BET Awards 2022: Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson & More Open Up About US Abortion Verdict

Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were some of the big stars

using the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to

strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion.

Henson took the stage as the show’s host on Sunday

with an uplifting message about “Black excellence” before she launched

into the court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling last week.

The actor took the stage after Lizzo opened the show

with a flute solo in a glittery-gold outfit performing her single “About Damn Time.”

Janelle Monae held up her middle finger toward the Supreme Court before she introduced nominees for best female R&B/pop artist.