Nothing, not even the lockdown, could stop the BET Awards 2020 from happening and all sailed smoothly. BET Awards celebrate Black excellence in the fields of entertainment and sports and were held with even greater momentum this year given the political climate.
The award ceremony, for the first time ever, was held virtually and was simultaneously aired by CBS on June 28. That’s not it, the evening was packed with many more surprises and novelties.
Here’s the BET Awards 2020 Winners List:
Roddy Ricch’s debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial bagged Album of the Year. Ricch also won Best New Artist whose nominations included DaniLeigh and Summer Walker. Lizzo was crowned Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, beating ten-time winner Beyonce at it.
Chris Brown was named Best Male R&B/Pop Artist for the fifth time in a row. He also won Best Collaboration for the massive hit No Guidance featuring Drake. DaBaby dethroned four-time winner Drake to win the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
Megan Thee Stallion was announced Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, beating former winners Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj’s collab for Hot Girl Summer proved to be successful, winning Viewers’ Choice Award.
DJ Khaled’s Higher won Video of the Year while Migos set a new record by winning Best Group for the fourth time.
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Beyonce’s eight-year-old Blue Ivy became the youngest awardee in BET history as she won the BET HER award with her mum for Brown Skin Girl.
Burna Boy took home the accolade for Best International Act like last year. Kirk Franklin grabbed the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award for Just For Me, defeating Kanye West and marking his fourth win in the category.
Michael B. Jordan was honoured with Best Actor for the third time while Melina Matsoukas’ directorial Queen & Slim won Best Movie. 15-year-old Marsai Martin won the YoungStars award for the second straight year.
One of the greatest basketball players in NBA history, LeBron James won Sportsman of the Year for a record-extending seventh time while Simone Biles won the title for the Sportswoman of the Year, beating longtime winner Serena Williams.
The annual Humanitarian Award was bestowed upon Beyonce for the singer’s sustained philanthropic initiatives, like her latest project Black Parade.
The Winners List is proof that the BET Awards 2020 was history in the making. Title-holders were defeated and first-time winners were welcomed, all in good faith for the intent remains to celebrate Black achievement.