The BET (Black Entertainment TV) Awards, which celebrate achievements by black artists, was this year based on the theme, “Year of the Black Woman”. The awards held on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles California, USA were a top drawer as the Awards returned to the live show format and welcomed back an in-person, vaccinated audience along with a red carpet.
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Some of the highlights included Burna Boy winning the best international artist for the third year running.
Rap pioneer Queen Latifah was given the lifetime achievement award, and held back tears as her peers Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte and Monie Love performed a medley of her hits.
Full list of winners
- Video of the year: Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
- Best female R&B/pop artist: H.E.R.
- Best male R&B/pop artist: Chris Brown
- Best female hip-hop artist: Megan Thee Stallion
- Best male hip-hop artist: Lil Baby
- Best new artist: Giveon
- Best group: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic
- Best collaboration: Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
- Album of the year: Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales
- Viewer’s Choice Award: Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyoncé – Savage (Remix)
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Queen Latifah
- Best gospel/inspirational Award: Kirk Franklin – Strong God
- BET HER Award: SZA – Good Day
- Video director of the year: Bruno Mars and Florent Déchard – Keep the Door Open
- Best actress: Andra Day
- Best actor: Chadwick Boseman
- Best movie: Judas and the Black Messiah
- Youngstars award: Marsai Martin
- Sportswoman of the year: Naomi Osaka
- Sportsman of the year: LeBron James
- Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
- Best new international act: Bree Runway (UK)