BET Awards 2021: Complete List of Winners, Nominees, Theme and Performances

BET Awards 2021: Complete List of Winners, Nominees

The 21st annual BET awards took place Sunday, June 27th, honoring Black Americans in the entertainment field. The 2021 edition of the award ceremony with the theme "Year of the Black Woman" honored singers, musicians, TV personalities and people from other industries.

Critically acclaimed rapper and actress Queen Latifah has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement award for her outstanding decades-long career while celebrities such as rapper Cardi B stole with rocking performances on stage. Her song "WAP" won the "Video of the Year" award.

The star-studded night was hosted by award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A live audience attended the 21st BET Awards for the first time since the pandemic had started.

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"Celebrating Black women isn't a fad or a trend it's a forever mood," Henson said, at the starting of the award ceremony adding: "There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can't nobody be like me and can't nobody be you like you." Legendary rapper DMX, who died after suffering a heart attack earlier this year, was honored with a special tribute performance from Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Method Man and Michael K. Williams at the BET award ceremony.

Performances At BET Awards 2021

MC Lyte, Rapsody, Monie Love and Lil' Kim celebrated Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Queen Latifah with covers of her iconic songs "Just Another Day...," "Ladies First" and "U.N.I.T.Y." Rap duo City Girls also lit the stage with rocking performance on their single "Twerkulator" at the BET Awards 2021 while Singer Tone Stith performed his song "FWM" and gay rapper Lil Nas X performed his single "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)" from the BET Amplified Music stage on Sunday at the award ceremony.

BET Awards 2021 Winners List

Album of the Year: Jazmine Sullivan - "Heaux Tales"

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist: Beyoncé - "H.E.R."

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist: Chris Brown

Best Group: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration: "WAP" Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Lil Baby

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year: "WAP" Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Video Director of the Year: Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard

Best New Artist: Giveon

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award: "Strong God" — Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award: "Good Days" Sza

Best International Act: Burna Boy, Nigeria

Viewer's Choice Award": "Savage (Remix)" Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé

Best Movie: "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Best Actress: Andra Day

Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman

Youngstars Award: Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the Year Award: Naomi Osaka

Sportsman of the Year Award: Lebron James

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act: Bree Runway, United Kingdom

BET Awards 2021 Nominees

Album of the Year

Jazmine Sullivan - "Heaux Tales"
Chloe x Halle - "Ungodly Hour"
DaBaby - "Blame it on Baby"
The Weeknd - "After Hours"
Nas - "King's Disease"
Megan Thee Stallion - "Good News"

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist

Summer Walker
Jazmine Sullivan
Jhené Aiko

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist

Anderson Paak
The Weeknd

Best Group

21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chloe X Halle
City Girls
Chris Brown & Young Thug

Best Collaboration

"Rockstar" — DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
"Popstar" — DJ Khaled ft. Drake
"Cry Baby" — Megan Thee Stallion ft. DaBaby
"For the Night" — Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby and DaBaby
"What's Poppin (Remix)" — Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Jack Harlow
Pop Smoke
J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B
Coi Leray
Doja Cat

Video of the Year

"Up" - Cardi B
"Do It" - Chloe x Halle
"Laugh Now Cry Later" - Drake ft. Lil Durk
"Leave the Door Open" - Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic
"Go Crazy" - Chris Brown and Young Thug

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams
Colin Tilley

BET Her Award

"So Done" - Alicia Keys ft. Khalid
"Anti Queen" - Bri Steves
"Baby Girl" - Chloe x Halle
"Baby Mama" - Brandy ft. Chance the Rapper
"Rooted" - Ciara ft. Ester Dean

Best New Artist

Coi Leray
Flo Milli
Pooh Shiesty
Jack Harlow

Best International Act

Aya Nakamura - France
Diamond Platnumz - Tanzania
Young T & Bugsey - United Kingdom
Youssopha - France
Emicida - Brazil
Headie One - United Kingdom
Wizkid - Nigeria

Viewer's Choice Award

"WAP" – Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
"Popstar" – DJ Khaled ft. Drake
"Laugh Now Cry Later" – Drake ft. Lil Durk
"The Bigger Picture" – Lil Baby
"Go Crazy" – Chris Brown & Young Thug
"Rockstar" – DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
"Leave the Door Open" – Silk Sonic

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel / Inspirational Award

"In Jesus Name" - Bebe Winans
"Thank You For It All" - Marvin Sapp
"Touch From You" - Tamela Mann
"Never Lost" - Cece Winans
"Hold Us Together" - H.E.R.

Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Jurnee Smollett
Viola Davis
Issa Rae

Best Actor

Aldis Hodge
Eddie Murphy
Lakeith Stanfield
Damson Idris
Daniel Kaluuya

Best Movie

"Coming 2 America"
"The United States Vs. Billie Holiday"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"One Night in Miami"

Youngstars Award

Lonnie Chavis
Alex R. Hibbert
Ethan Hutchison
Storm Reid
Michael Epps

Sportswoman of the Year Award

A'ja Wilson
Candace Parker
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Claressa Shields
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year Award

Kyrie Irving
Russell Wilson
Stephen Curry
Patrick Mahomes
Russell Westbrook

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act

Bramsito - France
Arlo Parks - United Kingdom
MC Dricka - Brazil
Ronisia - France
Elaine - South Africa
Tems - Nigeria