Burna Boy’s Performances and Losses at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards
The highly-anticipated 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards, held at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3 and televised on October 10, saw Burna Boy, the Grammy-winning Nigerian sensation, make waves once again. While it wasn’t a night of sweeping victories for him, Burna Boy’s presence and performance left an indelible mark on the event.
Burna Boy’s Seven Nominations:
Burna Boy, also known as the ‘African Giant,’ entered the awards night with high expectations. He had secured nominations in seven different categories. These included Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, and Best Live Performer of the Year. However, Burna Boy faced some stiff competition, particularly from American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar’s Triumph:
Kendrick Lamar proved to be a formidable opponent, winning in the Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, and Best Live Performer of the Year categories. His dominance was undeniable, showcasing his unwavering talent and influence in the hip-hop scene.
In addition to his losses to Kendrick Lamar, Burna Boy also missed out on the titles of Hustler of the Year (won by 50 Cent) and Best Collaboration of the Year for his track ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ featuring 21 Savage. The latter was claimed by Lil Durk and J. Cole for their collaboration on ‘All My Life.’ Burna Boy’s other nominations in the Best Hip Hop Video and Song of the Year categories also ended with different artists taking home the trophies.
Kendrick Lamar’s Grand Slam:
While Burna Boy experienced a challenging night, Kendrick Lamar emerged as the evening’s most prominent victor. Kendrick managed to sweep all the categories he was nominated in, demonstrating his prowess as a hip hop artist and lyricist, and even adding the Video Director of the Year award to his collection.
Black Sherif’s Best International Flow Win:
The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards also witnessed Ghanaian sensation Black Sherif’s win in the Best International Flow category. He defeated South Africa’s late AKA and K.O, France’s Gazo and Ninho, UK’s J Hus, Central Cee, and others. Black Sherif’s victory showcased the global diversity and talent represented at the event.
Burna Boy may not have claimed all the awards he was nominated for at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards, but his presence, energy, and commitment to his craft are undeniable. The night belonged to Kendrick Lamar, who showcased his dominance in the hip-hop world. Additionally, Black Sherif’s win highlighted the international appeal and reach of hip-hop music.