Usher’s Unseen BET Awards Speech– Unfiltered Version Released Online


The undulating intensity of emotions, a mixture of raw unfiltered passion and earnest sentiment, echoed as Usher addressed his fellow artists and fans during his acceptance speech for the BET Awards’ lifetime achievement award. His oration, an unbridled thirteen-minute diatribe, was endearing, occasionally laced with swearwords, and drawn-out. Unfortunately, only a select few amongst the audience were privy to the unabridged rendition.

Television viewers bemusedly tuned in as the network egregiously cloaked large portions of Usher’s commendation soliloquy. In an attempt to shed light on the mystery of the missing monologue, a BET spokesperson intimated The Associated Press with an explanation. An unexpected glitch in the audio during the live telecast inadvertently obscured large parts of his speech, to which the network expressed profound remorse and gratitude towards Usher for his contribution.

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However, enthusiasts need not fret as a complete version of the heartfelt counsel has been made available on BET’s official YouTube channel. This unfiltered version will also feature in a rerun scheduled for Monday, with a few choice expletives judiciously edited out. Usher’s musings meandered around topics near and dear to his heart – parenthood, forgiveness, and a treasured career that spans over three decades. The stringent expurgation process seemed to become evident shortly after Usher warned his audience of his intentions to speak freely, swearing included.

Adding a personal touch to his proclamation, Usher nostalgically recalled his first steps into the industry as a naïve 12 or 13-year-old breaking through into the intimidating terrain of L.A Reid’s executive office, audaciously declaring his inevitable success to the roomful of industry executives. As he recollects, this audacious declaration was not borne out of hubris. “I rebranded the word ego that day. Out loud, I projected my goals,” reminisces Usher about this pivotal life moment, a piece the audience, unfortunately, did not get to experience live.

An unparalleled titan of R&B, Usher prides himself on being an eight-time Grammy laureate. His notable career landmarks include the conclusion of a two-year residency in Las Vegas’ Park MGM with his renowned show, “Usher: My Way.” Galvanizing his reputation further, Usher dropped his first solo album in eight years and teased fans with the kickoff of a 24-city U.S. tour titled “Past Present Future,” set to begin this August.

His charismatic performance during the 2024 Super Bowl halftime created waves and won him critical acclaim, featuring popular artists like Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, and Ludacris. Riding this wave of success is his album “Confessions”, which boasts of a staggering sale of over 10 million units in the U.S alone, ensuring its place amongst the best-selling music projects of all time. This sensational album launched hit tracks such as “Yeah!” featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, “Burn”, and “Confessions Part II.”

BET aired a rerun of the 2024 BET Awards on Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, ensuring an opportunity for audiences to relive the famed night.