The 2023 BET Awards celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with tributes to early voices, late legends, and new talent.

BET Awards: Quavo and Offset of Migos performed "Bad and Boujee" in tribute to their late bandmate Takeoff.

The show paid homage to late hip-hop stars like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Biz Markie, and Pop Smoke through performances and highlights of their best-known hits.

Busta Rhymes received the Lifetime Achievement Award and delivered an emotional speech about his journey in the music industry.

A high-energy tribute to Rhymes followed, featuring collaborations with other artists and a celebration of dancehall music.

The show featured performances from both old school hip-hop heroes and modern stars, highlighting rap's influential cities and innovation.

Patti LaBelle faced some technical difficulties during her performance, but the show overall ran smoothly despite its nearly four-hour runtime.

BET Awards: Lil Uzi Vert opened the show, and MC Lyte and Kid Capri kept the hostless show moving along.

Coco Jones won the best new artist award and delivered an empowering speech for black girls, encouraging them to keep fighting for what they deserve.

Busta Rhymes called for unity within the hip-hop community, urging veterans and newcomers to embrace one another and dispel the narrative that they don't love each other.