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BET AWARDS’ BEST MOMENTS: CARDI B BABY BUMPS, TARAJI P HENSON HONORS BLACK WOMEN, LIL NAS X LIP LOCKS WITH PRIDE & MORE
Monday, Jun 28, 2021

Last night’s BET Awards were back in action! Hosted by none other than our favorite ‘Cookie’ aka Taraji P. Henson, the awards show—which was completely virtual last year due to the pandemic— bounced back with a bang and the buzz-worthy moments did not disappoint!

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 27: Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage at the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET)

 

Taraji P. Henson aka the Mistress of Ceremonies pulled out all the stops for the 2021 BET Awards’ “Year of the Black Woman” theme. Not only did she give black women a shoutout during her moving monologue but she also honored female icons, i.e., Erykah Badu, with her costume changes.

“Look at us, though. Look around the room. Look at this power. The grace, the class, the edges. We are everything, honey. Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend. It’s a forever mood, okay? And there is more than enough room for all of us to thrive. ‘Cause can’t nobody be me like me. And can’t nobody be you like you. And tonight, I’m giving my sisters their flowers.”

Lil Nas X hit the stage with Pride with a sensual Egyptian-royalty-themed performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”—whose music video ruffled many conservative feathers. Just when we thought Lil Nas X couldn’t push the envelope any further, he sealed the deal with a steamy smooch session with a male dancer, sending shockwaves through social media.

BET gave female rap pioneer Queen Latifah her flowers with the Lifetime Achievement award. In honor of the Queen’s dope discography, fellow female rappers Rapsody, Monie Love, Lil Kim, and MC Lyte hit the stage to perform a medley of “Ladies First” and “U-N-I-T-Y.” Queen Latifah accepted her prestigious award with an inspiring speech that honored and celebrated “strong black women.”

“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn’t get played on the radio and other places; we couldn’t get our videos played. There was BET, that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine. To this night, right now, right here – bless everybody and everyone in the audience for all your support. Black is beautiful. I was raised by strong black women. We can’t live without each other. Celebrate. Celebrate us so together we stand stronger.”

In addition to honoring black icons who have passed away this past year, the memorialized musical tribute to fallen rapper DMX was incredibly somber yet soulfully felt. Fellow lyricists Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, The Lox, and members of the Ruff Ryders performed some of DMX’s greatest hits, i.e,. “Where the Hood At” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” but the most soul-gripping moment was Michael K. Williams’ theatric embodiment of DMX’s “Slippin’.” 

If there was a winner for the most shocking onstage moment, it would go to Cardi B who snagged five awards including Video of the Year and Best Female Hip-hop Artist. The “Bodak Yellow” Bronx bombshell debuted an adorable baby bump while performing alongside Migos and her hubby Offset for Culture III’s “Type S***.” Cardi donned in a crystal-covered catsuit with a cut-out that put her baby bump on full display.

Missed last night’s BET Awards? Don’t fret—below is a full list of winners! Be sure to tune in to Dish Nation to see our hosts’ favorite moments!

Album of the year
After Hours – The Weeknd
Blame It on Baby – DaBaby
Good News – Megan Thee Stallion
Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER
King’s Disease – Nas
Ungodly Hour – Chloe X Halle
Best female R&B / Pop Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R. *WINNER
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko
Summer Walker
SZA
Best male R&B / Pop Artist
6lack
Anderson Paak
Chris Brown *WINNER
Giveon
Tank
The Weeknd
Best Female Hip-hop Artist
Cardi B
Coi Leray
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER
Latto
Saweetie
Best Male Hip-hop Artist
DaBaby
Drake
J. Cole
Jack Harlow
Lil Baby *WINNER
Pop Smoke
Best New Artist
Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Giveon *WINNER
Jack Harlow
Latto
Pooh Shiesty
Best Collaboration
Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP” *WINNER
DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch — “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled featuring Drake — “Popstar”
Jack Harlow featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne — “What’s Poppin (Remix)”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring DaBaby — “Cry Baby”
Pop Smoke featuring Lil Baby & DaBaby — “For the Night”
Best Group
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe X Halle
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Migos
Silk Sonic *WINNER
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Bebe Winans – “In Jesus Name”
CeCe Winans – “Never Lost”
H.E.R. – “Hold Us Together”
Kirk Franklin – “Strong God” *WINNER
Marvin Sapp – “Thank You for It All”
Tamela Mann – “Touch From You”
BET HER Award
Alicia Keys featuring Khalid — “So Done”
Brandy featuring Chance the Rapper — “Baby Mama”
Bri Steves — “Anti Queen”
Chloe X Halle — “Baby Girl”
Ciara featuring Ester Dean — “Rooted”
SZA — “Good Days” *WINNER
Viewer’s Choice Award
Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP”
Chris Brown & Young Thug — “Go Crazy”
DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch — “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled featuring Drake — “Popstar”
Drake featuring Lil Durk — “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Baby — “The Bigger Picture”
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé — “Savage (Remix)” *WINNER
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”
Video of the Year
Cardi B — “Up”
Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP” *WINNER
Chloe X Halle — “Do It”
Chris Brown & Young Thug — “Go Crazy”
Drake featuring Lil Durk — “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Silk Sonic — “Leave the Door Open”
Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard *WINNER
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams
Best International Act
Aya Nakamura (France)
Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Emicida (Brazil)
Headie One (Uk)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Young T & Bugsey (Uk)
Youssoupha (France)
Best Movie
“Coming 2 America”
“Judas and the Black Messiah” *WINNER
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“One Night in Miami”
“Soul”
“The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”
Best Actress
Andra Day *WINNER
Angela Bassett
Issa Rae
Jurnee Smollett
Viola Davis
Zendaya
Best Actor
Aldis Hodge
Chadwick Boseman *WINNER
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya
Eddie Murphy
Lakeith Stanfield

Youngstars Award

 

Alex R. Hibbert
Ethan Hutchison
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin *WINNER
Michael Epps
Storm Reid
Sportswoman of the Year Award
A’ja Wilson
Candace Parker
Claressa Shields
Naomi Osaka *WINNER
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Sportsman of the Year Award
Kyrie Irving
Lebron James *WINNER
Patrick Mahomes
Russell Westbrook
Russell Wilson
Stephen Curry

 

 

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