Offset Says ‘Soul Clearing’ BET Awards Performance Came Together in Just 16 Hours

(L-R) Quavo and Offset perform onstage during the BET Awards 2023 at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

Offset is reflecting on his surprise tribute performance at the 2023 BET Awards, calling the moment “soul” clearing and “iconic.”

The former Migos member reunited with Quavo to honor their late bandmate Takeoff at the June 25 ceremony.

In a recent Instagram Live, Offset said he and Quavo put the tribute together in a matter of hours after returning to the U.S. from Paris.

“We did the BET performance, man, it was iconic,” he said.

“It cleared my soul. Me and my brother Qua, we put that together within 16 hours, 15 hours, we landed from Paris at 9 p.m. and go to work to figure out how we’re gonna put this show together. And we do that cause we some real stars. We do this music. We the greatest group to ever touch the mic — R.I.P. my brother Take. We did it for my brother Take,” he added.

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The rapper added that they wanted the performance to appear cinematic.

“Me and Qua stood tall, brother-to-brother and I appreciate everyone for supporting us. It was a movie, it was a vibe. We needed that for the culture,” he said.

Although he admitted the two were so focused on getting the intricate performance just right that they “didn’t sleep.”

“Me and Qua sat down, locked in on the visuals, locked in on the position of the stage, the lighting, everything, as a unit. When you put the three heads together, it’s always gonna be cinematic. It’s always gonna be the truth,” he said. “Thank God for that moment.”

The performance featured pyrotechnics, dancers, special lighting, and a projection of Takeoff onto a large screen as the pair performed a string of hits, including the Migos single “Bad and Boujee.”

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston on Nov. 1, 2022. Police said he was an “innocent bystander,” who lost his life following a dispute over a game of dice. Takeoff was 28 years old.

Watch the tribute performance to Takeoff below.