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BET 2021 Awards: Full list of winners and nominees

Monday June 28 2021
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By Bethsheba Wambura

Dar es Salaam. Andra Day, H.E.R., Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Silk Sonic were among the winners at the 2021 BET Awards, which were handed out Sunday night at a live, in-person show that felt like a return to pre-pandemic norms.

Taraji P. Henson hosted the ceremony, which this year featured the theme “Year of the Black Woman.” Last year, the BET Awards was one of the first major awards shows to take place after the start of the pandemic, though it took place virtually and remotely. This year, the BET Awards returned to the live show format and welcomed back an in-person, vaccinated audience along with a red carpet. Organizers said they would work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

During the show, Queen Latifah was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Before she took the stage to give her acceptance speech, Monie Love, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Lil’ Kim performed a tribute to Latifah, including her own hit “U.N.I.T.Y,” as the rapper-actress got emotional while watching from the audience.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion was tied with DaBaby for having the most nominations of the night and took home awards for "Best Female Hip Hop Artist," "Best Collaboration," "Viewer's Choice" and "Video of the Year." 

Rap legend DMX, who died from a heart attack earlier this year, was honored at the ceremony with a special tribute performance from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz and Michael K. Williams. 

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Andra Day, the City Girls, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Nas X, Kirk Franklin and Migos were among stars who performed at the annual award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners:

Album of the Year

  • "Heaux Tales" Jazmine Sullivan — Winner
  • "Ungodly Hour" — Chloe x Halle
  • "King's Disease" — Nas
  • "Good News" — Megan Thee Stallion
  • "Blame it on Baby" — DaBaby
  • "After Hours" — The Weeknd

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist

  • H.E.R. — Winner
  • Beyoncé
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Jhené Aiko
  • Summer Walker
  • Sza

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist

  • Chris Brown — Winner
  • 6LACK
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Giveon
  • Tank
  • The Weeknd

Best Group

  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic — Winner
  • 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
  • Chloe X Halle
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug 
  • City Girls
  • Migos

Best Collaboration

  • "WAP" Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
  • "Rockstar" — DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
  • "Popstar" — DJ Khaled ft. Drake 
  • "What's Poppin (Remix)" — Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne
  • "Cry Baby" — Megan Thee Stallion ft. DaBaby
  • "For the Night" — Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby and DaBaby

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • Lil Baby — Winner
  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • Jack Harlow
  • Pop Smoke

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
  • Cardi B
  • Coi Leray
  • Doja Cat
  • Latto
  • Saweetie

Video of the Year

  • "WAP" Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
  • "Up" — Cardi B
  • "Do It" — Chloe x Halle
  • "Go Crazy" — Chris Brown and Young Thug
  • "Laugh Now Cry Later" — Drake ft. Lil Durk
  • "Leave the Door Open" — Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic

Video Director of the Year

  • Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard — Winner
  • Benny Boom
  • Cole Bennett
  • Colin Tilley
  • Dave Meyers
  • Hype Williams

Best New Artist

  • Giveon — Winner
  • Coi Leray
  • Flo Milli
  • Jack Harlow
  • Latto
  • Pooh Shiesty

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award

  • "Strong God" — Kirk Franklin
  • "In Jesus Name" — Bebe Winans
  • "Never Lost" — Cece Winans
  • "Hold Us Together" — H.E.R.
  • "Thank You For It All" — Marvin Sapp
  • "Touch From You" — Tamela Mann

BET Her Award

  • "Good Days" Sza — Winner
  • "So Done" — Alicia Keys ft. Khalid
  • "Baby Mama" — Brandy ft. Chance the Rapper
  • "Anti Queen" — Bri Steves
  • "Baby Girl" — Chloe x Halle
  • "Rooted" — Ciara ft. Ester Dean

Best International Act

  • Burna Boy, Nigeria — Winner
  • Aya Nakamura — France
  • Diamond Platnumz — Tanzania
  • Emicida — Brazil
  • Headie One — United Kingdom
  • Wizkid — Nigeria
  • Young T & Bugsey — United Kingdom
  • Youssopha — France

Viewer's Choice Award

  • "Savage (Remix)" Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé  –  Winner
  • "WAP" –  Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion 
  • "Go Crazy" –  Chris Brown & Young Thug 
  • "Rockstar" – DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch 
  • "Popstar" –  DJ Khaled ft. Drake 
  • "Laugh Now Cry Later" – Drake ft. Lil Durk 
  • "The Bigger Picture" – Lil Baby 
  • "Leave the Door Open"  – Silk Sonic

Best Movie

  • "Judas and the Black Messiah" — Winner
  • "Coming 2 America"
  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
  • "One Night in Miami"
  • "Soul"
  • "The United States Vs. Billie Holiday"

Best Actress

  • Andra Day — Winner
  • Angela Bassett
  • Issa Rae
  • Jurnee Smollett
  • Viola Davis
  • Zendaya

Best Actor

  • Chadwick Boseman — Winner
  • Aldis Hodge
  • Damson Idris
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars Award:

  • Marsai Martin — Winner
  • Alex R. Hibbert
  • Ethan Hutchison
  • Lonnie Chavis
  • Michael Epps
  • Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

  • Naomi Osaka — Winner
  • A'ja Wilson
  • Candace Parker
  • Claressa Shields
  • Serena Williams
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith

Sportsman of the Year Award:

  • Lebron James — Winner
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Russell Wilson
  • Stephen Curry

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act

  • Bree Runway, United Kingdom — Winner
  • Arlo Parks — United Kingdom
  • Bramsito — France
  • Elaine — South Africa
  • MC Dricka — Brazil
  • Ronisia — France
  • Tems — Nigeria


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