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The annual BET Awards got underway at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 27) with Empire actress Taraji P. Henson acting as host and its first live audience since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The show was billed as the “Year of the Black Woman” in an effort to honor Black women, including Queen Latifah who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” Executive Vice President of Music Programming & Strategy at BET Connie Orlando said in a statement. “We are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.”

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Boasting musical performances from Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Tyler, The Creator, Migos, Method Man, Cardi B and more, the spirited event featured some of rap’s biggest artists.

The evening’s festivities kicked off with Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin, who performed their song “We Win” from the soundtrack of Space Jam: A New Legacy. Migos soon took the stage to perform “Straightenin” and “Type Shit” from their new album Culture III. But everyone’s jaws dropped when Cardi B stepped out on stage revealing a very pregnant belly. 

Check out the winners below.

Album of the Year

Ungodly Hour — Chloe x Halle
King’s Disease — Nas
Heaux Tales — Jazmine Sullivan — WINNER* 
Good News — Megan Thee Stallion
Blame it on Baby — DaBaby
After Hours — The Weeknd

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist

Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist

Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown — WINNER*
The Weeknd

Best Group

21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe X Halle
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic — *WINNER 

Best Collaboration

“WAP” — Cardi B f. Megan Thee Stallion — *WINNER
“ROCKSTAR” — DaBaby f. Roddy Ricch
“Popstar” — DJ Khaled f. Drake
“What’s Poppin (Remix)” — Jack Harlow f. DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne
“Cry Baby” — Megan Thee Stallion f. DaBaby
“For the Night” — Pop Smoke f. Lil Baby and DaBaby

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Lil Baby — WINNER*
Pop Smoke

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER*

Video of the Year

“Up” — Cardi B
“WAP” — Cardi B f. Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER*
“Do It” — Chloe x Halle
“Go Crazy” — Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake f. Lil Durk
“Leave the Door Open” — Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic

Best New Artist

Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Giveon — WINNER *
Jack Harlow
Pooh Shiesty

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award

“In Jesus Name” — Bebe Winans
“Never Lost” — Cece Winans
“Hold Us Together” — H.E.R.
“Strong God” — Kirk Franklin — WINNER*
“Thank You For It All” — Marvin Sapp
“Touch From You” — Tamela Mann

BET Her Award

“So Done” — Alicia Keys f. Khalid
“Baby Mama” — Brandy f. Chance the Rapper
“Anti Queen” — Bri Steves
“Baby Girl” — Chloe x Halle
“Rooted” — Ciara f. Ester Dean
“Good Days” — SZA — WINNER* 

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom
Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard — WINNER*
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams

Viewer’s Choice Award

“WAP” — Cardi B f. Megan Thee Stallion
“Go Crazy” — Chris Brown & Young Thug
“ROCKSTAR” — DaBaby f. Roddy Ricch –
“Popstar” — DJ Khaled f. Drake
“Laugh Now Cry Later” — Drake f. Lil Durk
“The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
“Savage (Remix)” — Megan Thee Stallion f. Beyoncé — *WINNER
“Leave the Door Open” — Silk Sonic