2022 BET Awards: See All of the Star-Studded Performances!
By Mona Khalifeh and Zach Seemayer
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The 2022 BET Awards kicked off Sunday night, and fans got a chance to see some of the biggest names in music perform their hottest hits.
Amid the awards and acceptance speeches, Sunday's show saw some truly impressive numbers, from artists like Babyface, Chance the Rapper, Chlöe, Doechii, Ella Mai, Fireboy DML, GIVĒON, Jack Harlow, Joey Bada$$, Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin, Latto, Lizzo, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch and more.
ET is following along throughout the night to round up all the incredible appearances as they happen.
Check out all the epic performances from Sunday's star-studded BET Awards below.
Lizzo opened up the show with a powerful performance of her hit, "About Damn Time." Beginning her set with an epic flute solo, Lizzo was glittering in gold, wearing a matching disco-ball-inspired outfit. Cascading down a gold set of stairs, while a gold disco ball spun behind her, the "GRRLS" singer danced and sang while the hyped-up audience got out of their chairs and moved and grooved along with her.
Jack Harlow with Lil Wayne and Brandy
The 24-year-old emcee kicked off his set with a performance of "Poison." Harlow rocked a black undershirt and matching black pants on the stage -- which mimicked a house party -- while he rapped the song from his latest album, Come Home The Kids Miss You. Making a surprise appearance was Lil Wayne, who came out and rapped his verse from the track. Kicking things up a notch, the rapper went into his viral hit, “First Class,” which got the audience on their feet. Surrounded by background dancers, the rapper hit his signature two-step as he performed the single. In one of the biggest surprises, Brandy graced the stage and delivered a verse alongside the rapper, before dancing alongside him.
Kirk Franklin & Maverick City
Before Kirk Franklin took home the Best Gospel/Inspirational Award -- for his collaboration with Lil Baby on "We Win" -- he took to the stage with Maverick City Music for a spiritually transcendent performance.
The Nigerian singer made his BET Awards debut, hitting the stage for the first time for an amped-up performance of his hit track, "Peru." The Afrobeat singer had the audience on their feet as he sang alongside back-bending dancers, complete with neon club lights and graphics which called attention to his home country of Africa.
The powerhouse rapper hit the stage in a glimmering silver ensemble as she was joined by a slew of all-female backup dancers for a high-energy performance of her viral hit "Persuasive." Then, stripping off her long, flowing wig, the artist shifted gears into a flaming, pyrotechnic-filled performance of "Crazy" that brought the house down.
Muni Long shut it down with an ethereal performance of "Hrs & Hrs." Kicking things off with a snippet of "Time Machine," Long shifted into the emotional track which saw the 33-year-old singer telling a story with both her voice and her cascading pink gown, which, with the help of dancers, fluttered away and transformed into a short dress, before enveloping her in a slew of feathers, eventually leaving Long in the shorter number to finish off the track.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper hit the stage with Joey Bada$$ for a performance of their recently released hit, "The Highs & The Lows." Chance kicked things off before being joined by Joey for a powerful rendition of the track, which saw its lyrics flashing across the screen as the duo spoke directly to the BET audience.
Ella Mai, Babyface & Roddy Rich
Ella Mai took the stage and dominated with a commanding presence, delivering a moving performance before she brought out some special star-power guests, beginning with Babyface and then Roddy Rich to close out the powerhouse number.
Latto with Young Dirty Bastard and Mariah Carey
Not long after she took home the Best New Artist trophy, Latto performed an epic, commanding medley beginning with her new single “It’s Givin," before getting joined by Young Dirty Bastard for a performance of "Big Engery." The number than transitioned into a remix of Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" which led to the surprise reveal of Carey herself who closed out the number to the screaming delight of the audience.
Before accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, Diddy took the stage with a cavalcade of superstars for an uber-nostalgic tribute to himself, which served as a retrospective of his musical legacy as a producer and artist. The performance included Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Shyne, Faith Evans and Maverick City Music.
Taking the stage in a black leather trench coast, with a line of matching, leather-clad backup dancers, the songstress took control of the room as she performed her sexy single "Surprise." As the number progressed, Chlöe threw off the coat, revealing a sultry, shimmery bodysuit and sang while dancing intimately close with a blindfolded man bound to a chair before moving on to a performance of "Treat Me."