BET Awards 2019: A list of winners and key moments

The night in Los Angeles belonged to icons in the black community, including the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

BET Awards
John Legend performs during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle [Mike Blake/Reuters]

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts.

But the show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, belonged to the artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. 

Among the key moments was when Hussle, a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles who was shot dead on March 31, posthumously earned the Humanitarian Award.

“Nipsey is such an important part of our community, in particular the fact that he focused on servicing his community, staying in his community, and trying to uplift the community he was a part of,” BET Networks President Scott M Mills said.

“We really wanted to recognise him here in LA,” he added.

The audience also erupted in cheers for media mogul Tyler Perry, who earned the Ultimate Icon Award.

While Childish Gambino, who did not attend the show, won the top prize – Video of the year – for This is America, Beyonce Knowles was named best female R&B/pop artist, and Bruno Mars won best male R&B/pop artist.

Here is the list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards:

  • Video of the year: Childish Gambino (This is America)

  • Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyonce

 Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival [File: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella]
  • Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
 Bruno Mars speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards [File: Kevin Winter/Getty Images]
  • Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B

  • Best male hip-hop artist: Nipsey Hussle

  • Best new artist: Lil Baby

  • Best group: Migos

  • Best collaboration: Travis Scott featuring Drake (Sicko Mode)

Travis Scott
Travis Scott performs on Day 2 of Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park [File: Burak Cingi/Redferns]
  • Album of the year: Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy)

  • Viewers’ choice award: Ella Mai (Trip)

Ella Mai
Ella Mai accepts the Viewers’ choice award [Mike Blake/Reuters]
  • Lifetime achievement award: Mary J Blige

  • Humanitarian award: Nipsey Hussle

  • Ultimate icon award: Tyler Perry

  • Dr Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen (Blessing Me Again)

  • Best actress: Regina King

  • Best actor: Michael B Jordan

Michael B. Jordan
Michael B Jordan attends the European Premiere of Black Panther [File: Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic]
  • Best movie: Blackkklansman

  • Youngstars award: Marsai Martin

  • Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams

Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter-final
Serena Williams of the US reacts during a match against the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova [File: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters]
  • Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during a match against the Minnesota Timberwolves [File: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]
  • BET HER award: H.E.R. (Hard Place)

  • Video director of the year: Karena Evans

Karena Evans
Karena Evans attends the ‘Firecrackers’ photo call during the 14th Zurich Film Festival [File: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images]
  • Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)

  • Best new international act: Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies