I don't think there's a person alive who wouldn't agree that life in general has been pretty far from "normal" as of late. After the implementation of social distancing guidelines that eventually turned into straight up laws because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis law enforcement (which ignited a powder keg filled by over 400 years of racism and inequality), the world seems to have adopted somewhat of a survivalist mentality. Ballet classes, graduations, business meetings, you name it; almost everything is virtual now, out of necessity for the most part, and that fact doesn't change much once one adds television production to that list. The idea of an award show with no live audience, no huge venue, and no red carpet is an absurd one, or at least it was up until this past Sunday. That was the night BET proved just how close to perfect something like this can be, even when the rest of the world is being as far from perfect as possible.
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