Recap of BET Awards 2021

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 28 Jun, 2021 15:46 | 4 mins read
Cardi B poses on stage with her husband Offset. PHOTO/COURTESY

Cardi B pulled a Beyoncé at Sunday’s BET Awards – using her performance with Migos to reveal she’s expecting a second baby with her partner, Offset.

The star took to the stage in a diamante-studded outfit, with a cut-out section for her baby bump.

The big announcement was confirmed shortly afterward with an Instagram post, simply captioned “#2”.

Cardi won two prizes at the ceremony, best video, and best collaboration, for WAP – a duet with Megan Thee Stallion.

The BET (Black Entertainment TV) Awards, which celebrate achievements by black artists, was this year based on the theme, “Year of the Black Woman”.

“Celebrating black women isn’t a fad or a trend, it’s a forever mood,” said actress and host Taraji P Henson as she opened the ceremony.

“There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can’t nobody be like me and can’t nobody be you as you.”

Texan rapper Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner, with four prizes, including two for WAP.

She also picked up best female hip-hop artist for the second year in a row; and the viewer’s choice award for Savage – her collaboration with Beyoncé.

Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion poses backstage with one of her four trophies

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.

Accepting her prize, Latifah thanked BET for “creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine.

“When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness.”

The star also brought a photo of her late mother onto the stage, saying: “I’ve always celebrated women because I was raised by a strong black woman”.

British singer Bree Runway won best new international act; while Nigeria’s Burna Boy took best international act for the third year in a row.

Elsewhere, Lil Baby took best male hip-hop artist for the first time, while H.E.R. beat 10-time winner Beyoncé in the best female R&B category.

The late Chadwick Boseman was named best actor, while Judas and the Black Messiah was named best movie – although neither award was handed out during the televised portion of the ceremony.

The show also had its share of meme-worthy moments, from Lil Nas X’s onstage kiss with one of his backup dancers to Tyler, The Creator battling a hurricane to deliver his new single Lumberjack.

Here are some of the stand-out photos from the ceremony.

Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X gave an Egyptian-themed performance of Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
DMX tribute
Stars including Busta Rhymes (centre) and Method Man (right) performed a tribute to late rapper DMX
H.E.R.
R&B star H.E.R added a BET Award to the Grammy and Oscar she won earlier this year
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah, who was accompanied on stage by her father, shared a photo of her late mother with fans
Citygirls
Citygirls lit the stage on fire with their performance of viral hit Twerkulator
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator got swept away by his performance
DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled brought an all-star cast onstage to play Every Chance I Get and I Did It. He’s pictured here with Lil Baby (centre) and H.E.R.
Silk Sonic
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak picked up best group for their new project, Silk Sonic, despite releasing just one single
Burna Boy
Burna Boy picked up best international artist for the third year running

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)
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