The 2021 BET Awards, honoring Black excellence in entertainment and sports, were presented Sunday, June 28 and the show was nothing less than phenomenal.
Hosted by Taraji P. Henson the show literally elevated artists’ performance to a new level, including a gravity-defying performance from H.E.R.
Among the artists with the most nods this year were DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion with seven nominations each. Following closely behind are Cardi B and Drake, who each have five nods.
Following more than a year of quarantine, social distancing and police brutality, the BET 2021 Awards was a star-studded and uplifting celebration of Black excellence in entertainment and culture.
Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Queen Latifah was honored with a look back at some of the multitalented entertainer’s most memorable moments as a nominee, performer, host and more.
The 2021 BET Awards featured an all-star tribute to DMX featuring Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and more.
The performance opened with Method Man doing an a cappella version of DMX’s major label debut single, 1998’s “Get at Me Dog.” Buffalo rap trio Griselda then took the stage, running through a bit of “Hood Blues” — their collaboration with DMX on his posthumous album, Exodus — and then belting the refrain from “Where the Hood At?”
Along with the DMX tribute, the 2021 BET Awards featured performances from Lil Nas, Cardi B and Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyler the Creator and more.
The amazing list of winners can be found here:
Album of the yearHeaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER
Best female R&B / pop artistH.E.R. *WINNER
Best male R&B / pop artistChris Brown *WINNER
Best female hip hop artistMegan Thee Stallion *WINNER
Best male hip hop artistLil Baby *WINNER
Best new artistGiveon *WINNER
Best collaborationCardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP” *WINNER
Best groupSilk Sonic *WINNER
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational awardKirk Franklin – “Strong God” *WINNER
BET HER awardSZA — “Good Days” *WINNER
Viewer’s choice awardMegan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — “Savage (Remix)” *WINNER
Video of the yearCardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP” *WINNER
Video director of the yearBruno Mars & Florent Déchard *WINNER
Best international actBurna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Best movie“Judas and the Black Messiah” *WINNER
Best actressAndra Day *WINNER
Best actorChadwick Boseman *WINNER
Youngstars awardMarsai Martin *WINNER
Sportswoman of the year awardNaomi Osaka *WINNER
Sportsman of the year awardLebron James *WINNER
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