The BET Awards were a family affair for Busta Rhymes. The rapper brought five of his six children to the June 25 ceremony, where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his prolific decades-long hip-hop career. Rhymes posed on the pink carpet with his two daughters, Cacie and Mariah Smith; three children, T’ziah, Trillian, and T’Khi Wood-Smith; and one of his nephews. The men in his family subtly coordinated in shimmering brocade suits, while his daughters dazzled in sparkly off-the-shoulder gowns.
As Rhymes took the stage to accept the lifetime achievement award from Swizz Beatz and Marlon Wayans, he broke down in tears and waved to his children, who were cheering for him in the front row. “I’ll put it on my sleeve. I want to cry,” the 51-year-old artist began. “My oldest son was 3 in ‘Woo-Hah!!’ in ’96. he’s 30 years old. he’s right here. I moved on and had five more kids after that. I had six beautiful kids. Five of the six are here.” During the show, he posted a selfie-style Instagram video with his family, saying, “They see me with my beautiful young kings and queens. This is how the lineage of royalty will be represented. I love you all. I’m so happy.” “. .”
Rhymes later returned to the stage to perform a medley of his hits, including “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” “I Know What You Want,” and his verse from “Look at Me Now.” Other BET Awards performers included Coco Jones, The Sugarhill Gang, Ice Spice, MC Lyte, Doechii and GloRilla. Offset and Quavo also teamed up to pay musical tribute to Migos bandmate Takeoff, who was fatally shot last November. “Do this for the family because he’s bigger than me,” Offset wrote while sharing a video of his performance on his Instagram.
Read on for the best pictures of Rhymes and his family looking like royalty at the BET Awards, and then catch up on what all the stars wore on the pink carpet for the show.