2021 BET Awards: Full List of Winners and Nominees

BET 2021

Anchored by award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, the 21st annual Black Entertainment TV awards was live from the Microsoft Theatre on Sunday June 27. The occasion was themed “Year of the Black Woman.”

“Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend it’s a forever mood,” Henson said, opening up the show. “There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can’t nobody be like me and can’t nobody be you like you.”

Critically acclaimed rapper and actress Queen Latifah received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her “amazing success” throughout her decades-long career. Rappers Lil Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love honoured Latifah with a performance of her songs “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y..” Queen Latifah then gave a speech, expressing her gratitude.

“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine,” Queen Latifah said while accepting her award. “When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness.”

America’s female rap sensation Megan Thee Stallion was tied with fellow hot American rapper DaBaby for the most nominations on the night and took home awards for “Best Female Hip Hop Artist,” “Best Collaboration,” “Viewer’s Choice” and “Video of the Year. Cardi B also made headline at the ceremony, revealing she’s pregnant during her performance. The 28-year-old rapper won the Best Collaboration award alongside Megan with their joint project, “WAP”.

Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion

Rap legend DMX, who died from a heart attack earlier this year, was honoured at the ceremony with a special tribute performance from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz and Michael K. Williams. Andra Day, the City Girls, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Nas X, Kirk Franklin and Migos were among stars who performed at the annual award ceremony.

From the African perspective, Burna Boy beat fellow Nigerian Wizkid, Tanzanian Diamond Platnimz, and five other international acts to the Best International Act Award, making it three consecutive wins since 2019. Receiving his Award, Burna started by pointing out he made it this year to collect his Award, before calling his mother who accompanied him to the ceremony “the most beautiful woman on earth.” He ended his speech by teaching th audience a bit of Nigerian pidgin. Watch the full speech below:

Meanwhile, Nigerian starlet Tems also missed out on landing her first BET statuette with the inaugural Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act award. The award went to Bree Runway of the United Kingdom.

Late American actor Chadwick Boseman beat Daniel Kaluuyah, Eddie Murphy, etc. to the Best Actor award, while “Judas and the Black Messiah” was the best movie at this year’s BET award

Check out the full list of winners below:

Album of the Year

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

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist

  • H.E.R. — Winner
  • Beyoncé
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Jhené Aiko
  • Summer Walker
  • Sza

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist

  • Chris Brown — Winner
  • 6LACK
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Giveon
  • Tank
  • The Weeknd

Best Group

  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic — Winner
  • 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
  • Chloe X Halle
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug 
  • City Girls
  • Migos
Cardi B and Offset
Cardi B and Partner Offset During The 2021 BET Awards Show

Best Collaboration

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

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • Lil Baby — Winner
  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • Jack Harlow
  • Pop Smoke

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • Megan Thee Stallion — Winner
  • Cardi B
  • Coi Leray
  • Doja Cat
  • Latto
  • Saweetie

Video of the Year

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

Video Director of the Year

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

Best New Artist

  • Giveon — Winner
  • Coi Leray
  • Flo Milli
  • Jack Harlow
  • Latto
  • Pooh Shiesty

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award

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

BET Her Award

  • “Good Days” Sza — Winner
  • “So Done” — Alicia Keys ft. Khalid
  • “Baby Mama” — Brandy ft. Chance the Rapper
  • “Anti Queen” — Bri Steves
  • “Baby Girl” — Chloe x Halle
  • “Rooted” — Ciara ft. Ester Dean

Best International Act

  • Burna Boy, Nigeria — Winner
  • Aya Nakamura — France
  • Diamond Platnumz — Tanzania
  • Emicida — Brazil
  • Headie One — United Kingdom
  • Wizkid — Nigeria
  • Young T & Bugsey — United Kingdom
  • Youssopha — France

Viewer’s Choice Award

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

Best Movie

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” — Winner
  • “Coming 2 America”
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • “One Night in Miami”
  • “Soul”
  • “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”

Best Actress

  • Andra Day — Winner
  • Angela Bassett
  • Issa Rae
  • Jurnee Smollett
  • Viola Davis
  • Zendaya

Best Actor

  • Chadwick Boseman — Winner
  • Aldis Hodge
  • Damson Idris
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars Award:

  • Marsai Martin — Winner
  • Alex R. Hibbert
  • Ethan Hutchison
  • Lonnie Chavis
  • Michael Epps
  • Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

  • Naomi Osaka — Winner
  • A’ja Wilson
  • Candace Parker
  • Claressa Shields
  • Serena Williams
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith

Sportsman of the Year Award:

  • Lebron James — Winner
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Russell Wilson
  • Stephen Curry

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

  • Bree Runway, United Kingdom — Winner
  • Arlo Parks — United Kingdom
  • Bramsito — France
  • Elaine — South Africa
  • MC Dricka — Brazil
  • Ronisia — France
  • Tems — Nigeria

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