BET Awards 2020: All Nominees and Winners of Major Categories

In a field filled with talent, there were some tough choices this year. Here are the BET Awards 2020 nominees and winners of the major categories.

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BET Awards 2020 winners of in major categories. PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

The BET Awards 2020 went virtual this year, providing a polished and powerful experience despite the zooming projection. The BET Awards 2020 honoured black excellence in the entertainment world, with awards in the categories of humanitarian work, athletic achievement and artistic achievement. 

  • In her acceptance speech, Beyonce sent a strong message to black Americans
  • Beyonce winning the humanitarian award for her work
  • The BET Awards 2020 went virtual this year
  • The 2020 BET Awards honoured black excellence in the entertainment world
  • What do the BET awards mean?
  • The BET Awards 2020 nominees and winners of the major categories

The award show also demonstrated that the revolution would be televised at this time.

Beyonce won the humanitarian award

One of the highlights of the night was Beyonce winning the award for honouring her humanitarian work. Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who presented the award, said: “To my woman, I would like to say that you are encouraging me, you are an inspiration to all of us.”

Beyonce has invested time, money and passion into the community, especially through her Baguette initiative. The organization offers scholarship programs and helps fund numerous social justice foundations.

BeyGood is also involved in a wide range of COVID-19 tests, especially in low-black communities.

In her acceptance speech, Beyonce sent a strong message to black Americans: “Your voices are heard and you prove to our forefathers that their struggles are in vain. Now we have one more thing to walk in our true power, it must be voted on. I encourage you to continue taking action. Proceed to replace and eliminate racism and inequality. “

The musician and enthusiast concluded his speech with a call to action. “We have to vote as our life depends on it,” she urged her fans. “Because it does.”

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A ceremony with a message

This year’s BET Awards are not limited to entertainment and display. This is political. In terms of the national (and international) movement to end police brutality and demand racial justice, this year’s ceremony took on a more serious tone.

The show opened, not with a brilliant performance or comedy monologue, but with a powerful message of hatred and racism. 12-year-old Keedrom Bryant sang his viral piece “I Just Wanna Live”. The end of the song was followed immediately by images of protests by Black Lives Matter and the public enemy, Nas, Rapsody, YG and Black Thought in “Fight the Power.”

Connie Orlando, who produced the show, had previously warned that this year’s festival would break the mold. “This is going to be our biggest event,” he said, “not because of the anniversaries, but because of what’s happening.”

The show struck a wonderful balance between celebrating achievement and acknowledging the struggles of the black community.

“We’re always finding a way to continue to celebrate our culture,” executive producer Jeannae Rouzan-Clay said of this year’s show. “Amid fun and celebratory events, we remind you of what’s going on within our community. We need to be vigilant and make sure people are taken seriously.”

What do the BET awards mean?

The BET Awards is a US awards program established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television Network to celebrate the musical, acting, sporting and other fields of entertainment amongst African Americans and other American minorities.

BET Awards 2020 winners

In a field filled with talent, there were some tough choices this year. Here are the BET Awards 2020 nominees and winners of the major categories.

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Album of the Year

  • “Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo
  • “Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion
  • “Homecoming: The Live Album,” Beyoncé
  • “I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.
  • “Kirk,” DaBaby
  • “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial,” Roddy Ricch – WINNER

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 Group

  • Chloe x Halle
  • City Girls
  • EarthGang
  • Griselda
  • Migos – WINNER

Best Collaboration

  • Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance” – WINNER
  • DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
  • Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
  • H.E.R. ft. YG, “Slide”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
  • Wale ft. Jeremih, “On Chill”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • DaBaby – WINNER
  • Drake
  • Future
  • Lil Baby
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • Lizzo
  • Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Saweetie

Video of the Year

  • Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
  • DaBaby, “Bop”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher” – WINNER
  • Doja Cat, “Say So”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
  • Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Video Director of the Year

  • Benny Boom
  • Cole Bennett
  • Dave Meyers
  • Director X
  • Eif Rivera
  • Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor – WINNER

Best New Artist

  • DaniLeigh
  • Lil Nas X
  • Pop Smoke
  • Roddy Ricch – WINNER
  • Summer Walker
  • YBN Cordae

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational

  • Fred Hammond, “Alright”
  • John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, “I Made It Out”
  • Kanye West, “Follow God”
  • Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me” – WINNER
  • PJ Morton ft. Le’Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, “All In His Pain”
  • The Clark Sisters, “Victory”

Best Movie

  • “Bad Boys for Life”
  • “Dolemite Is My Name”
  • “Harriet”
  • “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé”
  • “Just Mercy”
  • “Queen & Slim” – WINNER
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Best Actress

  • Angela Bassett
  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Issa Rae – WINNER
  • Regina King
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Zendaya

Best Actor

  • Billy Porter
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Michael B. Jordan – WINNER
  • Omari Hardwick

Young Stars 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


  • Alicia Keys, “Underdog”
  • Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, “Brown Skin Girl” – WINNER
  • Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, “Melanin”
  • Layton Greene, “I Choose”
  • Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”
  • Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, “Afeni”

Viewer’s Choice Award

  • Chris Brown Ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
  • DaBaby, “Bop”
  • Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, “Hot Girl Summer” – WINNER
  • Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
  • The Weeknd, “Heartless”

Best International Act

  • Burna Boy (Nigeria) – WINNER
  • Innoss’B (DRC)
  • Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
  • Dave (U.K.)
  • Stormzy (U.K.)
  • Ninho (France)
  • S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

  • Rema (Nigeria)
  • SHA SHA (Zimbabwe) – WINNER
  • Celeste (U.K.)
  • Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
  • Hatik (France)
  • Stacy (France)
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