Empire Cast Praises Marriage Equality Ruling in BET Awards Performance

Empire BET Awards Performance

Empire star Jussie Smollett brought back fond memories of Lucious Lyon’s White Party during Sunday’s BET Awards, yet again turning a performance of “You’re So Beautiful” into a powerful statement about equality.

Following killer performances of “No Apologies” and “Drip Drop,” courtesy of co-stars Bryshere Y. Gray and Serayah, Smollett stormed the stage for a powerful rendition of another Empire anthem — and you can bet he went with the “man loves a man” version.

“We live in a nation where freedom is what we represent, yet we are still fighting every day for the basic freedoms of all of our people,” Smollett roared, as the music dropped out behind him. “Let the Supreme Court ruling be proof of how far we have come; let the deaths of our sisters and brothers be proof of how far we have to go. No one is free until we are all free.”

And this time, Lucious wasn’t mean-mugging Jamal from the balcony. He, along with the biggest names in rap, was cheering for his son from the audience. (Speaking of which, did you catch Nicki Minaj mouthing the words to “Drip Drop”? Maybe someone wants back on Fox!)

Watch the Empire cast’s full BET Awards medley below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the performances.

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  1. Annie says:

    I love the fact that Jussie used the “when a man loves a man” lyrics. The world kept turning, and I have not seen any negative response to the lyrics.

  2. Jared says:

    Jussie stole the BET Awards with his Empire performance. It was really cool to see a gay guy singing those lyrics with his male back up dancers and show the world it’s really no big deal.

  3. Le sigh…Jussie Smollett What a beautiful sexy talented man.

  4. MyExBFF says:

    beautiful and timely performance. even though we still have so far to go, taking this moment to celebrate progress is meaningful. Plus, it’s just a damn good performance. Bravo.

  5. uslovely95 says:

    I feel to ea its own.But no disrespect but I do not agree withbthe supreme court ruling. And. I think BET should have never added that into their show.

    • Annie says:

      You don’t have to agree. Civil and Human Rights should never be up to public vote or opinion. Despite what some people believe, a government has an obligation to protect all of its citizens, and not just those who represent the majority. As I said you have the right to your opinion, but you don’t have the right to force that opinion on others or trad on other people’s basic rights.