DaBaby Honors George Floyd in a Powerful Performance at BET Awards
DaBaby and Roddy Ricch perform their single “Rockstar” at the BET Awards while paying tribute to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests.
The virtual performance first starts with the rapper on the ground with a white police officer’s knee sitting on his neck, recreating the traumatic video of Floyd’s death. The video then begins with the rapper’s own encounter of being involved with police brutality and racial profiling, which he shared in the “Black Lives Matter Remix” of the song.
The remainder of the video shows DaBaby and Ricch on top of burning police cars while being surrounded by masked protestors wearing shirts with sayings like “Black Lives Matter” and “I Am George Floyd.”
The performance ends with audio from nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant. In 2016, Oliphant went viral from a speech she made at a Charlotte City council meeting about police brutality.
Da Baby and Roddy Ricch really showed up w/ their performance of “Rockstar.” Seeing them not only highlight George Floyd but also Breonna Taylor. And to end w/ a Black girl protestor + a Black girl expressing her feelings about police violence. I felt that. #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/AuiYqehJv6
— Mar-kw-ASIA (@MarquaysaBattle) June 29, 2020
Many viewers praised the artists for their powerful controversial images. DaBaby and Roddy Ricch also took home awards for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best New Artist.
Congratulations to all the winners and make sure to watch the powerful performance of “Rockstar” on YouTube.