The BET Awards boast all-star performers every year, and the 22nd annual ceremony in 2022 is no exception. Some of the biggest names in music are set to be honored at the awards show as several talented artists take to the stage to entertain the crowd.
Lizzo, Latto, and other artists are performing at the 2022 BET Awards
The 2022 BET Awards will air live on BET on June 26 at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Empire actor Taraji P. Henson for the second year in a row.
The performers for the show include Lizzo, Latto, Jack Harlow, Chlöe, Ella Mai, Chance the Rapper, Babyface, Givēon, Joey Bada$$, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch, Muni Long, Doechii, Fireboy DML, and Maverick City Music.
2022 will be Roddy Ricch’s third year in a row performing at the show. He performed “High Fashion,” “The Box,” and his DaBaby collab “Rockstar” on the 2020 show and “Late at Night” in 2021.
It will also be Kirk Franklin’s second year in a row performing at the BET Awards; he performed “We Win” with Lil Baby in 2021. For the 2022 show, he’s expected to perform in tandem with Maverick City Music.
This will be the second year in a row that Franklin has performed on the show. He performed “We Win” with Lil Baby last year. This year, he is expected to perform in collaboration with Maverick City Music.
Doja Cat, Ari Lennox, and Drake lead the nominations
With six nominations in total, rapper Doja Cat has the most total nods at the 2022 ceremony. The “Say So” hitmaker is this year’s only artist, male or female, to be nominated in both R&B/pop and hip-hop categories, in what many view as a testament to her wide-reaching appeal.
Ari Lennox and Drake, meanwhile, are tied for second place in nominations, with four nods each. Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Chlöe, Future, H.E.R., Jasmine Sullivan, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige, and Tems each received three nominations. Of the 14 total artists who received three or more nominations this year, Chlöe is the only one scheduled to perform at the show.
Rapper and record executive Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.
Lil Nas X was snubbed, while Jack Harlow is performing and is nominated
One outspoken critic of the BET Awards is Lil Nas X, who was snubbed entirely from the show nominations once again. His “Industry Baby” collaborator Jack Harlow, meanwhile, is nominated for best male hip-hop artist in addition to having a spot as a performer. Given that the BET Awards are “the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change,” Harlow’s snub in place of Lil Nas X is especially puzzling.
Lil Nas pulls no punches in his criticism of BET in his single “Late to Da Party,” arriving just days before the show.