From talking about the success of Black Panther in his opening monologue for 5 minutes to bringing up Donald Glover on the stage, and his piano performance.
Here are 7 of Jamie’shosting moments:
1. Black panther opening monologue
His five-minute opening monologue began, “Listen I am not here to host I am here to celebrate black excellence televised.” And quickly the funnyman launched into heaping praise on Black Panther for the next five minutes! At the end of his opening monologue, the Black Panther superfan brought Michael B. Jordan on stage to recite the powerful last line from the blockbuster movie.
The actor said: “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage.” And then the crowd went wild.
2. Foxx and Gambino’s moment
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Jamie brought Donald up to the stage in an impromptu move that got the entire audience to sing This Is America. Everyone was definitely surprised – especially Donald.
3. Get that robe on
Mocking Glover’s pajama-wear ensemble, Jamie later took to the stage and showed off his sleeping robe.
4. Disco Fever
Jamie was all about the costume changes, including rocking a disco-fabulous ensemble.
5. Celebrity beef
When talking about celeb beefs, Jamie brought up a blast from the past, talking about the famous feud between Oprah and Mo’nique following the success of the film Precious.
“There’s a lot of beefs. I am talking about Mo’Nique and Oprah. How did that happen? How was they beefin’? Cause we love them. We know Oprah tried to fix it. Come on Mo’Nique!” He then yelled, “Settle down, Mo’Nique!”
The actor then did an impression of the Oscar winner, who has mostly been out of the limelight since her big win. He then added, “We love Oprah and we’re scared of Mo’Nique.”
6. Piano performance
The actor and singer gave fans a little piano performance during the musical tribute for Anita Baker, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BET awards.
7. Time to get serious
Jamie got real and honest about gun violence. The performer seemed to ad-lib a seemingly unrehearsed moment in which he brought up the murder of 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, who was gunned down last week.
“I want to take a moment and acknowledge this young brother who was killed earlier this week,” said Jamie. “Young people, you have got to stop the violence. Whether you agreed with his lifestyle or not, he was a young talent who was taken from us too soon. No matter where you start, you have the opportunity to change.”