Nipsey Hussle, Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi win BET Awards
The 2019 BET Awards kicked off with a performance by Cardi B, who came into the night leading with 7 nominations and, not surprisingly, picked up the award for album of the year for her “Invasion of Privacy.” Other top nominees included Drake with 5, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai also received multiple nominations. The show, which is in its 19th year, aired live from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater .
The BET Awards recognize winners across 20 categories in a “celebration of black culture.” Connie Orlando serves as executive producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
Picking up the first award from best new artist, Lil Baby told Variety, “It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even believe it.”
Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle who was killed in March this year, was one of the big winners at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards over the weekend.
Nipsey, who was shot dead in March at the age of 33, won the awards for Best Male Hip-Hop artist, and the Humanitarian award.
“Nipsey is such an important part of our community, in particular the fact that he focused on servicing his community, staying in his community, and trying to uplift the community he was a part of,” BET Networks President Scott M Mills said.
Burna Boy (Nigeria) was named the winner of the Best International Act Award. The ‘On the Low’ hitmaker competed against AKA (South Africa), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Aya Nakamura (Mali/France), Dave (UK), Giggs (UK) and Dosseh (France).
South African artist Sho Madjozi triumphed in the Best New International Act category against Teniola Apata (Nigeria), Headie (UK), Octovian (UK), Jokair (France) and Nesly (France).
“Limpopo Champions League we did it,” Sho Madjozi wrote on Facebook. “Thank you so much for voting for me.”
US artist Cardi B took home the Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Album of the Year awards. Other winners Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, Lil Baby, Migos, Travis Scott and Drake.
The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
The other winners on the glamorous night held in Los Angeles on Sunday night includes:
Below is the full list of winners:
Album of the Year
Travis Scott, “Astroworld”
Meek Mill, “Championships”
Ella Mai, “Ella Mai”
The Carters, “Everything Is Love”
* Cardi B, “Invasion Of Privacy”
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
* Bruno Mars
Chloe X Halle
Lil Baby & Gunna
21 Savage Ft. J. Cole “A Lot”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars “Please Me”
Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller “Could’ve Been”
* Travis Scott Ft. Drake “Sicko Mode”
Tyga Ft. Offset “Taste”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
* Nipsey Hussle
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
* Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion
Video Of The Year
21 Savage “A Lot Ft. J. Cole”
Cardi B “Money”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars “Please Me”
* Childish Gambino “This Is America”
Drake “Nice For What”
The Carters “Apes**T”
Video Director of the Year
* Karena Evans
Best New Artist
* Lil Baby
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell “All Of My Life”
Fred Hammond “Tell Me Where It Hurts”
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
* Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen “Blessing Me Again”
Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone”
Best International Act
Aka (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
* Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act
Headie One (Uk)
* ShoMadjozi (South Africa)
* Regina King
Taraji P. Henson
* Michael B. Jordan
Young Stars Award
* Marsai Martin
Michael Rainey Jr.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
The Hate U Give
Sportswoman of the Year
* Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year
Odell Beckham Jr.
* Stephen Curry
2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Childish Gambino “This Is America”
Drake “In My Feelings”
* Ella Mai “Trip”
J. Cole “Middle Child”
Travis Scott Ft. Drake “Sicko Mode”
BET Her Award
Alicia Keys “Raise A Man”
Ciara “Level Up”
* H.E.R. “Hard Place”
Janelle Monáe “Pynk”
Queen Naija “Mama’s Hand”
Teyana Taylor “Rose In Harlem”