Published on June 25th, 2018 | by Nicole Vear

Yolanda Adams and Snoop Dogg Performances Shined During the BET Awards

The B.E.T. Awards hosted by Jamie Foxx, aired Sunday night (June 24) at L.A.s Microsoft Theater. The big night saw a flow of performances, comedy skits and speeches. Gospel music was represented with nominations for the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspiration Award. The nominations included Snoop Dogg /B Slade – “Words Are Few”, Ledisi and Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”, Marvin Sapp – “Close”, Tasha Cobbs Leonard f/ Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready” and Lecrae / Tory Kelly – “I’ll Find You” which won the category.

Smooth soul legend Anita Baker earned the Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored by some a string of R&B and Soul singers. It began with host Jamie Foxx singing a four minute sincerity-filled medley of Anita’s hits. Soulstress Marsha Ambrosius picked up where Foxx left off and got the audience caught up in the “Rapture” and Ledisi picked up the baton and scatted her way to a beautiful close to “Sweet Love”. Gopsel queen Yolanda Adams brought the house down with “You Bring Me Joy” and collectively, all tree brought Anita to tears.

Baker’s speech delivered a heartfelt artistic message to the audience:

“The young ones are coming and they’re here…all I ask is that the music be allowed to play, singers be allowed to sing, rappers are allowed to rap and poets are allowed to rhyme.” She continued, saying, “And I ask that the powers that be in the music industry and more of the [big artists] in the music industry…would bring more of what we see here tonight. When I came up in the business, I had people in radio that supported me as a young artist. The singers that are veterans here, tap the young ones on the shoulder. They need you. Young ones, now that you’re here tonight, look around the room. Tap a veteran on the shoulder. We need each other.”

Snoop Dogg closed out the show celebrating his debut album with a medley of hits from the 90s. from 1993’s ”Who Am I” to 2000’s “Next Episode”. Fast forward to his creative voyage today, Snoop ended his set with music from his gospel album Bible of Love released earlier this year.  Snoop was joined by Tye Tribbett who brought his signature vibrant energy to the song “You” and singer Sly Pyper to sing a rendition of “Sunrise”. Host, Foxx, joined them onstage to end the show and kick off the after party.

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