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Highlights from the 2019 BET Awards

Cardi B accepts Album of the Year from Anderson

On Sunday evening, The 19th edition of the BET Awards hosted by Regina Hall took place at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. the award ceremony featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts throughout the year.

The awards, which celebrate the best in black American entertainment, paid tribute to the rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed in Los Angeles in March. He was named best male hip-hop artist, and also given a special humanitarian award, to acknowledge the work he had done on social mobility  in the city. John Legend and DJ Khaled performed a musical tribute to Hussle, and the red carpet at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles was turned blue, to acknowledge the gang colours of the Crip gang he grew up with.

 

Nipsey Hussle’s family and Lauren London accept Humanitarian Award on behalf of Nipsey Hussle

The Awards red carpet always delivers some of the most memorable looks and you can always count on stunning fashion looks and yesterday night was no different. The guests were taken by surprise when Rihanna after three long years, Rihanna made a surprise appearance at the BET Awards.

The 31-year-old singer and world’s richest female musician somehow managed to skip the red carpet and make her way inside undetected. Even though Rihanna’s appearance was unannounced, she was on hand to present Mary J. Blige with the lifetime achievement award. During her speech, Rihanna praised Mary for “forever aligning the worlds of hip-hop and R&B” and “changing the game with her unique sound.

Rihanna presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary J. Blige

 

Other winners included Burna boy from Nigeria for best international act, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, who won the pop/R&B categories, while the rap trio Migos won best group. Michael B Jordan and Regina Kelly won the acting categories, while Serena Williams and Stephen Curry won the sports awards. Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman was named best movie.

Regina Hall was the host of the night

The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. Here is the full list of nominees and winners and highlights in pictures from the event.

Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X perform onstage at the 2019 BET Awards

Ciara arrives for the awards

Ella Mai rocking the Neon green

Fantasia Barrino performs at the awards

John Legend performs during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle

Lizzo during her perfomance

Mariah Carey accepts the Icon Award

Method Man and Mary J. Blige perform

Megan Thee Stallion on the blue carpet

T.I. presents the Humanitarian Award to Nipsey Hussle’s family in honor of Nipsey Hussle

Stefflon Don looking stunning on the Blue Carpet

Tyler Perry, Offset, Cardi B and La La Anthony

Video of the year

21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”

Cardi B, “Money”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”

Childish Gambino, “This Is America” *WINNER

Drake, “Nice for What”

The Carters, “Apeshit”

Best female R&B/pop artist

Beyoncé *WINNER

Ella Mai

H.E.R. Solange

SZA

Teyana Taylor.

Best male R&B/pop artist

Anderson .Paak

Bruno Mars *WINNER

Childish Gambino

Chris Brown

John Legend

Khalid

Best female hip-hop artist

Cardi B *WINNER

Kash Doll

Lizzo

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Best male hip-hop artist

21 Savage

Drake

1.Cole

Meek Mill

Nipsey Hussle *WINNER

Travis Scott

Best new artist

Blueface

City Girls

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby *WINNER

Queen Naija

Best group

Chloe x Halle

City Girls

Lil Baby and Gunna

Migos *WINNER

The Carters

Best collaboration

21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”

Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”

H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”

Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode” *WINNER

Tyga featuring Offset, “Taste”

Album of the year

Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy” *WINNER

Ella Mai, “Ella Mai”

Meek Mill, “Championships”

The Carters, “Everything Is Love”

Travis Scott, “Astroworld”

Viewers’ choice award

Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”

Childish Gambino, “This Is America”

Drake, “In My Feelings”

Ella Mai, “Trip” *WINNER

1.Cole, “Middle Child”

Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode”

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award

Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell, “All of My Life”

Fred Hammond, “Tell Me Where It Hurts”

Kirk Franklin, “Love Theory”

Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, “Blessing Me Again” *WINNER

Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone”

Best actress

Issa Rae

Regina Hall

Regina King *WINNER

Taraji P. Henson

Tiffany Haddish

Viola Davis

Best actor

Anthony Anderson

Chadwick Boseman

Denzel Washington

Mahershala Ali

Michael B. Jordan *WINNER

Omari Hardwick

Best movie

“BlacKkKlansman” *WINNER

“Creed 2?

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

“The Hate U Give”

Young stars award

Caleb McLaughlin

Lyric Ross

Marsai Martin *WINNER

Michael Rainey Jr.

Miles Brown

Sportswoman of the year

Allyson Felix

Candace Parker

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams *WINNER

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the year

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Odell Beckham Jr.

Stephen Curry *WINNER

Tiger Woods

BET HER award

Alicia Keys, “Raise a Man”

Ciara, “Level Up”

H.E.R., “Hard Place” *WINNER

Janelle Monae, “PYNK”

Queen Naija, “Mama’s Hand”

Teyana Taylor, “Rose in Harlem”

Video director of the year

Benny Boom

Colin Tilley

Dave Meyers

Hype Williams

Karena Evans *WINNER

Best international act

AKA (South Africa)

Aya Nakamura (France)

Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER

Dave (U.K.)

Dosseh (France)

Giggs (U.K.)

Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

Best new international act

Headie One (U.K.)

Jok’Air (France)

Nesly (France)

Octavian (U.K.)

Sho Madjozi (South Africa) *WINNER

Teni (Nigeria)

 

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