From elegant gowns to massive jewels, these looks made a statement on screen

By Hanna Flanagan
June 29, 2020 01:13 PM

The 2020 BET Awards were held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic but that didn’t stop celebrities from gracing our screens with red carpet-worthy looks.

From host Amanda Seales’ 13 outfit changes to Beyoncé’s jaw-dropping diamond necklace, here are the stand-out style moments from the 20th-anniversary ceremony that honors Black talent in television, film and sports.


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The superstar, 38, made a rare public appearance to accept BET's prestigious Humanitarian Award (which she dedicated to Black Lives Matter protesters). During her speech, Beyoncé donned a crystal choker with a massive diamond pendant. She wore a strapless bustier and styled her blonde hair sleek and straight to accentuate the statement-making necklace.

Amanda Seales

The actress and activist made a point to spotlight Black creatives all night — especially through fashion! Seales wore 13 outfits over the course of her BET hosting gig and each one was created by a Black designer.

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She opened the show in a playful Pyer Moss shift dress, then changed into a Grayscale ruffled, red latex number and later donned a custom Bishme Cromartie two-piece set and a matching bucket hat, inspired by Karyn Parsons' iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character Hilary Banks.

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"We're always going for creativity. We're going to be supporting Black designers, my makeup and hair, we’re also supporting Black products," Seales told PEOPLE exclusively before the award show.


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The “Truth Hurts” singer accepted her Best Female R&B / Pop Artist award in a custom black velvet Mônot gown. The sexy off-the-shoulder garment was embellished with ruffled iridescent fabric and featured a thigh-high slit. “As long as you're winning in life, that's the only trophy you need,” Lizzo told fans in her speech.

Jennifer Hudson

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Ahead of her highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic Respect set to hit theaters later this year, the multi-hyphenate star honored the Queen of Soul and sang a moving rendition of “Young, Gifted and Black.” Hudson wore a fishnet top underneath an emerald green, one-shoulder gown with a jeweled collar by Reem Acra.

Chloe x Halle

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The famous sisters stayed true to their signature harmonious style, wearing coordinated outfits seemingly inspired by iconic R&B girl groups like TLC. The Ungodly Hour artists sported black latex dresses before switching into strappy athleisure looks for the second half of their BET performance.