The night in Los Angeles belonged to icons in the black community, including the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
- The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in the field of entertainment.
- It was first established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television.
- The trophy is inspired in three words – aspire, ascend and achieve.
The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts.
But the show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, belonged to the artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
Among the key moments was when Hussle, a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles who was shot dead on March 31, posthumously earned the Humanitarian Award.
“Nipsey is such an important part of our community, in particular the fact that he focused on servicing his community, staying in his community, and trying to uplift the community he was a part of,” BET Networks President Scott M Mills said.
“We really wanted to recognise him here in LA,” he added.
The audience also erupted in cheers for media mogul Tyler Perry, who earned the Ultimate Icon Award.
While Childish Gambino, who did not attend the show, won the top prize – Video of the year – for This is America, Beyonce Knowles was named best female R&B/pop artist, and Bruno Mars won best male R&B/pop artist.
Here is the list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards:
- Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
- Video of the year: Childish Gambino (This is America)
- Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyonce
- Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars
- Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B
- Best male hip-hop artist: Nipsey Hussle
- Best new artist: Lil Baby
- Best group: Migos
- Best collaboration: Travis Scott featuring Drake (Sicko Mode)
- Album of the year: Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy)
- Viewers’ choice award: Ella Mai (Trip)
- Lifetime achievement award: Mary J Blige
- Humanitarian award: Nipsey Hussle
- Ultimate icon award: Tyler Perry
- best gospel/inspirational award: Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen (Blessing Me Again)
- Best actress: Regina King
- Best actor: Michael B Jordan
- Best movie: Blackkklansman
- Youngstars award: Marsai Martin
- Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
- Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry
- Video director of the year: Karena Evans
- Best new international act: Sho Madjozi (South Africa)