The 15th BET Hip-Hop Awards held on October 28, 2020,after nominations were announced on September 29, 2020.
A key highlight of the night was Grammy-nominated Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy’s performance of ‘Monsters You Made’ with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin.
Burna Boy performed with a full band against a screen displaying historic civil rights marches in the US and the protests in Nigeria. He was supported by Martin who performed remotely.
“This is for Tiamiyu Kazeem. This is for Kolade Johnson,” Burna Boy voiced at the end of the performance as he and his bands raised their fists. “This is for everyone that has lost their lives at the hands of SARS and all kinds of police brutality. End police brutality now and end profiling.”
The politically-charged song about how corruption and bad governance plant seeds of iniquity in citizens. These seeds then fester and become acts of fundamental negativity . The song featured vocals from Chris Martin and a spoken outro from Ghanaian author and poet Ama Ata Aidoo appeared on Burna Boy’s latest album “Twice As Tall” which was released in August.
It also addresses African and African-American experiences with prejudice, touching on subjects like slavery, exploitation and miseducation.
American rappers, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch won big with three and two awards respectively