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BET Awards 2018: Highlights, videos, full list of nominees and winners

Davido BET Awards 2018

The BET Awards held a couple hours ago, and as usual, the yearly event lived up to its billing as the most prestigious awards for black people in the entertainment industry.

Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the ceremony kicked off with Michael B. Jordan getting on stage and reciting the “bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, cause they knew death was better than bondage” line from the Black Panther movie. Later, Foxx invited Childish Gambino on stage thank him for his socially conscious song, “This Is America.”

Rapper Meek Mill debuted a new single titled, “Stay Woke,” which explores inequality in the justice system. This is his first song since being released from prison.

One of the most touching moments of the ceremony was when Tyler Perry presented Anita Baker with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jamie Foxx sang a medley of her greatest hits.

Then the biggest highlight for those of us from Nigeria and Africa was when Davido beat the likes of Stormzy, Booba, Casper Nyovest, etc., to win the Best International Act. He got on the main stage (this is significant because previous winners got their awards ‘behind the scenes’) commiserated with DBanj over his loss (DBanj lost his 13 month old son) and implored cross-collaborations between African and Afro-American acts.

Without further ado, see list of nominees and eventual winners.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award

Beyoncé *WINNER

SZA

H.E.R.

Rihanna

Kehlani

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award

Bruno Mars *WINNER

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Khalid

Daniel Caesar

Best Group Award

Migos *WINNER

A Tribe Called Quest

NER*D

Rae Sremmurd

Chloe x Halle

Best Collaboration Award

Bruno Mars /Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

DJ Khalid /Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” *WINNER

DJ Khalid /Jay-Z, Future & BeyoncĂ© – “Top Off”

Cardi B /21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”

French Montana f/Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

Kendrick Lamar f/Rihanna – “Loyalty”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award

Drake

Kendrick Lamar *WINNER

DJ Khaled

Jay-Z

J.Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award

Cardi B *WINNER

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Dej Loaf

Rapsody

Video of the Year Award

Drake – “God’s Plan” *WINNER

Cardi B – “Bodak Yello”

Bruno Mars /Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

DJ Khaled /Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble” Migos /Drake “Walk It Talk It”

Video Director of the Year Award

Benny Boom

Director X

Ava DuVernay *WINNER

Chris Brown

Dave Meyers

Best New Artist Award

SZA *WINNER

H.E.R.

Daniel Caesar

Gold

LinkA

Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Lecrae / Tory Kelly – “I’ll Find You” *WINNER

Snoop Dogg / B Slade – “Words Are Few”

Ledisi and Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”

Marvin Sapp – “Close”

Tasha Cobbs Leonard f/ Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”

Best Actress Award

Tiffany Haddish *WINNER

Lupita Nyong’o

Issa Rae

Angela Bassett

Letitia Wright

Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor Award

Chadwick Boseman *WINNER

Michael B. Jordan

Donald Glover

Sterling K. Brown

Denzel Washington

Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award

Yara Shahidi *WINNER

Ashton Tyler

Caleb McLaughlin

Lonnie Chavis

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Best Movie Award

“Black Panther” *WINNER

“Girls Trip”

“A Wrinkle in Time”

“Detroit”

“Mudbound”

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Serena Williams *WINNER

Venus Williams

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Candace Parker

Elana Meyers Taylor

Sportsman of the Year Award

Stephen Curry

LeBron James *WINNER

Kevin Durant

Dwyane Wade

Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award

Kendrick Lamar – “Damn” *WINNER

SZA – “Ctrl”

Jay-Z – “4:44”

Migos – “Culture II”

Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists – “Black Panther: The Album”

DJ Khaled – “Grateful”

BET Her Award

Janelle MonĂĄe – “Django Jane”

Lizzo – “Water Me”

Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” *WINNER

Remy Ma f/ Chris Brown – “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”

Chloe x Halle – “The Kids Are Alright”

Leikeli47 – “2nd Fiddle”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

SZA / Travis Scott – “Love Galore”

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” *WINNER

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Migos / Nicki Minaj and Cardi B – “MotorSport”

DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

The Best International Act Award

Booba (FRANCE)

Cassper Nyovest (SA)

Dadju (FRANCE)

Davido (NIGERIA) *WINNER

Distruction Boyz (SA)

Fally Ipupa (DR CONGO)

J Hus (UK)

NISKA (FRANCE)

Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)

Stefflon Don (UK)

Stormzy (UK)

Written by Chidi Okereke

Content creator, Digital Communications guy, Social Media Analyst, Jack of many trades, and master of some.

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