The 21st annual BET awards took place Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The 2021 BET awards is one of the first major international awards show where audience attended live for the first time since the pandemic began.
The ceremony was hosted by award-winning actress and Empire television series star, Taraji P. Henson, with the theme “Year of the Black Woman.”
“Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend, it’s a forever mood,’’ she said as she opened the show.
“There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can’t nobody be like me and can’t nobody be you like you.”
“Heaux Tales” by Jazmine Sullivan won the album of the year; H.E.R won in the Best Female R&B / Pop Artist category; Chris Brown won the Best Male R&B / Pop Artist award; Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic won the Best group award; “WAP” by Cardi B ft. Megan and Thee Stallion won in the Best collaboration category; Lil Baby won the award for the Best Male Hip Hop Artist; Megan Thee Stallion won the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award; Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard won for Video Director of the Year; Giveon won in the Best New Artist category; “Strong God” by Kirk Franklin won the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award; “Good Days” Sza won in the BET Her Award category; Burna Boy from Nigeria won the Best International Act; Bree Runway from the United Kingdom won the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act award and “Savage (Remix)” by Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé won the Viewer’s Choice Award.
For the Film category, “Judas and the Black Messiah” won best Movie; Andra Day won Best Actress; Chadwick Boseman won in the Best Actor category, and Marsai Martin won the Youngstars Award.
In the sports category, Naomi Osaka won Sportswoman of the Year, while Sportsman of the Year Award was received by Lebron James.
American singer, rapper and actress, Queen Latifah received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her amazing career. She was honored by rappers Lil Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love. They performed two of her songs “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y..”
“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine,” Queen Latifah said while accepting her award.
She said as she further expressed her gratitude by saying, “When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness.”
Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz and Michael K. Williams honoured the late DMX with a special tribute performance.
Artistes who graced the stage at the annual award ceremony include: Andra Day, the City Girls, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Nas X, Kirk Franklin and Migos.