Lauryn Hill and Son YG Marley Dazzle with Electrifying Performance at 2024 BET Awards

Hill and son YG deliver a powerful performance at the 2024 BET Awards

Lauryn Hill performs on the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN WINTER/GETTY)
Lauryn Hill performs on the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN WINTER/GETTY)

Lauryn Hill and her son YG Marley brought a unique and heartfelt performance to the 2024 BET Awards, held on Sunday, June 30, at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

The mother-son duo captivated the audience with a mix of classic hits and new material, turning the event into a memorable family reunion.

Hill, 49, opened their set with a powerful rendition of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the title track of her iconic 1998 album.

Dressed in a striking black dress with a yellow cape, sunglasses, and a shimmering head covering, the Grammy-winning artist set the tone for the evening. Her performance seamlessly transitioned into “Lost Ones,” another fan favorite from the same album.

The crowd enthusiastically sang along, clearly appreciating the classic R&B and reggae-influenced sounds that defined Hill’s debut solo record.

In a moment reminiscent of her May appearance on The Tonight Show, Hill included a freestyle verse focused on activism and equality. This addition resonated with the audience, further emphasizing her enduring commitment to social issues through her music.

Lauryn Hill and YG Marley at 2024 BET Awards

Lauryn Hill and YG Marley at the 2024 BET Awards

The highlight of the night came when Hill’s son, YG Marley, joined her onstage. Marley, who is also the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, performed his recently-released single “Survival.”

The track, which includes songwriting contributions from Hill and an interpolation of Bob Marley’s 1979 song “Ambush in the Night,” showcased the young artist’s talent and deep musical heritage.

Marley then transitioned into his 2023 single “Praise Jah in the Moonlight,” further showcasing his musical versatility.

The performance reached its peak when Hill’s Fugees bandmate, Wyclef Jean, joined the duo onstage. Together, they delivered a spirited rendition of the 1995 rap track “Fu-Gee-La,” bringing the audience to their feet and closing the award ceremony on a high note.

Hill and Marley’s performance at the BET Awards follows their joint appearance on The Tonight Show, where they performed a soulful version of “Ex-Factor” from Hill’s 1998 album.

During that appearance, Marley also performed “Survival” and “Praise Jah in the Moonlight,” giving viewers a taste of his burgeoning musical career.

Looking ahead, Hill and Marley are set to embark on an extension of Hill’s Miseducation Anniversary tour, which was postponed in November due to Hill’s vocal issues. This time, Hill will reunite with her Fugees bandmates, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, with Marley joining as a special guest.

Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean perform onstage during the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN WINTER/GETTY)
Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean perform onstage during the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN WINTER/GETTY)

The rescheduled tour dates were announced on Monday, June 24, with Hill expressing her excitement on social media, stating, “The Celebration Continues…”

The announcement of the new tour dates comes nearly a year after the 25th anniversary of Hill’s seminal debut album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The album, which received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, has continued to influence artists and listeners alike.

In May, Apple Music named it the No. 1 album on its inaugural 100 best albums of all time list. In honor of this achievement, Hill was celebrated with a special dinner, where she reflected on the album’s impact.

“This is my award, but it’s a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love,” she said.

The 2024 BET Awards served as a testament to Hill’s enduring legacy in the music industry. Her performance with YG Marley highlighted not only her timeless artistry but also the promising future of her son.

The duo’s collaboration, combined with the nostalgic return of Wyclef Jean, created a powerful and unforgettable experience for all in attendance.

As Hill and Marley prepare for their upcoming tour, fans eagerly anticipate more opportunities to witness their dynamic performances.

Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the 2024 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, PARAS GRIFFIN/GETTY)
Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the 2024 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, PARAS GRIFFIN/GETTY)

The Miseducation Anniversary tour promises to be a celebration of Hill’s illustrious career, with the added excitement of Marley’s rising star.

With such a rich musical heritage and a commitment to activism and equality, Hill and Marley continue to inspire audiences around the world.

The 2024 BET Awards, airing live from the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles, showcased the best of past and present talent, with Lauryn Hill and YG Marley’s performance standing out as a highlight of the night.

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