It looked like SZA’s fantastic medley of “Love Galore” and “The Weekend” almost didn’t happen at the 2017 BET Awards — but thank God it did. After she was introduced, the cameras quickly cut back to host Leslie Jones, who looked as befuddled as the audience. The veteran comic killed the time by riffing with high-profile guests like Floyd Mayweather before whatever technical difficulty delaying SZA’s performance was sorted out.
Eventually, the problem was fixed and SZA took to the stage to perform heartbreak ballad “Love Galore” and a sensual rendition of trifling anthem “The Weekend.” Decked out in a Champion brand workout leotard and a pair of chaps(!), she ran through the sultry numbers with a minimal backup band on a small, intimate stage that perfectly suited the low-key, slow burners. Check out the clip above.
After the performance, which went off without further incident, rumors began circulating that Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith was extremely upset about the mix-up before the performance. As it was SZA’s first major awards show appearance, it makes sense that her label’s head honcho would want to see everything work without a hitch.
Unfortunately, these things do happen. It doesn’t seem to have negatively affected the performance’s overall reception, with even hip-hop soul queen Erykah Badu contributing her two cents.
All in all, it wasn’t a terrible night for TDE at all, as Kendrick Lamar also took home the award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, and SZA received praise despite BET’s minor snafu with her performance. Check out our review of how her new album Ctrl finds power through insecurities.