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Janelle Monáe had some blunt words and coarse sign language for the US Supreme Court on Sunday while presenting onstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.
‘F*** you, Supreme Court,’ said Monáe, 36, while raising her middle finger in response to the high court’s recent abortion case ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
Monáe after being introduced by host Taraji P. Henson, 52, said it was ‘amazing’ to be at the Microsoft Theater ‘celebrating us.’
Coarse language: Janelle Monáe had some blunt words and coarse sign language for the US Supreme Court on Sunday while presenting onstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles
‘Happy Black Music Month, happy Pride to us, all the gays in the house, hello,’ said Monáe, who came out in April as non-binary on the Red Table Talk.
‘Anyway, I’d like to give a special, special shout out to Black women, to Black queer artists, to Black nonbinary artists. These artists making art on our own terms, owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body, and our decisions, my decisions,’ Monáe said before cursing out the Supreme Court.
Monáe went on to say that artists ‘must celebrate our art by protecting our rights and our truths’.
She then presented the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan, 35.
Award presenter: ‘Happy Black Music Month, happy Pride to us, all the gays in the house, hello,’ said Monáe, who came out in April as non-binary on the Red Table Talk
The winner: Monáe presented the award for Best Female R&B Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan
Sullivan in her acceptance speech spoke directly to men and asked for their help in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that declared the US Constitution does not confer any right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
‘We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefitted from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate her pregnancy. You need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue,’ Sullivan said.
‘We need your support more than ever, okay, fellas. Y’all got us? We’ve got y’all. You all have got us?,’ she added.
Seeking support: ‘We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefitted from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate her pregnancy. You need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue,’ Sullivan said
Many celebrities have been using their platform to speak out against the Supreme Court’s decision that rolled back nearly five decades of a women’s right to get an abortion.
At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade, saying: ‘This song goes out to the justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh.’
She then called British pop star Lily Allen, 37, to the stage, and the two performed her 2009 hit F*** You.
Justices name-checked: At the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday night, singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, name-checked the five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade
Rodrigo flipped the middle finger as she stood on stage, before saying: ‘We hate you guys!’ as the pair launched into the expletive-filled song.
New Zealand singer Lorde, 25, also screamed ‘F*** the Supreme Court’ during her performance at Glastonbury Festival.
It will now be up to each individual state to determine whether to legalize gay marriage, and at least 18 states have now banned abortions – and the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban the procedure.
UK festival: New Zealand singer Lorde, 25, also screamed ‘F*** the Supreme Court’ during her performance at Glastonbury Festival
Monáe stunned upon arrival at the awards ceremony in a see-through black outfit.
She wore a sleeveless multi-strap dress with a bandeau top, triangular cutouts and a long sheer skirt.
The dress also featured a black rose centerpiece and a long train.
All-black outfit: The 36-year-old singer wore a black sleeveless multi-strap dress with a bandeau top, triangular cutouts and a long sheer skirt
Back rose: The dress also featured a black rose centerpiece and a long train
Seeing through: The sheer skirt trailed behind Janelle as she walked the carpet
Henson was on hosting duties for a second year in a row during the live awards show.
Established in 2001, the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) awards celebrate African American stars in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
In a recent interview, Henson spoke about the importance of the BET Awards, and how they have championed her throughout her career.
Hair up: Janelle had her blonde hair up in a messy bun
‘No matter how big I get in my career, no matter how high my star may rise, I will never forget my community,’ she told Essence, talking about ceremony.
‘The community is who told Hollywood, “Hey, pay attention to her.”‘
Henson also told Variety how this year’s show will focus on celebrating Hollywood’s Black men, after saluting trailblazing Black women last year.
Award presenter: Janelle was a presenter at the BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles
‘For me, it’s all about balance,’ Henson explained. ‘We shone a light on the incredible Black women, and this year we need to uplift our men.’
That will including honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, 52, with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘He’s getting his flowers,’ she joked. ‘I thought it would be a great opportunity to lift him up and to lift up all those men that he’s inspired and those who have inspired him.’
Pop award: The singer strutted the carpet at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles
2022 BET Awards Winners and Nominees
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Jazmine Sullivan – WINNER
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic)
Chlöe x Halle
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
Dolph & Key Glock
‘Essence,’ Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – WINNER
‘Every Chance I Get,’ DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk
‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA
‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix),’ BIA Feat. Nicki Minaj
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe
‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA
‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox
‘Smokin Out The Window,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
Video Director of the Year
Anderson .Paak A.K.A. Director .Paak
Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch
Best New Artist
Benny The Butcher
Latto – WINNER
Album of the Year
‘An Evening with Silk Sonic,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak (Silk Sonic)
‘Back Of My Mind,’ H.E.R.
‘Call Me If You Get Lost,’ Tyler, The Creator
‘Certified Lover Boy,’ Drake
‘Donda,’ Kanye West
‘Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe,’ Jazmine Sullivan
‘Planet Her,’ Doja Cat
Best International Act
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Fireboy DML (Nigeria)
Little Simz (UK)
Major League DJz (South Africa)
Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER
‘Candyman’ ‘King Richard’
‘Respect’ ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’
‘Summer of Soul’ ‘The Harder They Fall’
Adrian Holmes, ‘Bel-Air’
Anthony Anderson, ‘Black-Ish’
Damson Idris, ‘Snowfall’
Denzel Washington, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
Forest Whitaker, ‘Respect’ and ‘Godfather of Harlem’
Jabari Banks, ‘Bel-Air’ Sterling K. Brown, ‘This Is Us’
Will Smith, ‘King Richard’
Aunjanue Ellis, ‘King Richard’
Coco Jones, ‘Bel-Air’
Issa Rae, ‘Insecure’
Jennifer Hudson, ‘Respect’
Mary J. Blige, ‘Power Book II: Ghost’
Queen Latifah, ‘The Equalizer’
Quinta Brunson, ‘Abbott Elementary’
Regina King, ‘The Harder They Fall’
Zendaya, ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’
Marsai Martin – WINNER
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Sportsman of the Year Award
Lebron James Stephen Curry
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
‘All In Your Hands,’ Marvin Sapp
‘Come To Life,’ Kanye West
‘Grace,’ Kelly Price
‘Hallelujah,’ Fred Hammond
‘Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),’ H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
‘Jireh,’ Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
‘We Win,’ Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – WINNER
‘Best Of Me (Originals),’ Alicia Keys
‘Good Morning Gorgeous,’ Mary J. Blige – WINNER
‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe ‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox
‘Roster,’ Jazmine Sullivan
‘Unloyal,’ Summer Walker & Ari Lennox
‘Woman,’ Doja Cat