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“Will Smith releases new song ‘You Can Make’ It’s Joined by Kirk Franklin, Sunday Service Choir at BET Awards 2024”

At the 2024 BET Awards in Los Angeles, the 55-year-old Oscar winner sang his new single “You Can Make It” live on Sunday, June 30.

As he began his performance, he danced around a blazing fire pit and sang, “You are in the smoke and the fire / Tight rope on the wires / I see you’re broken and tired / And all your hope is expired / You’re just done with the change and the games and the shame / And the world is insane all the pain from the flames that you walk through.”

Kirk Franklin, Chandler Moore, and the Sunday Service choir joined the actor/rapper on stage to sing his uplifting tune amid a thunderstorm.

Smith closed his performance with an uplifting message for the crowd, stating, “Nobody has an easy journey. We all have our crosses to bear, but there is knowledge in the fire. And every minute of your life is a fresh chance.”

“We are not being punished; we are being forged,” he said. “Dance in your darkest moments.”

Prior to the release of his new song on Friday, June 28, Smith was confirmed as a special performance by BET last week.

“We are truly honored to welcome Will Smith back to grace the BET Awards stage. From his start as a rapper to being a box office king as one of the Bad Boys, Will Smith is truly a global icon,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, in a press statement ahead of Sunday’s show.

Smith became the first rapper to win a Grammy in 1989, before hitting new heights at the box office. Under the name Fresh Prince, he and DJ Jazzy Jeff won the prize for outstanding rap performance for their 1988 smash tune, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

Days before his 2024 BET Awards appearance, the artist-turned-actor posted an Instagram video of himself demonstrating a little-known ability.

In a video titled “Through some of my darkest moments, music has always been there for me – to lift me and help me grow,” Smith played the piano. “It’s my humble wish that it can do the same for you and bring you all the joy and light you deserve.”

The song was from his latest single, “You Can Make It,” which he said he was “excited” to perform at the 2024 BET Awards.

Smith last released music in 2017, with the EDM track “Get Lit,” which came more than a decade after his last studio album, 2005’s Lost and Found.

The actor from King Richard was supposed to make a musical return at the 2023 Grammys, but shooting for his new film Bad Boys 4 ran into the same time as the annual ceremony. The 50th-anniversary homage to hip-hop would have included his performance.

The spoiler alert will be revealed by me. In 2023, while appearing on the Grammy red carpet, Questlove informed Variety that, although Will Smith was present tonight, filming for Bad Boys 4 began this week. “There were a lot of preliminary shots that he had to do, so we had to lose Will.”

From Los Angeles’s Peacock Theatre, the 2024 BET Awards will be broadcast live on June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Who’s performing at the 2024 BET Awards?

Ice Spice: The performances of “Phat Butt” and “Think U the Shit (Fart)” sparked outrage among both censors and audiences.

Will Smith: Made a gospel rap return with a strong performance, marking a highlight of the 2024 BET Awards.

Host Taraji P. Henson: In a “Not Like Us” parody, attendees mimicked Kendrick Lamar’s Juneteenth Pop Out concert look, adding comedic flair to the event.

Latto: She delivered powerful performances of “Sunday Service” and “Big Mama,” demonstrating her stage presence and ability.

Sexyy Red: Presented emotional performances of “U My Everything” and “Get It Sexyy,” showcasing vocal power and musical versatility.

GloRilla: Took possession of the stage with performances of “TGIF,” “Wanna Be,” and a medley containing “Yeah Glo!”, cementing her status as a rising talent in the music business.

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