2018 BET Awards Winners, Performers and Moments of the Night
Mama, I made it to the BET Awards!
The annual celebration of achievements in the entertainment industry known as the #BETAwards, went down this evening in Los Angeles, California. After almost 10 years, Oscar Award winning actor, #JamieFoxx, returned to host the award show at time when black excellence is taking the world by storm. Foxx started the show by recognizing Marvel’s first black written film, “Black Panther,” for making history as the biggest Marvel movie and third highest grossing movie of all time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We don’t need a president right now because we’ve got a king. King T’Challa make some noise,” Foxx said as the crowd applauded to the presidential shade. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The show proceeded with an opening act from California’s own, #JayRock, who performed his new single “Win,” and set the tone for all the winners of the night. Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and YG also took the stage with their summer banger, “Big Bank.” While other artist such as Ella Mai, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar and Miguel represented for the R&B lovers. Other performers included J. Cole, Migos, Meek Mill, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg and Tye Tribbett. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In addition to awarding this year’s hottest artists, actors and athletes, BET also recognizes the legends who have paved the way for entertainers today. After a lovely serenade from the night’s host, Jamie Foxx and tributes from Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi and Yoland Adams, the lifetime achievement award was presented to Grammy Award winning songstress, Anita Baker. While accepting her award the “Sweet Love” singer encouraged veterans in the music business to look out for the new generations and help to guide them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After serving as BET’s Chairwoman and CEO, Debra Lee announced just a month ago her decision to step down from her positions. To honor her dedication and barriers broken under her run, Lee was rewarded the Ultimate Icon Award. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See below for a complete list of the 2018 BET Award categories and the winners announced at the show. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best Group Award Migos (WINNER) A Tribe Called Quest N.E.R.D. Rae Sremmurd Chloe X Halle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best Collaboration Award Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (WINNER) DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off” Cardi B feat. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” French Montana feat. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best New Artist Award SZA (WINNER) H.E.R. Daniel Caesar GOLDLINK A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” (WINNER) Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade – “Words Are Few” Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind” Marvin Sapp – “Close” Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Best International Act Award Booba (France) Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) Dadju (France) Davido (Nigeria) (WINNER) Distruction Boyz (South Africa) Fally Ipupa (Congo) J Hus (U.K.) Niska (France) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Stefflon Don (U.K.) Stormzy (U.K.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best Actress Award Tiffany Haddish (WINNER) Lupita Nyong’o Issa Rae Angela Bassett Letitia Wright Taraji P. Henson ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best Movie Award “Black Panther” (WINNER) “Girls Trip” “A Wrinkle in Time” “Detroit” “Mudbound” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” (WINNER) Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Drake – “God’s Plan” Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motor Sport” DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”