Megan Thee Stallion was the top winner at the 2021 BET Awards last night. She took best female hip hop artist; video of the year for “WAP,” her steamy collab with Cardi B; and the viewer’s choice award for “Savage,” her collab with Beyoncé.
Jazmine Sullivan took album of the year for "Heaux Tales",her first studio album in six years. It’s the first R&B (as opposed to rap) album to win in this category since Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" (the inaugural winner in the category) four years ago.
Lil Baby took best male hip hop artist for the first time. He beat, among others, last year’s winner in the category, DaBaby, and four-time category champ Drake.
H.E.R. took best female R&B/pop artist for the first time, beating, among others, Beyoncé, a 10-time winner in the category. H.E.R. has had a historic year at top-tier awards shows. She and her collaborators D’Mile and Tiara Thomas became the first songwriters in 35 years to win the Oscar for best original song and the Grammy for song of the year in the same year, but with different songs. Lionel Richie achieved the feat in 1986.
Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, took best group on the strength of their retro soul smash “Leave the Door Open,” a No. 1 hit on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
Giveon won best new artist.
SZA took the BET HER Award for “Good Days.”
Burna Boy, the Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer, took best international act for the third year in a row.
Bree Runway(the first name is short for Brenda), an English singer, rapper and songwriter, won best new international act.
Andra Day won for best actress for the first time on the strength of her Oscar-nominated performance in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday". Day beat, among others, Viola Davis, who was also Oscar-nominated this year for best actress for her role in "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom".
Queen Latifah was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Source: Variety, Billboard.
Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET.