There were first-time winners in several key categories at the 20th annual BET Awards. Lizzo has been named the best female R & B / pop artist. He beat Beyoncé, who had won 10 times in this category, including the past six consecutive years.
Megan Thee Stallion won the best female hip-hop artist, beating two former winners in the category – Cardi B, who had won in the past two years, and seven-time winner Nicki Minaj.
DaBaby has won the best male hip-hop artist, beating the four-time winner Drake, among others.
Gymnast Simone Biles won the sport of the year for the first time. He beat tennis legend Serena Williams (who had won 12 times in the category, including the past six consecutive years).
Here are other artists who made history at the BET Awards.
Blue Ivy Carter, the eight-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, participated in the BET HER award for “Brown Skin Girl”
Roddy Ricch’s debut album, Please excuse me for being anti-social, won the album of the year. It is the second consecutive year that a debut album has won this award. Last year’s winner was Cardi B. Breach of privacy. Ricch also won the best new artist, despite strong competition from Lil Nas X and Summer Walker.
Chris Brown won the best male R & B / pop artist for the fifth time he hit the record. He beat The Weeknd, which has not yet won in this category. Brown also won the best collaboration for his hit “No Guidance” (with Drake).
Migos won the best group for the fourth time, a record in the category. They had been tied up with OutKast, which he won three times.
Kirk Franklin won Dr. Bobby Jones for the gospel / inspiration award for “Just For Me”, beating Kanye West, among others. This is Franklin’s fourth win in the category, which puts him on a par with Yolanda Adams for the most wins in the history of the category.
DJ Khaled’s “Higher” (with the late Nipsey Hussle and John Legend) won the video of the year. It’s the first collaboration to win in this category since Jay-Z and West’s “Otis” (who credited Otis Redding as a featured artist) eight years ago.
Michael B. Jordan won the best actor for the third time, tying Denzel Washington for the most wins in the history of the category. Ascendant Jordan has won all three of these awards in the past five years. Washington’s most recent victory was in 2008.
The great basketball LeBron James has won the sportsman of the year for the seventh time, which extends his lead as the best winner in that category.
Queen & Slim won the best film. It is only the second film directed by a woman to win in this category (which was presented in 2010). Melina Matsoukas supervised Queen & Slim Directed by Ava DuVernay Selma, the winner of 2015.
Marsai Martin, the 15-year-old co-star of ABC blackish, won the YoungStars award for the second consecutive year. She is the third performer to win twice in this category, after Yara Shahidi and Keke Palmer.
Burna Boy has won the best international act for the second consecutive year. The artist comes from Nigeria, as well as the 2018 winner, Davido.