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2021 BET Awards: Complete list of winners and nominees

A live audience attended for the first time since the pandemic began.

The 21st annual BET Awards show was held on Sunday (June 27), at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, where a vaccinated live audience attended since the pandemic began.

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Award-winning actress Taraji Henson hosted the show and the theme for this year’s edition was ‘Year of the Black Woman’. The award show recognizes outstanding Black talents in music, sports, film, and more. Hip-Hop icon Queen Latifah received the Lifetime Achievement BET Award to celebrate her illustrious career. BET also paid tribute to late Rap legend DMX, who passed away in April at the age of 50.


 

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DaBaby and Megan thee Stallion led the pack of contenders with seven nominations each, while Drake and Cardi B got five nominations each. The likes of Anderson Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe x Halle and Chris Brown each scored four nominations.

 

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See the complete list of winners and nominees at the 2021 BET Awards below.

Album of the year

After Hours – The Weeknd

Blame It on Baby – DaBaby

Good News – Megan Thee Stallion

Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER

King’s Disease – Nas

Ungodly Hour – Chloe X Halle

Best female R&B / pop artist

Beyonce

H.E.R. *WINNER

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhene Aiko

Summer Walker

SZA

Best male R&B / pop artist

6lack

Anderson Paak

Chris Brown *WINNER

Giveon

Tank

The Weeknd

Best female hip hop artist

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Doja Cat

Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER

Latto

Saweetie

Best male hip hop artist

DaBaby

Drake

J Cole

Jack Harlow

Lil Baby *WINNER

Pop Smoke

Best new artist

Coi Leray

Flo Milli

Giveon *WINNER

Jack Harlow

Latto

Pooh Shiesty

Best collaboration

Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP *WINNER

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

DJ Khaled featuring Drake – Popstar

Jack Harlow featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne – Whats Poppin (Remix)

Megan Thee Stallion featuring DaBaby – Cry Baby

Pop Smoke featuring Lil Baby & DaBaby – For the Night

 

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Best group

21 Savage & Metro Boomin

Chloe X Halle

Chris Brown & Young Thug

City Girls

Migos

Silk Sonic *WINNER

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award

Bebe Winans – In Jesus Name

CeCe Winans – Never Lost

HER – Hold Us Together

Kirk Franklin – Strong God *WINNER

Marvin Sapp – Thank You for It All

Tamela Mann – Touch From You

BET HER award

Alicia Keys featuring Khalid – So Done

Brandy featuring Chance the Rapper – Baby Mama

Bri Steves – Anti Queen

Chloe X Halle – Baby Girl

Ciara featuring Ester Dean – Rooted

SZA – Good Days *WINNER

Viewer’s choice award

Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP

Chris Brown & Young Thug – Go Crazy

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

DJ Khaled featuring Drake – Popstar

Drake featuring Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce – Savage (Remix) *WINNER

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Video of the year

Cardi B – Up

Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP *WINNER

Chloe X Halle – Do It

Chris Brown & Young Thug – Go Crazy

Drake featuring Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Video director of the year

Benny Boom

Bruno Mars & Florent Dechard *WINNER

Cole Bennett

Colin Tilley

Dave Meyers

Hype Williams

Best international act

Aya Nakamura (France)

Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Emicida (Brazil)

Headie One (United Kingdom)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Young T & Bugsey (United Kingdom)

Youssoupha (France)

Best movie

Coming 2 America

Judas and the Black Messiah *WINNER

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

Aldis Hodge

Chadwick Boseman *WINNER

Damson Idris

Daniel Kaluuya

Eddie Murphy

Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars award

Alex R. Hibbert

Ethan Hutchison

Lonnie Chavis

Marsai Martin *WINNER

Michael Epps

Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the year award

A’ja Wilson

Candace Parker

Claressa Shields

Naomi Osaka *WINNER

Serena Williams

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Sportsman of the year award

Kyrie Irving

Lebron James *WINNER

Patrick Mahomes

Russell Westbrook

Russell Wilson

Stephen Curry


Written by Ralph Okobz

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