knee was wrapped in a bandage, and she was on crutches in a picture shared to the app.

It was set to be her first live performance since releasing her debut solo album, ‘Dopamine’, on 14 June.

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