The 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night with female MCs stealing the show, from sweeping the awards to the “Ladies First” cypher.
Megan Thee Stallion scored wins for Hustler of the Year, Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and a shared Best Collaboration with Beyoncé for their “Savage (Remix),” while Roddy Ricch won Song of the Year and Album of the Year for Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial.
Pop Smoke, who passed earlier this year in February, was posthumously crowned Best New Hip-Hop Artist, while Snoop Dogg presented Master P this year’s “I Am Hip Hop Award.”
Other big wins of the evening included Teyana Taylor, who won Video Director of the Year, Hit-Boy for Producer of the Year, and Rapsody for Lyricist of the Year.
But the biggest moment of the awards was the “Ladies First” cypher, featuring Teyana Taylor, H.E.R., Erykah Badu, and Brandy rapping over the beat for Brandy’s hit “I Wanna Be Down.”
Speaking of dream teams, the City Girls also lit up the stage for their BET Hip-Hop Awards debut, performing “Kitty Talk” (censored from “Pussy Talk”) and “Jobs” off of their second studio album, City on Lock, which dropped back in June.
Dressed in slinky catsuits, Yung Miami and JT transformed the stage into the Amazon jungle, giving one of the best performances of the evening.
“Ladies Night’ wasn’t the only cypher of the show, reggae legend Bounty Killer teamed up with rising stars Skip Marley and Koffee for a reggae cypher.
“We the generation with the knowledge and the hope,” Marley rapped. “We’re gonna change the globe / With everything we know / And bless up to the ancestors for paving the road.”
Given the political climate of this year, the awards also honored the Impact Track of the Year, which Lil Baby took home for “The Bigger Picture,” off his No.1 album, My Turn.
There were also a few surprise guests for the evening including Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, who talked about the need for historically Black colleges and universities “to help us build the shared future we all deserve.”
Closing out the show was BET veterans 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne who performed their recent hit “Money Maker.”
See the full list of winners of the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards below.
Best Hip-Hop Video
Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”
Best Duo Or Group
Chris Brown and Young Thug
Best Live Performer
Lyricist Of The Year
Video Director Of The Year
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor
Producer Of The Year
Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year
Megan Thee Stallion
Song Of The Year
Roddy Ricch – “The Box” (produced by 30 Rock & Datboisqueeze)
Hip-Hop Album Of The Year
Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Hustler Of The Year
Megan Thee Stallion
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”
Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
DJ Of The Year
Best Hip-Hop Platform
The Joe Budden Podcast
Best International Flow