The BET Awards Red Carpet Kicks Off With Several Iconic Fashion Moments

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The 2023 BET Awards red carpet kicks off live from Los Angeles on Sunday night, celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in particular. This year’s nominations in music, television, film, and sports categories count Drake, Lizzo, and Beyoncé with the most nods, with Beyoncé maintaining her spot as the most decorated musician in BET Awards history. While the 23rd annual show hasn’t named a host, Taraji P. Henson took on the role the past two years, setting the standard for plenty of high fashion moments to come.

Last year, Lizzo turned up the glamour in a custom plunging Gucci gown in a midnight navy lurex with a feathered trim and leg slit; Chloë offered a spin on architectural cutouts in a sequined Nicolas Jebran number; Halle Bailey jumped on the hip cleavage bandwagon in a V-cut corset and low-slung skirt, courtesy of Mônot; and Janelle Monáe employed her outfit as commentary on the overturn of Roe v. Wade, choosing a Roberto Cavalli design with a leather harness to symbolize protection and empowerment. (She wasn’t the only one who used her platform to speak up about abortion rights that evening.)

The previous year, Cardi B wore what was arguably one of the most memorable catsuits in history for her pregnancy reveal, choosing a blinged-out look that centered a sheer circle of mesh around her growing belly. The fashion at the BET Awards has been nothing short of iconic through the years, and we only expect that trend to continue. With a list of 2023 presenters and performers that also includes Nicki Minaj, SZA, Cardi B, Latto, and Tyga, just as many meaningful outfits are sure to roll in as the night progresses.

Ahead, see every celebrity appearance on the red carpet at the 2023 BET Awards, and get full details on their outfits.

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