February 12, 2018 – BET Owned Social! “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” was the biggest celebration of the genre EVER! Music and television stars Erykah Badu, Tony Rock, Justin Combs, Amanda Seales, Reginae Carter, Symone Sanders joined social superstars Kash Doll, Blame it on Kway, La La Sizahands, Amara La Negra, Jess Hilarious and more to set the inaugural social kudofest on fire! The African king of comedy Michael Blackson hosted the show live from Tyler Perry Studios Ft McPherson in Atlanta. Executive produced by Mike Epps, this first-of-its-kind awards show celebrated all things social media over the past year. Watch all the must see moments now at BET.com/Social and on social platforms by following the hashtag #BETSocialAwards. In case you missed the show LIVE, catch an encore airing of “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” Monday, February 12 at 10 PM ET/PT on BET.
The night opened with a high-energy medley of the top dances of 2017 starring social media sensations Blame it on Kway and Lala Sizahands followed by Michael Blackson who took the stage with an African-inspired dance number. From President Trump to Tyrese to Kevin Hart, nobody was off limits – including Blackson himself. He was joined by his “For the D and P Challenge” co-star Erykah Badu who roasted Blackson’s outfit, as she took the stage to present the ‘Issa Wave’ award.
The night honored the celebrated hashtag #BlackGirlMagic with a spoken word tribute by comedian and actress Amanda Seales and “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” honored the founders of the Women’s March, organizers Tamika D. Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. Actor and comedian DC Young Fly was given the Social Verified Award by Executive Producer Mike Epps.