Airing remotely, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of BET, Sunday’s 2020 BET Awards ceremony was far from a typical awards show.
It did, nonetheless, include the two fundamental elements of a music awards ceremony: stellar performances and trophy reveals.
The performer list included names like Nas, Kane Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Chloe X Halle, Summer Walker, DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Alicia Keys, Usher, and more.
The six major artist awards, meanwhile, went to Chris Brown (Male R&B/Pop), Lizzo (Female R&B/Pop), Migos (Group), DaBaby (Male Hip-Hop), Megan Thee Stallion (Female Hip-Hop), Roddy Ricch (New Artist). Burna Boy and Sha Sha also won artist trophies, in their case for International Act and New International Act, respectively.
Other notable winners included LeBron James, Issa Rae, Michael B. Jordan, Kirk Franklin, and more. The complete winners list follows (courtesy of BET):
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE – “NO GUIDANCE”
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
MEGAN THEE STALLION
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND – “HIGHER”
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR
BEST NEW ARTIST
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
KIRK FRANKLIN – “JUST FOR ME”
MICHAEL B. JORDAN
QUEEN & SLIM
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL (RODDY RICCH)
BET HER AWARD
BEYONCÉ FT. BLUE IVY CARTER, WIZKID & SAINT JHN “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)
VIEWERS’ CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT
SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)