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2022 BET Awards: ‘In Memoriam’ begins with Roe v. Wade, ends with tribute to victims of gun violence

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This year, the BET Awards made a powerful statement with their surprising and emotionally resonant “In Memoriam” segment.

After a brief introduction from host Taraji P. Henson, the award show’s traditional tribute to the people we’ve lost over the past year immediately took a political stance, with the first being “Roe v. Wade.”

The moving tribute came after several politically charged acceptance speeches and statements condemning controversial and divisive recent Supreme Court decisions that have sparked protests across the country.

“In Memoriam” then proceeded to the most traditional – a video featuring the names and faces of celebs who have died in the past, touching to gospel tunes.

Tributes featured music stars including Andre Leon Talley and Virgil Abloh, Tracy Braxton, Biz Markie, as well as Michael K. Williams, Chesley Crist and Sidney Poitier, including TV personalities and actors.

Then, in a deliberately jarring and shocking moment, the tribute was cut short by a resonating gunshot, before hundreds of names began to appear on the screen, obscuring them with sheer numbers.

Another gunshot was heard on the screen as it read, “In memory of all those lost to gun violence.” It was a powerful and powerful message that gave this volume more depth than the typical memorial montage.

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