The 2019 BET Awards premiered June 23, and several fan-favorite artists took home awards. A few popular categories did not air including Best Male R&B Artist, which Bruno Mars took home and Best Male Hip Hop Artist which the late, great Nipsey Hussle won. Here is a complete list of all the 2019 BET Award winners.
2019 BET Award winners that aired
Best New Artist
Yara Shahidi of Blackish fame presented the BET Award to rapper Lil Baby. His single “Drip Too Hard” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. He kept his acceptance speech sweet and short and thanked the fans and his family.
Young Stars Award
Irv Gotti, Justine Skye, and Elijah Kelly, all starring in the upcoming series of the BET show, Tales, presented the award to the 14-year-old actress and executive producer, Marsai Martin. She thanked God and the young black girls who inspire her.
Album of the Year
Singer Anderson Paak presented the BET Award to the winner, Cardi B for Invasion of Privacy. Paak gave the award to Cardi on his knees, and she gave a speech about how even though it seems like she can do never do anything the right, “the numbers don’t lie.” She also thanked everyone who contributed to Invasion of Privacy in any way.
Shine A Light Award
Comedian Amanda Seales presented the activism award to real estate broker Candice Payne for her work in providing shelter for the Chicago homeless during a severe cold snap. BET also contributed $20,000 to Payne for her future endeavors.
Best Gospel Inspirational Award
Minister Al Sharpton presented the BET Award to Snoop Dogg and Rance Allen for “Blessing Me Again.” However, the parties were not there, so Sharpton accepted the award on their behalf.
Best Movie Award
LaLa Anthony and Lorenz Tate, most recently seen in Starz series Power, accepted the award on Spike Lee’s behalf for Black Kkklansman.
Marsai Martin presented Regina King with the award and also accepted it on her behalf.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Rihanna delivered a monologue about Mary J. Blige, and the impact her music had on hip hop and R&B. She thanked Mary for “being you so we could be comfortable being ourselves.” A montage video then played where P. Diddy and record label executive Andre Harrell documented her rise.
Angie Martinez, Nas, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah all participated in the video and explained how raw and authentic Mary’s voice is. Mary accepted the award and thanked her family as well as P. Diddy for believing in her when she didn’t believe in herself.
Best International Act
Ayesha Curry and Ne-Yo presented Africa’s Burna Boy with the BET Award, and “Mama Burna” accepted. She said her son wants everyone to know that all black people are African before they are anything else.
Viewers Choice Award
The Chi’s Jacob Latimore presented the award to singer Ella Mai for her single “Trip.” She thanked BET for “recognizing this little girl ol’ girl from London” and told the audience this is proof of what happens when you let the music do the talking.
Ultimate Icon Award
Taraji P. Henson presented Tyler Perry with this special BET Award, as their friendship goes back several years. She told the crowd that Tyler Perry was the first to pay her what she’s worth when other actresses were making a fraction of what men earned. Cicely Tyson, Opray Winfrey, and Whoopi Goldberg participated in Tyler’s video where they explained how he worked his way from nothing to something while creating jobs and giving back to the black community in the process.
Perry accepted the award and told a story about how he knew he was meant to make people laugh as a way of “helping them cross to the other side” at a young age. He also stressed the importance of showing the black youth that they can be where he is, and would rather be an inspiration as opposed to an icon.
T.I. honored the late Nipsey Hussle for his work in his Los Angeles community. His family accepted the BET Award on his behalf, and his grandmother talked about how surprised she was that so many people loved her grandson. His mother spoke about how she already felt like something was going to happen, and is at peace with the situation.
2019 BET Awards winners that did not air
Video of the Year
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Best New International Act
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Michael B. Jordan
Travis Scott featuring Drake “Sicko Mode”
Video Director of the Year
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman of the Year
BET Her Award
H.E.R. “Hard Place”
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