The multi-Grammy Award nominee, Busta Rhymes has cemented his name in music history. The “Woo-ha!! Got You All In Check” rapper was honored with the BET Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2023 ceremony in Los Angeles on June 25. This award is reserved for “industry pioneers” and culture changers. network.
During the ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre, Rhymes, 51, was introduced by Marlon Wayans and Swizz Beatz before a compilation video documenting the rapper’s illustrious career aired, featuring performances by her contemporaries including Diddy, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson. Comments included.
“I’ll wear it on my sleeve. I want to cry,” he admitted as he began his speech. Recalling her early days as a solo act following her departure from Leaders of the New School, Rhimes stated that “a lot of greatness is by default from our people and our culture, because it’s from the magic that we have.” ” She told the audience, “I’m just grateful that the blessing that I’ve been given and the gift that I’ve been given… allows me to deal with any situation… It’s fun to go, ‘I bust ass.’ I’m just trying to do my duty to take the culture forward and contribute in a significant way.”
He also had a message for the next generation of hip-hop and rap artists, encouraging them to stop the beef and “love each other”. Rhimes said, “We have to stop this narrative that we don’t love each other… It’s bullshit, it’s weird.” He also collaborated with Ice Spice and J.J. Giving a shout out to artists like Cole, it also said, “Hats off to every new artist that is contributing and doing their part.”
Rhymes later returned to the stage, performing her verse “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” from MOP’s “Ante Up,” “I Know What You Want,” and “Look at Me Now” among other highlights. . of his discography.
Prior to the show, Rhimes’ honoree was announced by BET. The company’s CEO, Scott Mills, said in a statement that Rhymes is “a multi-faceted award-winning artist who has captivated audiences for decades with his original hip hop sound and unique visuals. He continues to make an indelible mark.” ” on a culture we hold dear, and it is with great pride that we present this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to a visionary, master of rhyme and a true pioneer. His unwavering commitment to transcending boundaries, expressively expressing his art and empowering generations of artists is testament to his unique legacy.” Mills concluded, “We look forward to paying tribute to his remarkable journey and celebrating his countless hits, Looking forward to showcasing spectacular performances and celebrating unforgettable moments that define art and culture.”
Others to earn tributes include Whitney Houston, Prince, Diddy and Lionel Richie.