The 2020 BET Awards Shine a Beautiful Light on the Black Experience

The 2020 BET Awards took on a look that fit with the times. Not only am I talking about the show being 100% virtual amidst this global pandemic, but you couldn't go without noticing the theme of equality, inclusivity, and Black Lives Matter! Hosted by comedian and activist, Amanda Seales...the night was full of highlights! Everything from the host's 13 outfit changes, to jaw-dropping performances by Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama presented Beyoncé with the Humanitarian Award, Lil Wayne gave an amazing tribute to the late LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, and the fact that it was simulcast on CBS and BET Her provided an amazing opportunity for millions to see and support the culture. Here are some of my favorite moments and the full winners list!

Read on for a list of this year’s nominees. Winners appear bold and in red.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Lizzo —Cuz I Love You

Megan Thee Stallion— Fever

Beyoncé — Homecoming: The Live Album

H.E.R. —I Used to Know Her

DaBaby —Kirk

Roddy Ricch —Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (WINNER!)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”

DaBaby – “Bop”

DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher” (WINNER!)

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”

DaBaby – “Bop”

Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer” (WINNER!)

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

The Weeknd – “Heartless”

BEST COLLABORATION

Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance” (WINNER!)

DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”

Future featuring Drake – “Life is Good”

H.E.R. featuring YG – “Slide”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign– “Hot Girl Summer”

Wale featuring Jeremih – “On Chill”

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyoncé

H.E.R.

Jhene Aiko

Kehlani

Lizzo (WINNER!)

Summer Walker

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Anderson Paak

Chris Brown (WINNER!)

Jacquees

Khalid

The Weeknd

Usher

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Lizzo

Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER!)

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

DaBaby (WINNER!)

Drake

Future

Lil Baby

Roddy Ricch

Travis Scott

BEST GROUP

Chloe x Halle

City Girls

EarthGang

Griselda

Jackboys

Migos (WINNER!)

BEST NEW ARTIST

DaniLeigh

Lil Nas X

Pop Smoke

Roddy Ricch (WINNER!)

Summer Walker

YBN Cordae

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Fred Hammond – “Alright”

John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez – “I Made It Out”

Kanye West – “Follow God”

Kirk Franklin – “Just for Me” (WINNER!)

PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary – “All In His Plan”

The Clark Sisters – “Victory”

BET HER AWARD

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”

Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn – “Brown Skin Girl” (WINNER!)

Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La – “Melanin”

Layton Greene – “I Choose”

Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott – “Tempo”

Rapsody featuring PJ Morgan – “Afeni”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Benny Boom

Cole Bennett

Dave Meyers

Director X

Eif Rivera

Teyana “Spike Lee” Taylor (WINNER!)

BEST MOVIE

Bad Boys for Life

Dolemite Is My Name

Harriet

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

Just Mercy

Queen & Slim(WINNER!)

The Lion King

BEST ACTRESS

Angela Bassett

Cynthia Erivo

Issa Rae (WINNER!)

Regina King

Tracee Ellis Ross

Zendaya

Jennifer Lopez

BEST ACTOR

Billy Porter

Eddie Murphy

Forest Whitaker

Jamie Foxx

Michael B. Jordan (WINNER!)

Omari Hardwick

Will Smith

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Alex Hibbert

Asante Blackk

Jahi Di’Allo Winston

Marsai Martin (WINNER!)

Miles Brown

Storm Reid

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Ajeé Wilson

Claressa Shields

Coco Gauff

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams

Simone Biles (WINNER!)

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James (WINNER!)

Odell Beckham Jr.

Patrick Mahomes II

Stephen Curry

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Burna Boy (Nigeria) (WINNER!)

Innoss’B (DRC)

Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Dave (UK)

Stormzy (UK)

Ninho (France)

S.Pri Noir (France)

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

Rema (Nigeria)

Sha Sha (Zimbabwe) (WINNER!)

Celeste (UK)

Young T & Bugsey (UK)

Hatik (France)

Stacy (France)

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