Cardi B, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Migos, Michael B. Jordan, BLACKKKLANSMAN and Childish Gambino Take Top Honors At 2019 “BET Awards”

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and hip hop and soul legend Mary J. Blige

BET Networks honored a powerful and show-stopping lineup of artists, entertainers, cultural icons and inspiring humanitarians across more than 18 categories at the 19th Annual “BET AWARDS.” The ceremony, hosted by actress and comedian Regina Hall, aired live on BET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

This year’s broadcast celebrated the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by some of the biggest names across television, film, and music. The “BET AWARDS,” which has become synonymous with powerful artistry and social commentary, continued to spotlight and celebrate the artists and creators of tomorrow, making the ceremony one of the most news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts year after year.

2019 “BET AWARDS”  Show Highlights Include:

Cardi B. and Offset opened the show with the first-ever televised performance by the notorious couple and set the tone with a sexy, high-energy medley of their newest hit “Clout” and Cardi B’s “Press”, all set against a show-stopping fireworks backdrop.

Regina Hall opened the show as the 2019 BET Awards host with a tribute to her hometown of Washington D.C. with witty commentary and a go-go musical number by  Suga Bear from E.U. and James Funk from Rare Essence.

DaBaby delivered a high energy and dynamic performance of hit single “Suge” accompanied by inflatable giant baby dancers.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus was a standout highlight of the night, bringing the entire audience to their feet with the first-ever televised performance of their current Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Old Town Road.” Riding in on horses at the BET Awards red carpet, the two took the stage showcasing how two genres of music can create one of the top songs of the year.

Breakthrough artist Lizzo emerged atop a giant white cake with a captivating performance of her hit “Truth Hurts” complete with a signature flute solo.

Mustard performed a mist-filled rendition of “Pure Water,” featuring Migos, supported with high-energy dancers, which brought Cardi B to her feet.

Rihanna delivered a heartfelt introduction to Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and hip hop and soul legend Mary J. Blige. The Grammy Award-winning icon took the stage herself with a mashup of some of her greatest award-winning  hits including “My Life,” “No More Drama,” “Real Love,” “I Can Love You” with Lil Kim, “You’re All I Need” with Method Man and finished with the quintessential “Just Fine”.

The “Exonerated Five” received a standing ovation, sharing a powerful message about the value and importance of truth. The five men, formerly known as the “Central Park Five,” introduced H.E.R. and YBN Cordae, who delivered an impassioned performance of “Lord is Coming.”

DJ Khaled had the crowd standing on their feet with “Weather The Storm,” alongside Meek Mill and Jeremih, who delivered a fiery performance of “You Stay.”

Taraji P. Henson presented world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author and her personal friend, Tyler Perry with the Ultimate Icon Award celebrating his cultural impact. During his rousing acceptance speech, Perry encouraged others to “own their way” with an emotional story of the racist history behind his Atlanta studio and his hopes of how understanding history, cultural impact and remembering those before will drive black creative voices.

Prolific artist, activist and luminary, Nipsey Hussle was posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award for his commitment to uniting communities through peace. Accepting the award on his behalf, Nipsey’s family shared emotional memories and thanked his fans and community for their support. John Legend, DJ Khaled and Marsha Ambrosius celebrated Nipsey’s legacy with moving tribute performance of “Real Big” and “Last Time I Checc’d” backdropped by clouds.

John Legend

Presenters included the entertainment industry’s top black actors, artists, and entrepreneurs including T.I., Lena Waithe, Morris Chestnut, Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin, La La Anthony, Larenz Tate, Ayesha Curry, and Anderson Paak.

In addition to all of these must-see moments, the complete list of the 2019 “BET AWARDS” winners is:

          Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
          Beyoncé

          Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
          Bruno Mars   

          Best Group
          Migos 

          Best Collaboration
          Travis Scott feat. Drake – Sicko Mode

          Best Male Hip Hop Artist
          Nipsey Hussle

          Best Female Hip Hop Artist
          Cardi B

          Video of the Year
          Childish Gambino – This Is America

          Video Director of the Year
          Karena Evans            

          Best New Artist
          Lil Baby

          Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
          Snoop Dogg Feat. Rance Allen – Blessing Me Again

          Best Actress
          Regina King               

          Best Actor
          Michael B. Jordan                  

          YoungStars Award
          Marsai Martin 

          Best Movie
          BLACKKKLANSMAN            

          Sportswoman of the Year Award
          Serena Williams

          Sportsman of the Year Award
          Stephen Curry 

          Album of the Year
          Invasion Of Privacy               

          BET Her
          H.E.R. – Hard Place

          Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
          Ella Mai

Select clips for the 2019 “BET AWARDS” will be available at www.bet.com.

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