BET Awards 2019 Winners List, Plus: The Biggest Moments
The stars were out Sunday night for the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles!
Before the show, “Extra's” Tanika Ray spoke with John, who dished on having more kids with Chrissy Teigen, and his “Voice” family. Watch!
Regina Hall hosted the ceremony, attended by John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, La La Anthony, and many more.
The star-studded show featured feel-good performances by artists like Cardi B and Mary J. Blige, who set the mood for the rest of the evening.
Cardi B and Offset gave a joint performance of “Clout.” She went on to perform her hot new single "Press," which was filled with choreography and a sexy lap dance for her husband.
One of hottest artists, Rihanna, expressed her deep appreciation for the Queen of Hip Hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ri said, “You have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry, and on behalf of all the women [who] came after you — like myself — thank you for being you, so we can feel comfortable being ourselves.”
Blige reminded the audience that the award is bigger than she is, saying, “I'm a servant and I'm here to serve… This journey has always been bigger than me, and my mission is not only just to survive right now, it's to thrive and continue to make history while I do it.”
She definitely made history by surprising everyone – by performing her own tribute! Accompanied by Method Man and Lil' Kim, Blige performed hits like “Just Fine,” “You're All I Need to Get By,” “I'm Goin' Down,” and “No More Drama”... for nearly twenty minutes!
The night also shined a spotlight on an important artist and leader in the community - the late Nipsey Hussle. While fighting back tears, T.I. presented the Humanitarian Award for the rapper, stressing, “He was a leader well beyond his years.”
Nipsey's family accepted the award on his behalf, and his grandmother was taken by the amount of love and support for her grandchild. His girlfriend Lauren London gave thanks to everyone who has shown their support. “The marathon continues again," London said before leaving the stage. His life was remembered in a moving performance by Marsha Ambrosius, YG, DJ Khaled and John Legend.
Tyler Perry also had a powerful message for the audience while accepting the Ultimate Icon Award. Taraji P. Henson introduced him by saying, “You are a brilliant visionary that embodies what the African-American dream truly is.”
Perry could have won an award solely for his compelling acceptance speech, given the reaction of the audience. Onstage, he spoke about helping some of the industry's top African-American talents like Henson, Viola Davis, and Idris Elba get to where they are now. He shared, “They couldn't get jobs in this town. God blessed me to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross.”
He also mentioned the history of Tyler Perry Studios' location, noting, “There were Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million negroes enslaved. Now the land is owned by one negro.”
See the complete list of winners below!
Regina King WINNER
Taraji P. Henson
Michael B. Jordan WINNER
YOUNG STARS AWARD
Marsai Martin WINNER
Michael Rainey Jr.
“If Beale Street Could Talk"
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse"
“The Hate U Give"
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Bruno Mars WINNER
Chloe X Halle
Lil Baby & Gunna
21 Savage Feat. J. Cole, "A Lot "
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, "Please Me"
Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller, "Could've Been"
Travis Scott feat. Drake, "Sicko Mode" WINNER
Tyga Ft. Offset, "Taste"
BEST NEW ARTIST
Lil Baby WINNER
BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Nipsey Hussle WINNER
BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST
Cardi B WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
21 Savage feat. J. Cole, "A Lot"
Cardi B, "Money"
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, "Please Me"
Childish Gambino, "This Is America" WINNER
Drake, "Nice for What"
The Carters, "Apes**t"
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Karena Evans WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Astroworld,” Travis Scott
“Championships,” Meek Mill
“Ella Mai,” Ella Mai
“Everything Is Love,” The Carters
“Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B WINNER
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Serena Williams WINNER
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry WINNER
BET HER AWARD
Alicia Keys, "Raise a Man"
H.E.R., "Hard Place" WINNER
Janelle Monáe, "Pynk"
Queen Naija, "Mama's Hand"
Teyana Taylor, "Rose in Harlem"
BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell, "All of My Life"
Fred Hammond, "Tell Me Where It Hurts"
Kirk Franklin, "Love Theory"
Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen, "Blessing Me Again" WINNER