B.E.T. Awards 2021 Highlights

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Cardi B went 2.0 on us at Sunday’s B.E.T. Awards – as she used her performance with Migos to reveal she’s expecting a second baby with her husband, Offset.

Bard took to the stage in a diamante-studded outfit, with a cut-out section for her baby bump.

The surprise announcement was confirmed immediately afterwards with on her Instagram simply captioned “#2”.

Cardi B & Offset

Cardi won two awards at the ceremony, best video and best collaboration, for W.A.P. – a duet with Megan Thee Stallion.

The B.E.T. (Black Entertainment T.V.) Awards, which celebrate achievements by black artists, had the theme, “Year of the Black Woman” this year.

“Celebrating black women isn’t a fad or a trend; it’s a forever mood,” said host Taraji P Henson as she opened the highly anticipated event.

“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.”

Houston Hottie, Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner, with four prizes, including two for W.A.P.

Winner Meg Thee Stallion

She also picked up the best female hip-hop artist for the second year in a row; the viewer’s choice award for Savage was her collaboration with Beyoncé.

The leggy rapper posed backstage with one of her four trophies.

Iconic rap pioneer Queen Latifah received the lifetime achievement award and emotionally held back her tears as her female rap heavy trailblazers Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte and Monie Love performed a medley of her hits.

While accepting her prize, Latifah thanked B.E.T. for “creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine.

“When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, and there was B.E.T. that allowed us to be in our fullness.”

The Real Queen…Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah also brought a photo of her late mother onto the stage, saying: “I’ve always celebrated women because a strong black woman raised me”.

British singer Bree Runway won the best new international act, while Nigeria’s Burna Boy took the best international act for the third year.

Lil Baby took the best male hip-hop artist, and H.E.R. deservingly won the best female R&B category.

The late great Chadwick Boseman was named best actor, while Judas and the Black Messiah was named best movie.

Lil Nas X wows the crowd

The show had its fair share of viral-worthy moments, from Lil Nas X’s explosive onstage kiss to Tyler, The Creator battling a hurricane and more.

African Giant Burna Boy Wins Big!

Here are some of the best moments from the best awards ceremony celebrating international black culture.

Full list of winners

  • Video of the year: Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
  • Best female R&B/pop artist: H.E.R.
  • Best male R&B/pop artist: Chris Brown
  • Best female hip-hop artist: Megan Thee Stallion
  • Best male hip-hop artist: Lil Baby
  • Best new artist: Giveon
  • Best group: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic
  • Best collaboration: Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
  • Album of the year: Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyoncé – Savage (Remix)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Queen Latifah
  • Best gospel/inspirational Award: Kirk Franklin – Strong God
  • BET HER Award: SZA – Good Day
  • Video director of the year: Bruno Mars and Florent Déchard – Keep the Door Open
  • Best actress: Andra Day
  • Best actor: Chadwick Boseman
  • Best movie: Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Youngstars award: Marsai Martin
  • Sportswoman of the year: Naomi Osaka
  • Sportsman of the year: LeBron James
  • Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Best new international act: Bree Runway (UK)

All photo’s in this article are courtesy of Getty images

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