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Cardi B, Queen Latifah top BET Awards: Full list of winners

Cardi B’s “WAP” has new which means on the BET Awards: successful and pregnant.

The Grammy-winning star debuted her baby bump during a live performance Sunday alongside husband Offset in addition to Quavo and Takeoff of Migos. She additionally received video of the year for her Megan Thee Stallion-assisted No. 1 hit “WAP.”

Cardi B didn’t keep to simply accept the distinction on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, however Megan Thee Stallion rushed to the stage to select up the award, forgetting to thank Cardi throughout her speech.

But the “Savage” rapper made up for it when she received greatest feminine hip-hop artist moments later.

“I really forgot to say ‘thank you Cardi’ for even putting me on ‘WAP’ because it makes me feel so good to be acknowledged by one of my peers, who I think so highly of,” Megan Thee Stallion mentioned. “I think so highly of all the women who was nominated in this category.”

Along with celebrating feminine artists, the BET Awards additionally highlighted homosexual satisfaction with a seductive efficiency by Lil Nas X and Queen Latifah, who thanked her reported associate and son when she accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As she rattled on thanks’s, she mentioned: “Ebony, my love, Rebel, my love.” The 51-year-old ended with: “Peace! Happy pride!”

Queen Latifah was honored for her illustrious career as a Grammy-winning rapper, a Golden Globe-winning actor and an Emmy-winning TV producer. Rapsody and Monie Love kicked off the tribute with a efficiency of “Ladies First,” which was adopted by Lil Kim and MC Lyte rapping the basic “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Lil Nas X received over the group along with his No. 1 hit “Call Me By Your Name,” which ended with the rapper locking lips with a male background dancer, as the group roared loudly. Some viewers members jumped out of their seats in reward.

His stage was set in Ancient Egypt, very like Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” which Lil Nas X paid tribute to with a talented dance break in the course of the efficiency.

Mothers had been additionally saluted in the course of the three-hour-plus present: Queen Latifah, who attended along with her father, held a photograph on her mom onstage; Megan Thee Stallion remembered her mom, who died in 2019, throughout her speech: “She can’t be here with me today but I still think about her everyday and she is the reason why I keep going.” And Jazmine Sullivan — who received album of the year for her critically acclaimed EP “Heaux Tales” — attended the present along with her mom, who’s battling most cancers.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago so we didn’t see any of this happening, but God has been so faithful to us and my mom is in remission,” she mentioned. “This is my prize. This is my gift. It means more to me than anything that she’s here with me. She supported me all my life.”

The ceremony was devoted to “the year of the Black women,” as actor and host Taraji P. Henson put on the top of the present. Rep. Maxine Waters mentioned her signature phrase — “reclaiming my time” — earlier than Sullivan hit the stage for a sultry, top-notch efficiency that includes fellow R&B singer Ari Lennox. The first award of the evening went to Andra Day, who received greatest actress, whereas Darnella Frazier — {the teenager} who pulled out her cellphone and started recording when she noticed George Floyd being pinned to the bottom by a police officer — was given the Shine a Light Award.

Frazier didn’t attend the awards present however the honor got here weeks after she was awarded a particular quotation by the Pulitzer Prizes for her video that helped to launch a worldwide motion to protest racial injustice.

H.E.R., who additionally wowed the viewers along with her efficiency, received greatest feminine R&B/pop artist. The Grammy winner advised the group that it’s “important for us to recognize each other and celebrate each other.”

“If we don’t, who else will?” she added.

Rapper Lil Baby received greatest male hip-hop artist and joined forces with gospel artist Kirk Franklin to kick off the present with a efficiency that obtained Issa Rae, Queen Latifah, DJ Khaled and Zendaya bouncing of their seats.

Swizz Beatz curated the tribute to DMX, who died in April at age 50. Performers included Busta Rhymes, Method Man and Griselda.

Other winners Sunday included Burna Boy, who received greatest worldwide act; Giveon, named greatest new artist; and Silk Sonic — the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — who had been named greatest group.

Cardi B, Queen Latifah and Lil Nas X had been among the many show-stoppers on the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Full list of 2021 BET Award winners:

Video of the year: DJ Khaled that includes Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, “Higher”

Best feminine R&B/pop artist: Lizzo

Best male R&B/pop artist: Chris Brown

Best feminine hip-hop artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Best male hip-hop artist: DaBaby

Rapper DaBaby lay on the pavement whereas an actor enjoying a police officer pressed his knee on the rapper’s neck.

The reenactment in the beginning of the multi-platinum rapper’s efficiency supplied a glimpse into the final moments of the life of George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis police final month. DaBaby rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit tune “Rockstar” with Roddy Ricch on the awards.

While holding a baseball bat, DaBaby then stood on a stage behind a gaggle of individuals who had their fists raised excessive whereas others held “Black Lives Matter” indicators.

His efficiency additionally featured photographs from protests, a mirrored image of the present world within the wake of Floyd’s dying and the deaths of others, together with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Best new artist: Roddy Ricch

Best feminine hip-hop artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Best male hip-hop artist: DaBaby

Best new artist: Roddy Ricch

Best group: Migos

Best collaboration: Chris Brown that includes Drake, “No Guidance”

Album of the year: Roddy Ricch, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”

Humanitarian award: Beyoncé

Beyoncé used her platform Sunday whereas accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct enchantment to viewers: Go vote.

“Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” mentioned the famous person singer on the BET Awards, which celebrated its 20 years of highlighting excellence in Black-led leisure. But the ceremony, filmed nearly as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic, stored a lot of its give attention to subjects reminiscent of systematic racism and equal rights.

Beyoncé was honored for her philanthropic work and reduction efforts in the course of the COVID-19 disaster. She mentioned voting within the upcoming election was the way in which to finish a “racist and unequal system” in America.

“I’m encouraging you to take action,” she mentioned following an introduction by former first girl Michelle Obama.

The singer devoted her award to the Black Lives Matter motion, and inspired activists to proceed to push ahead.

“We have to vote like our lives depend on it, because it does,” she mentioned.

Dr. Bobby Jones greatest gospel/inspirational award: Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me”

Best actress: Issa Rae

Best actor: Michael B. Jordan

Best film: “Queen & Slim”

Youngstars award: Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the year: Simone Biles

Sportsman of the year: LeBron James

BET HER award: Beyoncé that includes Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint JHN, “Brown Skin Girl”

Video director of the year: Teyana Taylor

Best worldwide act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Viewer’s alternative: Best new worldwide act: Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)