BET honored the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B, gospel and entertainment at the 2019 BET Awards, which aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last night (June 23rd). Cardi B opened the show with her husband, Offset, and they reenacted the video for their record, “Clout.”
Meanwhile, actress Regina Hall commandeered the microphone and provided jokes, stunning outfit changes, a Beyoncé-inspired intro skit and even a Go-Go music-assisted dance number.
The late Nipsey Hussle posthumously received one of the top honors of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The rapper, who was murdered on March 31st outside of his Marathon Clothing store, was honored by T.I., while the award was accepted on his behalf by his family, including his grandmother, girlfriend, Lauren London and his mother. A medley tribute was later performed by Marsha Ambrosius, YG, DJ Khaled and John Legend.
The BET Awards also honored Mary J. Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tyler Perry received the Ultimate Icon Award.
Other artists to receive awards included Cardi B, who won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy and Lil Baby, who won Best New Artist.
Video of the Year: Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bruno Mars
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Cardi B
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Nipsey Hussle
Best New Artist: Lil Baby
Best Group: Migos
Best Collaboration: Travis Scott featuring Drake, "Sicko Mode"
Album of the Year: Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Viewers' Choice Award: Ella Mai, "Trip"
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary J. Blige
Humanitarian Award: Nipsey Hussle
Ultimate Icon Award: Tyler Perry
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, "Blessing Me Again"
Best Actress: Regina King
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Best Movie: Blackkklansman
Youngstars Award: Marsai Martin
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
BET HER Award: H.E.R., "Hard Place"
Video Director of the Year: Karena Evans
Best International Act: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Best New International Act: Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Regina Hall didn’t disappoint with opening monologue, which was a parody on Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” Netflix documentary. Focused on Washington, D.C., where she is from, Hall made sure to represent her hometown because as she said in the skit, “Washington is a big deal.” Following the skit, she entered the stage and greeted by a Go-Go band and , similar to Bey’s Coachella performance. Hall was joined by Sugar Bear from E.U. who performed “Da Butt,” James Funk from Rare Essence and Taraji P. Henson, who is also from D.C. They concluded the introductory performance by showing support for the #DontMuteDC protest, which was an effort to restore Go-Go music on a D.C. street corner.
50 Cent made a quick appearance video a short video clip, which aired while Regina was hosting, telling her that she owes him money and can pay via Venmo or Cash App.
Regina Hall also did a skit on gentrification in D.C. She reminisced on D.C.’s 14th Street and what it used to be like. She even made a joke about women getting in “cardio” at night and the commercial strip being the first “24 hour fitness.” She later touched on the White House, and when it used to be black. However, she ended saying that we taking country music tonight, before introducing Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ performance of "Old Town Road."
The Exonerated 5 introduced H.E.R.’s performance of “The Lord Is Coming” with YBN Cordae.
Regina Hall was defeated by Regina King for the award for Best Actress. She then refused to announce the next performance, which was Migos and Mustard. She told BET to go to Beale Street "and get the b*tch who won" to announce performance, before throwing mic on the ground and storming out.
Taraji P. Henson honored Tyler Perry with the Ultimate Icon Award, and while introducing him, she said, "In a time when my counterparts were making way more money than I was, Tyler Perry was the first to pay me my exact worth." Perry spoke of ownership during his speech, saying, "Tyler Perry also gave an inspirationally riveting speech on ownership as received the award for Ultimate Icon. He said, “It’s all about trying to help somebody cross. While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.’ Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies."
H.E.R. and YBN Cordae performed a special tribute to Sudan with their duet, “The Lord Is Coming,” from the singer’s Used to Know Her: Part 2 EP.
Ella Mai threw a bit of shade during her acceptance speech for Viewers Choice Award for “Trip,” saying, “This is proof that you let the music do the talking.”
Mary J. Blige performed a series of hits and was joined by Lil Kim and Method Man.
Morris Chestnut and Damson Idris paid tribute to John Singleton, who died due to complications from a stroke on April 28th.
The BET Awards kicked thins off on level 1,000 with Offset and Cardi B opening up the show with “Clout.” Cardi then performed “Pressed” on a stage full dancers wearing green and pink ensembles.
South Carolina’s own, DaBaby, made his BET Awards debut and performed his single, “Suge.”
Fantasia performed her new single, “Enough.”
Newcomer Lucky Daye performed “Roll Some Mo.”
Lizzo performed “Truth Hurts” atop a wedding cake wearing an all white ensemble. Mid-performance she played the flute and gave Mariah Carey-esque vocals.
Lil Nas X brought Country music and cowboys to the BET Awards stage and performed “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.
City Girls performed “Act Up,” then QC label mate, Lil Baby, performed “Close Friends” and “Pure Cocaine.”
Migos performed their Mustard-assisted record, “Pure Water.”
H.E.R. showed off her musicianship, playing a cellos and reciting spoken word before transitioning to her performance of “The Lord Is Coming” with YBN Cordae.
Mary J. Blige performed a medley of hits to commemorate her Lifetime Achievement Award. She sang “My Life,” “No More Drama,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” “Real Love,” “Reminisce,” “You Remind Me,” “Be Happy,” “Love No Limit,” “I Can Love You” featuring Lil Kim, “You’re All I Need” featuring Method Man and “Just Fine.”
DJ Khaled performed “Weather The Storm” with Meek Mill and “You Stay” with Meek Mill, Jeremih and Lil Baby.
Kiana Ledé performed “Ex.”
Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price performed “Love Theory.”
Nipsey Hussle received a memorial tribute. Marsha Ambrosius performed their duet, “Real Big.” YG followed up with, “Last Time That I Checc’d” and DJ Khaled and John Legend closed out the show with their record, “Higher.”
Ciara absolutely takes the crown for best dressed. She did no wrong in her red Jean Paul Gualtier dress, with her wet bob look.
Cardi B, oh Cardi B. Her green custom Nicolas Jebran grown was STUNNING. We Stan, do you?
Marsai Martin looked amazing and age appropriate in her gold Romona Keveza dress.
While we didn't see Rihanna on the carpet, her all-leather situation while honoring Mary J. Blige was an absolutely LOOK.
We don’t hate Ella Mai’s neon green look, but it also doesn’t make us jump for joy.
Ayesha Curry’s black Balmain mini dress gave dinner with the girls, not BET Awards slay.
Justine Skye, two words: Swimsuit Coverup!
Lil Kim, we don’t have any words. Only questions that will likely go unanswered.
Saweetie, what happened here? This fit screams “just kiddddding!”