Busta Rhymes was moved to tears as he graciously accepted the highly esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 BET Awards held on Sunday night (June 25). The electrifying moment took place at the renowned Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where Busta took the stage to reflect upon his illustrious career and the profound impact it has had on his life.
With raw emotion, Busta began his acceptance speech by openly expressing his vulnerability, stating, “All right. So, I’m going to wear it on my sleeve. I do want to cry.” He took a heartfelt pause, allowing his emotions to flow freely.
He then continued, “I’m going to say I am grateful for the blessing that has been bestowed upon me and this gift that I have been given, and this fire that continues to burn as a passion in my soul, allowing me to excel in any situation.”
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Busta Rhymes emphasized his relentless pursuit of excellence, ensuring that he remains far from being the weak link. He shared his commitment to giving his all, both on stage and in collaborations with fellow artists, proudly proclaiming, “Because I enjoy walking away from a situation saying, ‘I bust ass!‘”
The significance of Busta’s contributions to the culture was further emphasized through a poignant video that paid homage to his remarkable legacy. The tribute featured luminaries such as Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Janet Jackson, and Dave Chappelle, who spoke of his profound influence. Scott Mills, the CEO of BET, shared his excitement ahead of the event, stating, “Busta Rhymes is a multifaceted, award-winning artist who has mesmerized audiences for decades with his original hip-hop sound and one-of-a-kind visuals. He continues to leave an indelible mark on the culture that we hold dear, and it is with great pride that we present this year’s lifetime achievement award to a visionary, a master of rhyme, and a true pioneer.”