BET Apologizes For Muting Usher’s Lifetime Acceptance Award Speech At The BET Awards

Oh boy, BET had quite the “Oops” moment during the 2024 BET Awards! Picture this: the legendary Usher, the man who brought us “Yeah!” and all those smooth dance moves, was being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. You’d think the universe would cut him some slack, right? Nope! Instead, the audio decided to play hide and seek during his acceptance speech.

So, there’s Usher, looking dapper as ever, ready to drop some wisdom bombs and heartfelt thanks. But BAM! Four minutes in, the audio started doing the cha-cha, cutting in and out like it had stage fright. And then, in the grand finale of audio mishaps, it completely ghosted us for a whopping five minutes. Five minutes! That’s like an eternity in speech time.

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After the show, BET must have felt like they were caught in their own version of “Punk’d.” They rushed out an apology faster than Usher can glide across a stage. “Celebrating global icon Usher on our stage with a star-studded tribute and having him accept his award with a heartfelt speech was an honor,” they told TVLine, probably while wiping sweat off their brows.

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They continued, “Due to an audio malfunction during the live telecast, portions of his speech were inadvertently muted. We extend our sincere apologies to Usher as we couldn’t be more grateful for his participation in Culture’s Biggest Night.” Translation: “Our bad, Usher. The audio gremlins got us this time.”

But hey, don’t fret! BET, being the smooth operators they are, uploaded Usher’s entire speech on YouTube sans any audio hiccups. So if you missed it, you can catch the uninterrupted golden words of wisdom from Usher himself. Just don’t forget to bring popcorn for the encore on BET, because let’s be real, you don’t want to miss a second of that magic again!

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Let’s give a round of applause to BET for turning a tech glitch into a masterclass in damage control. And here’s to hoping the audio behaves itself next time, especially when the king of R&B is on the mic!

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