BET Awards 2019: biggest winners and unlikely losers (including international acts)

BET Awards 2019: biggest winners and unlikely losers (including international acts)

It is that time of the year to gauge how influential your favourite celebrity was for the past year. It is time to know the individuals that are making milestones in the industry. This year's event was not an ordinary kind of event. BET Awards 2019 was the opportunity for specific artists to receive accolades for their consistency in the industry. You might want to keep up with the highlights of the event.

BET Awards 2019

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The event that took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was hosted by the beautiful and multi-talented actress, Regina Hall. She has set the bar by being the first black woman to win the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) award in January 2019. The vibe and energy that she radiated was warm and brought out the beauty of black celebrities. It was also an emotional event as well, as artists honoured the late Nipsey Hussle, who was also among the BET Awards 2019 winners.

Who performed during the 2019 BET Awards?

BET Awards 2019 performers

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Among those that graced the event and showed their expertise in the performances was Cardi B. She was the first artist to perform during the event. She performed Clout” and “Press” alongside her husband Offset. The energy in her performance was evidence that she did not come to play. To add to it, she had the highest number of nominations. She had a total of seven nominations.

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Besides Cardi B's performance, the epitome of the event was the performances that were made to honour and pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle. Listening to DJ Khaled, John Legend, Marsha Ambrosius, and YG to honour Nipsey triggered a special kind of emotion and vibe. It highlighted how much of influence Nipsey was.

The other BET Awards 2019 performers

These are the artists that had the golden chance to take part in the BET Awards live performance:

  • Cardi B
  • Migos
  • Lil Baby
  • Lizzo
  • Lucky Daye
  • Mustard
  • Meek Mill
  • Fantasia
  • Kiana Lede
  • Lil Nas X

List of BET Awards nominees 2019

This year's BET had the most unordinary moments. The list of BET Awards nominees 2019 was announced in May and left many people puzzled. Among those that shocked many were the new artists that filled the nomination lists.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


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This is the one category that had new faces in the list. These are the artists that were nominated for this category:

  • Teyana Taylor
  • SZA
  • H.E.R
  • Solange
  • Ella Mia
  • Beyonce

The winner for this category was the legendary queen Beyonce.

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

This is another category that had upcoming artists competing for the award alongside the legendary artists. These were the artists that were nominated:

  • Khalid
  • Chris Brown
  • Childish Gambino
  • Anderson Paak
  • John Legend
  • Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars scooped the award for this category. It is not his first time to win the best pop artist award.

Best Group


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This is a category that was so competitive. The nominees were:

  • The Carters
  • Chloe X Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby & Gunna
  • Migos

Migos won the BET Award for the best group category.

Best Collaboration

The Best Collaboration category was among the most competitive categories. These were the artists that were nominated for this category:

  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars — “Please Me”
  • Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin — “I Like It”
  • Tyga Ft. Offset — “Taste”
  • H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller — “Could’ve Been”
  • Travis Scott Ft. Drake — “Sicko Mode”

Travis Scott and Drake won the award for this category.

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

BET Awards 2019 Best Male Hip Hop artist

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This was another category that had very stiff competition. These are the artists that were nominated under the Best male Hip Hop category:

  • Meek Mill
  • Travis Scott
  • Drake
  • 21 Savage
  • J. Cole
  • Nipsey Hussle

The late Nipsey Hussle won the award for this category. It was such an emotional moment watching his family receive the award on his behalf.

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

As usual, this category has always been a stiff one, especially for the rivalry between fans of Nicki Minaj and those of Remmy Ma. This year, the competition became stiffer after Cardi B joined the bandwagon, leaving fans torn in between voting for her or the other two legends. The complete list of nominees for this category had the following artists:

  • Remy Ma
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Kash Doll
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Cardi B

Cardi B won the BET for the best female Hip Hop artist.

Video of the Year

The video of the year had the following artists in the list of nominations:

  • Cardi B & Bruno Mars — “Please Me”
  • Cardi B — “Money”
  • Drake — “Nice for What”
  • 21 Savage — “A Lot Ft. J. Cole”
  • The Carters — “Apes–t”
  • Childish Gambino — “This Is America”

Childish Gambino won the award for this category.

Video Director of the Year

The nominees here were:

  • Hype Williams
  • Colin Tilley
  • Dave Meyers
  • Benny Boom
  • Karena Evans

Karena Evans won the BET for the video director of the year.

Best New Artist

Lil Baby

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The nominees for this category were:

  • City Girls
  • Queen Naija
  • Juice Wrld
  • Blueface
  • Lil Baby

Lil Baby won the award for this category.

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

This was another competitive category with the following nominees:

  • Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin — “Never Alone”
  • Fred Hammond — “Tell Me Where It Hurts”
  • Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell — “All of My Life”
  • Kirk Franklin — “Love Theory”
  • Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen — “Blessing Me Again”

Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen — “Blessing Me Again” won the award for this category.

Best International Act

Burna Boy

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This is one of the most hyped categories that stirred many debates after big names like Casper Nyovest were missing in the list of nominations. Another artist that wasn't in the list of nominees and left most people wondering is Nigeria's Davido. South Africa was lucky enough to be represented by AKA. The list of nominees for this category included the following artists:

  • Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
  • AKA (South Africa)
  • Giggs (UK)
  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • Dosseh (France)
  • Dave (UK)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Amid the stiff competition, Burna Boy bagged the prize. He was, however, not present during the event. His mother collected the award on his behalf.

Best New International Act

These were the nominees for the Best New International Act females category:

  • Teni (Nigeria)
  • Headie One (UK)
  • Octavian (UK)
  • Nesly (France)
  • Jok'Air (France)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Amid the tough competition, South Africa's Huku artist; Sho Madjozi, was declared the BET Awards winner for the Best New International Act for the females' category.

Best Actress

The best actress category was one of the categories with the stiffest competition. If you are a fan of Hollywood movies, you must have been spoiled for choices on whom to give your BET Awards vote. These are the celebrities that made it to the nominations:

  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Regina Hall
  • Taraji .P. Henson
  • Issa Rae
  • Viola Davis
  • Regina King

It looks like 2019 was Regina King's year. Barely six months after winning an Oscars for the best-supporting-actress category, she scooped the 2019 BET for best actress category.

Best Actor

Stiff competition is what this category insinuated. These were the actors that were nominated:

  • Omari Hardwick
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Denzel Washington
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Michael B. Jordan

Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan scooped the award for this category.

YoungStars Award

Marsai Martin

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The young celebrities that were nominated for this award were:

  • Miles Brown
  • Caleb Mclaughlin
  • Michael Rainey Jr.
  • Lyric Ross
  • Marsai Martin

The winner of the YoungStars Award was Marsai Martin who pulls a role in Blackish.

Best Movie

The movies that were up competing for this category were:

  • The Hate U Give
  • If Beale Street Could Talk]
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Creed 2
  • Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman scooped the award for this category.

Sportswoman of the Year

For this category, the competitors were:

  • Candace Parker
  • Simone Biles
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Allyson Felix
  • Serena Williams

Serena Williams won the prize for this category.

Sportsman of the Year

The nominees here were:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Kevin Durant
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Lebron James
  • Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry scooped the award for this category.

Album of the Year

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The Album of the Year category for BET Awards 2019 was another tough category. The nominees were:

  • The Carters — Everything Is Love
  • Travis Scott — Astroworld
  • Ella Mai — Ella Mai
  • Meek Mill — Championships
  • Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B is the first female artist to win the BET Album of the year award.

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

The nominees here were:

  • Travis Scott Ft. Drake — “Sicko Mode”
  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin — “I Like It”
  • J. Cole — “Middle Child”
  • Drake — “In My Feelings”
  • Childish Gambino — “This Is America”
  • Ella Mai — “Trip”

Ella Mai — “Trip” scooped this prize.

BET Honorees

Apart from the BET Awards 2019 nominees, another highlight was that of the honorees. These were the celebrities that received honorees.

Tyler Perry

The philanthropist and media mogul was awarded the Icon Award. After receiving the award, he gave a humbling speech about being the bridge to other people's success. He winded up by saying that, 'helping someone cross' and reach out their dream is the ultimate show of love.

Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle

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The late Nipsey Hussle bagged the 2019 Humanitarian Award 2019. His family went up to receive the award on his behalf. It was the most emotional moment, especially listening to his mother to give her speech about her son. Her voice spoke a language of love and bore no revenge. The family of the late spoke so fondly about their late son. They also honoured him for speaking a positive vibe through his music. They said the late's mantra, "The marathon continues."

Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige won the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Chakabars, who is an activist and the co-founder of I Heart Africa, bagged the coveted Global Good Award.

It is such an honour to watch the black community appreciate the talent and efforts that most of the celebrities are putting in to build Black Entertainment. The BET Awards 2019 is the highlight of success and efforts that celebrities have put in to ensure that the entertainment is where it is. Africa was honoured to have been represented and bagged some of the biggest awards.



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