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Music icon Patti LaBelle showed support for Lil Nas X after he was harshly criticized for kissing one of his male dancers during the 2021 BET Awards.

The openly ghey rapper sparked controversy for the provocative kiss following his performance of "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" last month.

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Critics, including Benzino, called out the one-hit rapper for his same-sex kiss.

However, Patti LaBelle insists Nas X should ignore his critics and continue to live his best life as an out-and-proud star.

Appearing on SiriusXM satellite radio show Urban View, she said:

"I am really understanding now that people understand people have to live their lives the way they need to live. Sometimes it's not bad to be yourself. It's always good to be yourself and let the chips fall, but don't be afraid and stay in the closet for the rest of your life.

"Lil Nas X came out, he kissed the man on the BET Awards, and it was what he wanted to do. Does that make him a bad person? No, he did himself. I say keep on doing you..."

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The "Lady Marmalade" pop legend went on to accuse critics of ignoring Lil Nas X's musical talent, and she expressed her support for the "Old Town Road" country-trap rapper.

"Don't blow out someone's candle so yours can light brighter," she chastised his haters.

"Don't dim anybody, just give the stage and the audience what you have. There's room for everybody, too. Some people are intimidated by certain people and there is no need to be. Just do you, and don't step on anybody's toes, just do you and God will bless you."

Only three formal complaints were filed with officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to TMZ.

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Benzino had something to say about country/trap rapper Lil Nas X kissing one of his male dancers on the 2021 BET Awards last weekend.

The former reality TV personality was infuriated at BET executives for pulling a "lame" stunt.

Benzino took to Instagram Live to blast the BET Awards:

"That s### BET pulled yesterday was lame [as f###]. It was too uncomfortable, too irresponsible, too forced, and too irrelevant to the awards. Homie ain't even hot like that for music anymore anyway. It's a shame what all this is coming to. I wish I had the backing to bring the Source Awards back."

The brawny, 55-year-old Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta star is co-founder of the now defunct Source magazine and the Source Awards.

Benzino continued:

"I just feel like sometimes things can be forced, and they don't have to be. I think Lil Nas X was trying to show he’s gay and gay’s here, but we already knew that. You don’t have to push the envelope so much. Gay people are here. The movement’s here."

There was some pushback from the LGBT+ community. Benzino defended his statement, saying he bought LNX's one hit "Old Town Road" for his son, Zino.

"All this satanic sh*t I'm just not with. I mean, how do you explain sh*t like this to your kid? I got noting but respect and Love for the ghey community, but that ain't it. I could see if he was popping but it was unexpected and unnecessary. I didn't care for the Madonna [and Britney Spears] kiss either. I could see if they were dating..."

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Lil Nas X responded to Benzino's criticism, saying, "I'm sorry but the thought of ni**as sitting their kids down in the living room and telling them gay people exist is so hilarious to me."
 

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Coi Leray clapped back at trolls on social media who are jealous and envious of her natural body.

They made fun of the "Pac Girl" rapper after she showed off her non-surgically enhanced bod on the red carpet at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday.

In the midst of the taunting, rapper NLE Choppa took to Twitter to defend the 24-year-old after she tweeted:

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"My body is always trending. I don't understand. Is there a certain way I'm supposed to look? Help me understand. In the Bible is it a Sin to be thin? Help me understand. I hope y'all mothers got beach bodies."

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In her defense, rapper NLE Choppa wrote: "Cause you natural. F*ck em."

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Coi is rapper Benzino's daughter. The "Huddy" rapper was born and raised in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

She was accompanied on the BET Awards red carpet by 25-year-old Canadian rapper Pressa who is best known for his hit single "Novacane."

Question: Is Coi your body goals?

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Black Twitter imploded after Lil Nas X passionately tongue kissed a man onstage at the BET Awards.

Lil Nas X stunned BET Awards viewers on Sunday night by making out with one of his male dancers after performing "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)".

The openly homosexual rapper closed out his set at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles by playing tonsil hockey with his dancer as the audience cheered.

Not everyone was supportive of Nas X's celebration of Pride Month. Many on social media say Nas X was inappropriate in front of minors viewing at home.

One Twitter user wrote: "Black ppl wouldn't have supported Old Town Road if we knew it was gonna turn into this."

Another user wrote: "It's good that these folks are standing up to this foolishness."

Another user tweeted: "I agree Hundred points symbol percent. You don't have to throw away all your moral compass for 'love is love' ... protecting children is a must r regardless of your lifestyle. I'm glad they are speaking out. It just shows how they expect everyone to go along with the garbage public behavior."

Even members of the LGBT+ community ripped Nas X for the kiss on national television.

The 22-year-old Georgia native clapped back at his critics, saying, "Y'all really like to pretend homosexuality didn't exist in African culture."

Nas X is best known for a remix to his country-trap single, "Old Town Road," featuring country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 59.
 

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Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and mom-to-be Cardi B were among the big winners at the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Megan picked up four trophies, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist and the Viewer's Choice Award for her Beyonce collaboration "Savage," while both stars won Best Collaboration and Best Video for "WAP."

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Megan was joined on the red carpet by her significant other, rap producer Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine.

But Cardi grabbed the spotlight by revealing she was expecting her second child during a surprise set with her husband Offset's group Migos.

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It was also a big night for singer Jazmine Sullivan, right, who took home the Album of the Year prize for "Heaux Tales." Jazmine posed with rapper Coi LeRay before the show.

Singer H.E.R. was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Bruno Mars, took home two awards for Video Director and Best Group for his magical collaboration with Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.

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The awards show, hosted by Taraji P. Henson (pictured), featured a record 18 show-stopping performances from the likes of Sullivan, Lil Baby, H.E.R., DJ Khaled, and Lil Nas X, as well as tributes to Lifetime Achievement recipient Queen Latifah and the late DMX.

Queen Latifah was overcome with emotion as she collected her latest honor and accolade.

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Holding back tears, the rap pioneer and actress took the stage after Lil' Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love delivered a stirring tribute, and had to compose herself before accepting the honor (see video blow).

"I'm so extremely moved I don't even know what to... I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn't get played on the radio and other places, we couldn't get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness."

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Latifah, a closeted lesbian, also thanked God, her father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., who joined her onstage, and her late mother, stating, "I've always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman, and raised by a father who loves women."
 

The full list of winners are:

Album of the Year:

Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

H.E.R.

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

Chris Brown

Best Group:

Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration:

WAP - Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:

Lil Baby

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:

Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year:

WAP by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Video Director of the Year:

Bruno Mars & Florent Dechard

Best New Artist:

Giveon

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

Strong God by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award:

Good Days by Sza

Best International Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Viewer's Choice Award:

Savage (Remix) - Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

Best Movie:

Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress:

Andra Day

Best Actor:

Chadwick Boseman

Youngstars Award:

Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

Naomi Osaka

Sportsman of the Year Award:

Lebron James

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act:

Bree Runway (United Kingdom)

Global Good Award:

Djamila Ribeiro

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Queen Latifah
 

 

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Cardi B confirmed her second pregnancy as she performed at the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The "WAP" rapper made the big reveal onstage at the Microsoft Theater with her husband Offset and his rap trio Migos.

After the trio finished performing "Straightenin," Cardi joined the group for "Type S--," wearing a sequined Dolce & Gabbana costume with a sheer panel revealing her baby bump.

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It's the second time Cardi, 28, used live television to break baby news. She debuted her baby bump on 'Saturday Night Live' when she was pregnant with the couple's daughter, Kulture, in 2018.

Kulture turns three next month.

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Meanwhile, Offset recently heaped praise on his wife's skills as a mother, revealing she loves her three stepchildren the same way as their daughter.

"My other kids who ain't hers... (she) gives them love the same way. It's a beautiful thing," he said in an interview over Father's Day weekend.

Offset, 29, is also dad to daughter Kalea, 6, and sons Kody, 6, and Jordan, 11, from previous relationships.

With 5 children by four mothers, Offset is the latest addition to the list of prolific breeders in hip-hop:

*DMX (15 children by 9 women)
*Ol' Dirty Bastard (13 kids by as many baby mamas)
*Shawty Lo (11 children by 10 baby mamas)
Peter Gunz (10 kids by at least 4 baby mamas)
Chief Keef (9 kids by 8 baby mamas)
Master P (9 children by at least 2 women)
*Eazy-E (9 kids by 6 baby mamas)
Bizzy Bone (9 kids by 4 baby mamas)
NBA YoungBoy (8 children by at least 7 baby mamas)
Boozie Badazz (8 kids by at least 5 baby mamas)
The-Dream (8 kids by 4 baby mamas)
Yung Joc (8 kids by 4 baby mamas)
Moneybagg Yo (8 kids by 4 baby mamas)
Nick Cannon (7 children by 4 women)
Lil Durk (7 kids by 6 baby mamas)
Dr. Dre (7 or 8 kids by 5 women)
Fetty Wap 7 kids by 6 baby mamas)
T.I. (7 children by three women)
Flavor Flav (7 children by 3 baby mamas)
Young Thug (6 kids by 4 baby mamas)
Sean Combs (6 kids by 3 women)
Jay Z (5 children by 3 women)
Future Hendrix (at least 5 kids by 5 baby mamas)
Offset (5 children by 4 women)

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A Black male-to-female (MtF) transgender activist called out BET for pulling a trans ad at the last minute.

At the conclusion of BET's first virtual BET Awards telecast on Sunday, trans activist Imara Jones, founder of Translash Media, took to Twitter to call out the network for pulling an advertisement that raised awareness of murdered Black MtF trans.

Jones tweeted:

"@bet pulled my ad at the last minute last night from the #BETAwards. It's hard to conclude anything other than that the platform is transphobic as @angelicaross & @lovebscott unfailingly point out. @citeblackwomen intentional invisibility is why our thoughts aren't heard."

In the ad, which was sponsored by McDonald's, Jones says, "Black trans women have a very simple message: stop killing us."

In a follow-up tweet, Jones wrote "And it's the incredible gap between what @bet said last night about being pro Black on air and what it does. But as I have written before "#BlackLivesMatter except [if] your're trans."

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The 2020 BET Awards featured several mentions of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by George Floyd's death, including rapper DaBaby's performance in which he is pinned to the ground by a police officer's knee on his neck - a reference to the killing of Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.
 

 

Rapper Lil Wayne closed out the 2020 BET Awards by saluting the memory of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his teenage daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

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In the awards ceremony's In Memoriam segment, Weezy performed his 2009 song "Kobe Bryant" as footage from the basketball icon's career flashed on the screen.

Lil Wayne previously honored the sportsman on his album Funeral earlier this year - one track, "Bing James," included 24 seconds of silence - a nod to Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers number 24.

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Host Amanda Seales paid tribute to the late Rock-n-Roll singer Little Richard. She made references to Breonna Taylor, the emergency medical technician who was killed when police officers raided her apartment during a wrong house no-knock warrant.

Seales also poked fun at all the well-meaning and opportunistic white folk who passionately support the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I must admit, this BET Awards is a little different," Seales said. "The main thing is it's virtual. We're getting real in touch with being real inside. Because outside is on one. It's got COVID and cops... It's like we hated on 2019 so much, it called its brother, 2020, to come through and provide a collective Molly whop. And that's precisely why we had to do the awards, because we deserve a break.

"And when I say 'we', I mean all us black folks watching the kneeling... the 'I take responsibility' vids, and saying to ourselves, 'Wow, Y'all goofy...!' America is acting brand new about racism, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was doing all the speeches for album interludes...

"We been out here in these streets marching, and this new eruption of consciousness has been beautiful. But keep it real though, some of y'all was only at the protest because the club is closed."

The full list of BET Awards winners

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist - Lizzo

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist - Chris Brown

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist - Megan Tee Stallion

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist - Da Baby

Best New Artist - Roddy Ricch

Best Group - Migos

Best Collaboration - No Guidance by Chris Brown feat. Drake

Video of the Year - Higher by DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

Video Director of the year - Teyana 'Spike Lee' Taylor

Album of the Year - Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial by Roddy Ricch

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award - Just For Me by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award - Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce feat. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & Saint Jhn

Viewers' Choice Award - Hot Girl Summer by Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj

Best International Act - Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Best New International Act - Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Best Movie - Queen & Slim

Youngstars Award - Marsai Martin

Best Actor - Michael B. Jordan

Best Actress - Issa Rae

Humanitarian Award - Beyonce

Sportswoman of the Year - Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year - LeBron James
 

 

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Megan Thee Stallion wowed fans on Sunday night as she pulled out all the stops for her performances during the virtual BET Awards.

The buxom 25-year-old rapper took inspiration from the Mad Max films for her incredible 4-minute video, in which she performed renditions of her hits "Girls In The Hood" and "Savage."

Dressed in a leather bralet and matching bottoms, with knee-high boots and a spiked bolero, the curvaceous star made an impressive entrance on a quad bike as she was joined by similarly clad dancers for the desert dance-off.

After concluding "Girls In The Hood", Megan and her bodacious crew jumped on their quad bikes to travel to their second destination - a stage set up from scaffolding in the middle of the desert.

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From there, Megan ditched her cover-up as she twerked, jiggled and danced her way through the eye-popping choreography, before the video concluded with the voluptuous rapper riding through the landscape on a spiky throne being driven by a masked man.

"Thank you BET," a thrilled Megan smiled as she finished her performance, which had been viewed more than 300,500 times on BET's YouTube page as WENN went to press.

Megan had another reason to celebrate on Sunday night, as she also took home the trophy for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.

The award is the latest sign that Megan's fame is still on the rise. But despite her growing success, the young star won't stop her studies at Texas Southern University - where she's working on a bachelor's degree - as a tribute to her mom Holly Thomas, who died in March 2019 after battling brain cancer.

"I want to get my degree because I really want my mom to be proud," Megan told People magazine. "My grandmother that's still alive used to be a teacher, so she's on my butt about finishing school. I'm doing it for me, but I'm also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today."