But the show's performances and special moments made up for having to stay up late on a Sunday. But no one was really prepared for how they'd give him the award, including Chance himself.
He also acknowledged his youth and admitted that he felt he was maybe too young to get such a prestigious honor.
"I had plans originally to try and tell the world and everybody watching how to make it a better place", he said before criticizing Chicago Public Schools' finances, calling for lesser sentences for non-violent drug offenses, and asking for justice in police-involved shootings. "I'm 24 and to be receiving something like this at my age feels good as hell".
But we have to work on ourselves before "we can work on the world", Chance noted passionately, expressing his desire to be a better father to his daughter, spend more time with his cousins, and get more involved outside of Chicago to "help people all over the world". I'm a good man, and I'm gonna become a better man. Thank you Ms.
If you're keeping score, Beyoncé, who had the most noms going into the event, will have to make shelf space for 5 more awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.
An energetic Bruno Mars kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, "Perm".
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He added that commenting on the matter would be "improper". "This implication came from Donald Trump's Vermont campaign manager". Sanders are "baseless" and that the bank loan in question had been "approved by the financial board at the college".
Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" hosted the four-hour show. "Barack and I are so sorry that we can't be there tonight in person, but please know that we are with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance".
In March, Ma released the diss track "Shether", which was hostile toward Minaj and earned praised from critics and rap fans. This is her first BET Award.
Ma ended by quoting from one of her songs with Fat Joe and walked away with the award high in her hands.
New Edition, who received a three-part biopic mini-series on the network earlier in the year, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It started with the child actors from the movie singing "Candy Girl", later followed by the older actors for some of the band's hits apart from the group, including Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity".
Heading backstage for a quick wardrobe change, the group re-emerged for a performance of "Mr. Telephone Man" and "Can You Stand the Rain".