Beyoncé and Jay-Z, 8-year old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, was awarded as the youngest winner in the history of BET awards. New faces made it big and other promising artists were able to make it on the cut. The awardees set new records and while others maintained their throne.
Additionally, there were first-time winners who set the record on key categories at the 20th annual BET Awards. The “Cuz I Love You” singer, Lizzo snatched the best female R&B/pop artist. And true enough, this is record breaking after she took the crown of Beyoncé, who had won 10 times in this category, including the last six years in a row. Truly promising!
The rising rapstar Megan Thee Stallion brought home the best female hip hop artist, bested the two former winners in the category — Cardi B, who had won the last two years, and seven-time winner Nicki Minaj. DaBaby won best male hip hop artist, and dethroned the four-time winner Drake, among other big male artists.
Gymnast icon, Simone Biles bagged the sportswoman of the year for the first time. She bested tennis legend Serena Williams (who had won 12 times in the category, including the last six years in a row). The Black Mamba of the NBA, LeBron James won sportsman of the year for the seventh time in a row, which his throne is still on the top of the list.
Blue Ivy Carter, the eight-year old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, made it one the coveted event, in the BET HER award for “Brown Skin Girl,” along with Beyonce, Wizkid and SAINT JHN. This made Blue Ivy the youngest winner in BET history and set another record. The record was previously reigned by Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who made it at the age of 10 in 2011 when she shared the YoungStars award with her brother Jaden Smith, who was 12 years old that year.
Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch’s refreshing and highly-acclaimed debut album, won album of the year. It’s the sophomore year in a row that a debut album has bagged the coveted award in the history of BET. Last year’s winner was Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. Ricch also won best new artist, despite stiff competition from Lil Nas X and Summer Walker. Still, Chris Brown is still on the race and won best male R&B/pop artist for the fifth time around. With the contenders like The Weeknd and Chris Brown also hailed as best collaboration for his hit “No Guidance” (featuring Drake).
Migos had it big for winning the best group for the fourth time, a record in the category. They had been tied with OutKast, which it won three times in a row as of now. Dr. Bobby Jones beset gospel/inspirational award goes to Kirk Franklin for “Just For Me,” beating Kanye West, among other artist. Respectively, it is Franklin’s fourth time to bag the award in the category, which he tied with Yolanda Adams for the most wins in the category’s history of BET.
The video of the year goes to DJ Khaled’s “Higher” (featuring the late Nipsey Hussle and John Legend). It’s the first collaborative music project to achieve this award in this category since Jay-Z and West’s “Otis” (which credited the late Otis Redding as a featured artist) eight years ago.
The best actor went to Michael B. Jordan who won the award for the third time around, tying Denzel Washington for the most ‘best actor’ in the category. The ascendant Jordan has bagged the best actor awards in the last five years of his career.
The best movie went to Queen & Slim. And for the record, it is only the second film directed by a woman to bag this category respectively (which was introduced in 2010). Melina Matsoukas oversaw Queen & Slim Ava DuVernay directed Selma, who got the first win last 2015.
The 15-year old co-star of ABC’s black-ish, Marsai Martin, was awarded as the YoungStars award for the second year in a row. She’s the third performer to win for the second time in this category, following Keke Palmer and Yara Shahidi. And for the best international act, Burna Boy won for the second time around. The artist is from Nigeria, as was the 2018 winner, Davido.