The 2021 BET Awards opened last night (June 27) under the theme “Year of the Black Woman” in front of a live, vaccinated audience at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Empire star Taraji P. Henson served as the ceremony’s host, giving encouragement and upliftment for all Black women. 

“Look at us. Look around the room. Look at this power. The grace, the class, the edges — we are everything, honey. Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend. It’s a forever mood,” Henson said. “And there is more than enough room for all of us to thrive. ‘Cause can’t nobody be me like me, and can’t nobody be you like you.” 

This year’s ceremony featured the largest number of performances in the show’s history. Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin kicked things  off with “We Win.” Cardi B shook the world announcing her pregnancy with Offset after her collaborations with Migos’s “Straightenin” and “Type Shit.” H.E.R. descended from the heavens playing the drums and an electric guitar while performing “We Made It.” Lil Nas X ended his fiery, iconic performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by kissing with one of his backup dancers. He also served looks with two gender-fluid outfits at the red carpet: a Rococo-inspired gown with side panniers and historical prints and a ‘70s flare suit with floral embroidery.

DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion held the most nominations leading into the show with seven each. Megan walked away with the most awards, four, honored her late mom in her thank-you speech for being the reason she keeps going. 

Three significant honors were also presented. Lauren London honored Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd, with the Shine a Light Award. The late Chadwick Boseman was honored with Best Actor, and Queen Latifah was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her decades-long career in music and entertainment. 

For the full winners list, scroll down below. 

Album of the Year 

WINNER: Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales 

Chloe x Halle: Ungodly Hour 

Nas: King’s Disease 

Megan Thee Stallion: Good News 

DaBaby: Blame It On Baby 

The Weeknd: After Hours 

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist 



Jazmine Sullivan 

Jhené Aiko 

Summer Walker 


Best Male R&B / Pop Artist 

WINNER: Chris Brown 


Anderson .Paak 



The Weeknd 

Best Group 

WINNER: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) 

21 Savage & Metro Boomin 

Chloe x Halle 

Chris Brown & Young Thug 

City Girls 


Best Collaboration 

WINNER: Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” 

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch: “Rockstar 

DJ Khaled ft. Drake: “Popstar” 

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, Lil Wayne: “Whats Poppin (Remix)” 

Megan Thee Stallion ft. DaBaby: “Cry Baby” 

Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby & DaBaby: “For The Night” 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist 

WINNER: Lil Baby 



J. Cole 

Jack Harlow 

Pop Smoke 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 

WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion 

Cardi B 

Coi Leray 

Doja Cat 



Video of the Year 

WINNER: Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” 

Cardi B: “Up” 

Chloe x Halle: “Do It” 

Chris Brown & Young Thug: “Go Crazy” 

Drake ft. Lil Durk: “Laugh Now Cry Later” 

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak): “Leave The Door Open” 

Video Director of the Year 

WINNER: Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard 

Benny Boom 

Cole Bennett 

Colin Tilley 

Dave Meyers 

Hype Williams 

Best New Artist 

WINNER: Giveon 

Coi Leray 

Flo Milli 

Jack Harlow 


Pooh Shiesty 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 

WINNER: Kirk Franklin: “Strong God” 

BeBe Winans: “In Jesus Name” 

Cece Winans: “Never Lost” 

H.E.R.: “Hold Us Together” 

Marvin Sapp: “Thank You For It All” 

Tamela Mann: “Touch From You” 

BET Her Award 

WINNER: SZA: “Good Days” 

Alicia Keys ft. Khalid: “So Done” 

Brandy ft. Chance The Rapper: “Baby Mama” 

Bri Steves: “Anti Queen” 

Chloe x Halle: “Baby Girl” 

Ciara ft. Ester Dean: “Rooted” 

Best International Act 

WINNER: Burna Boy - Nigeria 

Aya Nakamura – France 

Burna Boy – Nigeria 

Diamond Platinumz – Tanzania 

Emicida - Brazil 

Headie One – U.K. 

Wizkid – Nigeria 

Young T & Bugsey – U.K. 

Youssoupha – France 

Viewer's Choice Award 

WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé: “Savage (Remix)” 

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: "WAP" 

Chris Brown & Young Thug: "Go Crazy" 

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch: "Rockstar" 

DJ Khaled ft. Drake: "Popstar" 

Drake ft. Lil Durk: “Laugh Now Cry Later" 

Lil Baby: "The Bigger Picture” 

Silk Sonic: "Leave the Door Open" 

Best Movie 

WINNER: Judas and the Black Messiah 

Coming 2 America 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 

One Night in Miami 


The United States Vs. Billie Holiday 

Best Actress 

WINNER: Andra Day 

Angela Bassett 

Issa Rae 

Jurnee Smollett 

Viola Davis 


Best Actor 

WINNER: Chadwick Boseman 

Aldis Hodge 

Damson Idris 

Daniel Kaluuya 

Eddie Murphy 

Lakeith Stanfield 

Youngstars Award 

WINNER: Marsai Martin 

Alex R. Hibbert 

Ethan Hutchison 

Lonnie Chavis 

Michael Epps 

Storm Reid 

Sportswoman of the Year Award 

WINNER: Naomi Osaka 

A'ja Wilson 

Candace Parker 

Claressa Shields 

Serena Williams 

Skylar Diggins-Smith 

Sportsman of the Year Award 

WINNER: Lebron James 

Kyrie Irving 

Patrick Mahomes 

Russell Westbrook 

Russell Wilson 

Stephen Curry 

Viewer’s Choice: Best International Act 

WINNER: Bree Runway - U.K. 

Arlo Parks – U.K. 

Bramsito – France 

Elaine – South Africa 

MC Dricka – Brazil 

Ronisia – France 

Tems – Nigeria

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