BET Social Media Awards celebrate creative content

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer

Social media plays a huge role in people’s lives. It is where people can get news, entertainment and awareness on different issues. So, it is no wonder that BET hosted an awards show honoring those who’ve produced creative content across all social media sites in the past year.

Comedian Michael Blackson hosted the live show Feb. 11, and it sure did leave an impression. The categories included Best Tea, Best Podcast, Social Hustle, Issa Wave, LMAO!, Clapback, Mood AF and Baewatch.

The show opened with the Instagram comedians Lala Sizahands and Blame it on Kway. The duo performed a montage of all of the dances that were popular in 2017.

The Shade Room won for Best Tea, while Joe Budden won for best podcast and Kendall Kyndall won for Social Hustle.

Remy Ma and Papoose faced competition in their category for Baewatch, including couples such as Cardi B and Offset, Ciara and Russell Wilson, and Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert, but they came out victorious.

“Overall, I really enjoyed the fact that the show got to honor all of the creativity that is present on Instagram, Twitter, and so on,” freshman chemical engineering major Hannah Collins said. “Social media is a great place to have our generation’s voices heard.”

One significant highlight of the night was comedian Amanda Seales’ performance. Seales recited a poem that was an ode to black girl magic everywhere.

Aside from honoring social media entertainment stars, the show recognized individuals and organizations whose impact came from their social media content. The founders of The Women’s March were awarded The Social Movement award, as their success came from the impact of their social media platform.

Performers for the night included Kash Doll and YFN Lucci. Doll performed “For Everybody,” and YFN Lucci hit the stage performing “Everyday We Lit.”



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