The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Hussle, a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles who was shot to death on March 31, posthumously earned the Humanitarian Award on Sunday night. His family, including his mother, father, grandmother, children and fiancée, actress Lauren London, accepted the honor on his behalf.
John Legend, DJ Khaled, YG and Marsha Ambrosius celebrated Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, with a performance. Hussle also won best male hip-hop artist.
Blige, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, ran through her hits during a lengthy performance, which featured Lil Kim and Method Man.
Childish Gambino, who didn't attend the show, won the top prize – video of the year – for “This Is America.” Beyoncé was named best female R&B/pop artist, and Bruno Mars won best male R&B/pop artist.
A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino.
Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16 to 18 at Vernon Downs, about 35 miles east of Syracuse.
Watson says the proposed capacity was 45,000 to 50,000 people – far smaller than the 150,000 planned for at the initial venue, Watkins Glen International, which pulled out this month.
Woodstock concert promoters had no comment Monday.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress June Lockhart is 94. Singer Eddie Floyd is 82. Actress Barbara Montgomery is 80. Singer Carly Simon is 74. TV personality Phyllis George is 70. Singer Tim Finn is 67. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 58. Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 52. Musician Mike Kroeger is 47. Actress Linda Cardellini is 44. Actress Busy Philipps is 40.