Usher's Lifetime Achievement Award Speech Muted at 2024 BET Awards

Usher's Lifetime Achievement Award Speech Muted at 2024 BET Awards

Usher was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 BET Awards, held at the Peacock Theater on June 30. The tribute performance for Usher's 30-year career was predominantly female-led, featuring Childish Gambino, Keke Palmer, Summer Walker, and Coco Jones, with performances of "U Don't Have To Call" and "Superstar." Additional performers included Teyana Taylor and Victoria Monét, who recreated Usher’s 2004 “Bad Girl” performance. Some viewers expressed disappointment at the lack of male performers in the tribute, sparking debate on social media.

Usher's acceptance speech faced technical difficulties, resulting in large portions of his 10-minute speech being muted. Speculation arose among fans that the network might have been censoring expletives. During his speech, Usher reflected on his career, his relationship with his estranged father, and encouraged fathers to be present for their children. He also thanked the artists who performed in his tribute. Despite the audio issues, Usher's message was positively received. Additionally, Usher won the award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.

The 2024 BET Awards, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, saw Drake leading with seven nominations. The event continues to celebrate Black culture, though it faced criticism from some viewers regarding the execution of the tribute and the technical issues during Usher's acceptance speech.

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