The 2020 BET Awards too place last night. Unlike last year’s event which came from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, the ceremony took place virtually, with Insecure actress and comedian Amanda Seales hosting. With the emphasis on African American achievements in music, film and sports, this year marked the award show’s 20th anniversary, as well as the 40th anniversary of the BET network.
Migos, DaBaby and Teyana Taylor were among the winners, with Migos winning Best Group, DaBaby winning Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Teyana Taylor scooping Video Director of The Year.
Elsewhere, Roddy Ricch took home the award for Album of the Year (Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial), Megan Thee Stallion was crowned Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and Lizzo was honored with the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist accolade. Beyoncé was honored with the annual Humanitarian Award in recognition of her ongoing philanthropic efforts, and Wayne Brady paid tribute to the late Little Richard.
Public Enemy recreated their classic ‘Fight the Power’ video with footage from the George Floyd Protests to open the 2020 BET Awards. The iconic rap group were joined by a star-studded line-up of artists to help update the song with timely verses.
Chuck D and Flavor Flav reunited for the show, acting as a liaison between the additional verses on the song. Nas, Rapsody, YG, the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove and Jahi from Public Enemy Radio are among the stellar crew of legends and newcomers to add new lyrics pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lil Wayne, meanwhile, paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by performing his 2009 song ‘Kobe Bryant’. Bryant explained the backstory of the song in 2019 during an appearance on Alex Rodriguez and Big Cat’s podcast ‘The Corp’, saying Lil Wayne contacted him after Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, when Bryant scored 35 points and added 10 assists to close out the series.
Also performing at the 2020 BET Awards were Alicia Keys, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, Jay Rock, Jennifer Hudson, Questlove, Nas, Usher, YG, and many more.
The full list of winners at the 2020 BET Awards is as follows:
Album of the Year: Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Lizzo
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown
Best Group: Migos
Best Collaboration: Chris Brown [Ft. Drake] – ‘No Guidance’
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: DaBaby
Video of the Year: DJ Khaled [Ft. Nipsey Hussle, John Legend] – ‘Higher’
Video Director of the Year: Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor
Best New Artist: Roddy Ricch
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Kirk Franklin – ‘Just for Me’
Best International Act: Burna Boy
Best New International Act: Sha
Best Actress: Issa Rae
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Young Stars Award: Marsai Martin
Best Movie: Queen & Slim
Sportswoman of the Year: Simone Biles
Sportsman of the Year: LeBron James
2020 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Megan Thee Stallion [Ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign] – ‘Hot Girl Summer’
BET Her Award: Beyonce [Ft. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint Jhn] – ‘Brown Skin Girl’