This year's BET Awards
will feature a focus on Black women
The award show, hosted by “Empire” alum Taraji P. Henson, will specifically honor the contributions of female artists
, entertainers, and culture shifters under the theme of “The Year of the Black Woman,” and will recognize top Black talent in music
, film, and more.
The ceremony, which returns to the Microsoft Theater
in Los Angeles
on Sunday night after last year's COVID-influenced virtual show, is more star-studded than ever, with Megan Thee Stallion
, Jazmine Sullivan, Cardi B, Issa Rae
, Andra Day, Viola Davis, and others nominated.
Queen Latifah will also be honored with the Lifetime Achievement BET Award, following previous honorees Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston
, to commemorate her decades-long career in hip-hop and Hollywood
The “Thot Shit
” rapper and DaBaby
lead this year’s nominations with seven nods each. Their chart-topping albums “Good News
” and “Blame It On Baby” will compete in the Album of The Year category against Jazmine Sullivan, Chloe x Halle, Nas, and The Weeknd
. Cardi B and Drake
are close behind with five nods each, while Anderson.Paak, Bruno Mars
In the acting categories, Chadwick Boseman
is nominated posthumously for his performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," which is also nominated for Best Picture alongside "Coming 2 America
," "Judas And The Black Messiah," "One Night In Miami
," "The United States
vs. Billie Holiday
," and "Soul."
Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, and Griselda will perform a special tribute to rap legend DMX, who died in April
at the age of 50, during the show.
Andra Day, City Girls, DaBaby, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Migos
, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, Roddy Ricch, and Tyler the Creator
are among the performers scheduled to take the stage.
The complete list of nominees and winners is available below.
Please return for updates as this is a developing
WINNER: "Heaux Tales" by Jazmine Sullivan, "After Hours" by The Weeknd, "Blame It On Baby" by DaBaby, "Good News" by Megan Thee Stallion, "King's Disease" by Nas, and "Ungodly Hour" by Chloe X Halle.
The Best Teamwork
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch — “Rockstar
”DJ Khaled ft. Drake — “Popstar”Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne — “Whats Poppin (Remix
)”Megan Thee Stallion ft.
Female R&B/Pop Performer of the Year
H.E.R., Beyoncé, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhené Aiko, Summer Walker, and SZA were the winners.
Male R&B/Pop Performer of the Year
6lacAnderson.PaakChris BrownGiveonTankThe Weeknd
Artist of the Year
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Group of the Year
Silk Sonic21 Savage21 Savage & Metro BoominChloe X HalleChris Brown & Young ThugCity GirlsMigos
Female Artist of the Year
Megan Thee StallionCardi BCoi LerayDoja CatLattoSaweetie is the winner.
Hip Hop Male Artist of the Year
WINNERS: Lil Baby, DaBabyDrake, J. Cole, Jack Harlow, and Pop Smoke.
Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Dr. Bobby Jones
Bebe Winans — "In Jesus Name" Cece Winans — "Never Lost" H.E.R. — "Hold Us Together" Kirk Franklin — "Strong God" Marvin Sapp — "Thank You For It All" Tamela Mann — "Touch From You"
Her Award from BET
WINNER: SZA — "Good Days"Alicia Keys — "So Done"Brandy — "Baby Mama"Bri Steves — "Anti Queen"Chloe X Halle — "Baby Girl"Ciara — "Rooted"
International Act of Excellence
Burna Boy (Nigeria)Aya Nakamura (France
Platnumz (Tanzania)Emicida (Brazil
)Headie One (UK)Wizkid (Nigeria)Young T & Bugsey (UK)Youssoupha (France) WINNER
Award for Popular Vote
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “Wap”Chris Brown & Young Thug — “Go Crazy”DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch — “Rockstar”DJ Khaled ft. Drake — “Popstar”Drake ft. Lil Durk — “Laugh Now Cry Later”Lil Baby — “The Bigger Picture”Megan
The Year's Best Video
WINNER: Cardi B — “Wap”Cardi B — “Up”Chloe X Halle — “Do It”Chris Brown & Young Thug — “Go Crazy”Drake — “Laugh Now Cry Later”Silk Sonic — “Leave The Door Open”
Year's Best Video Director
Cole BennettColin TilleyDave MeyersHype WilliamsBenny Boom, Bruno Mars, and Florent DéchardCole Bennett, Bruno Mars, and Florent DéchardCole Bennett, Bruno Mars, and Florent DéchardCole Bennett, Bruno Mars, and Florent Déchar
“Coming 2 America,” “Judas And The Black Messiah,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night In Miami,” “Soul,” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Most Popular Actress
Andra Day, Angela Bassett, Issa Rae, Jurnee Smollett, Viola Davis, and Zendaya are the winners.
Actor of the year
Aldis HodgeChadwick BosemanDamson IdrisDaniel KaluuyaEddie Murphy
Award for Youngstars
Alex R. HibbertEthan HutchisonLonnie ChavisMarsai MartinMichael EppsStorm Reid Alex R. HibbertEthan HutchisonLonnie ChavisMarsai MartinMichael EppsStorm Reid
Award for Female Athlete of the Year
WINNERS: Naomi Osaka
, A’ja Wilson, Candace Parker, Claressa Shields, Serena Williams
, and Skylar Diggins-Smith.
The Sportsman of the Year Award is given to the most outstanding athlete in the world.
WINNERS: LeBron James
, Kyrie Irving
, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Westbrook
, Russell Wilson, and Stephen Curry.