For 20 years the BET Awards has been celebrating the brightest and most inspiring artists, entertainers, cultural icons and humanitarians and last night, they honoured this year’s winners in the first ever virtual awards.

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The BET Awards 2020 was hosted by actress and comedian Amanda Seales who steered the show, which as expected, didn’t veer far from the social justice and Black empowerment theme.

Using an array of innovative techniques, green screens and dynamic artist-generated performances and packages, viewers could still enjoy a rich and immersive show.

“This year I have the honour of winning this prestigious award, but I will always feel like a winner because as long as you’re winning in life, that’s the only trophy you need. So, we’re all winners ladies.”

Highlights of the show were many. Megan Thee Stallion performed her new single Girls In the Hood along with her hit song Savage. The remix of the song featuring Beyoncé became Megan’s highest-charting song, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Flexing their vocal skills were R&B sweetheart Summer Walker and pop icon Usher, who sang their hearts out while performing multiple songs including Session 32 Come Thru / You Make Me Wanna.

The former First Lady Michelle Obama also made an appearance, presenting Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with the Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama
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Accepting the honour, Beyoncé, dedicated her award to activists and protesters around the country.

She said: “I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”

She also urged viewers to continue to fight against systemic racism by voting.

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
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The ceremony was an extraordinary celebration of Black culture, love, joy, and winning spirit, in spite of circumstances; confirmed by Lizzo in her acceptance speech for winning Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. She said:

“Three years ago, I sat in the audience at the BET Awards and I didn’t win anything. But I still went home and felt like a winner. Last year I performed on stage and I still didn’t win anything, but I still felt like a winner. This year I have the honour of winning this prestigious award, but I will always feel like a winner because as long as you’re winning in life, that’s the only trophy you need. So, we’re all winners ladies.”

Here’s the complete list of winners for The BET AWARDS 2020:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Chris Brown

Best Group


Best Collaboration

Chris Brown Ft. Drake – No Guidance

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Megan Thee Stallion

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Megan Thee Stallion
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Video of The Year

Dj Khaled Ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – Higher

Video Director of The Year

Teyana Spike Tee Taylor

Best New Artist

Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Kirk Franklin – Just For Me

Best Actress

Issa Rae

Best Actor

Michael B. Jordan

Youngstars Award

Marsai Martin

Best Movie

Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of The Year

Simone Biles

Sportsman of The Year

Lebron James

Album of The Year

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (Roddy Ricch)

BET Her Award

Beyoncé Ft. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & Saint Jhn Brown Skin Girl

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

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Burna Boy
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Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act

Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)


All images: Courtesy of BET

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