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BET AwardsAs the summer heats up, the BET Awards causes a buzz of excitement with the latest news of favorite nominees and ultimate winners at one of black entertainment's most prestigious award shows.

This year, nominees were announced on May 15 -- followed by a glittering awards ceremony that aired on BET on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 8PM ET live from the Microsoft Theater in LA. Hosting this year's ceremony, for the first time ever, was SNL funny lady Leslie Jones.

Leading the pack this year was Beyonce with seven nominations, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration’ with Kendrick Lamar for “Freedom,” ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for Lemonade.

Bruno Mars followed with five nominations. Chance the Rapper, Solange (Beyonce's sister) and Migos had four nods apiece. Performers on the big night included Bruno Mars, Migos, Future, Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, New Edition, Big Sean, Post Malone, Jessie Reyez, Roman Gianarthur, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, and Maxwell.

New Edition was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Chance the Rapper received the Humanitarian Award at this year's ceremony.

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2017 nominees and WINNERS


DID YOU KNOW? BET Awards fun facts

beyonce album covers
Record wins at the BET Awards.

• With an average 7 million viewers, the BET Awards remain the highest rated awards shows on cable television.

• The most nominated artist at the BET Awards is Beyoncé with 61 nominations (56 solo and 8 with Destiny's Child). She also leads in wins with a total of 27. Chris Brown follows with 37 nominations and 14 wins.

• Hip hop artists OutKast took home the first-ever BET award trophy during the first BET Awards ceremony on June 19, 2001. OutKast also won Video of the Year that night for "Ms Jackson".

• Following the passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards scrambled to revamp the ceremony. Within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009 the ceremony became a tribute to the fallen star as routines were hurriedly changed to include Jackson's greatest hits.

• The only BET Ultimate Icon Award to date was awarded to Janet Jackson in 2015, which recognized her as a game changer in the fields of music, dance and video performances.

also see -> BET Hip Hop Awards

Sean Cosgrave is a frequent editorial contributor to Chiff.com.

 

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of major 2017 BET Awards nominees and winners honoring the very best in music, entertainment and black achievement ....

2017 BET Awards Nominees & * WINNERS

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
* BEYONCÉ
KEHLANI
MARY J. BLIGE
RIHANNA
SOLANGE

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
* BRUNO MARS
CHRIS BROWN
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER

Best Group
* MIGOS
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
FAT JOE & REMY MA
RAE SREMMURD

Best Collaboration - TIE
* CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE - NO PROBLEM
* MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR - FREEDOM
CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER - PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z - SHINING
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
* KENDRICK LAMAR
BIG SEAN
CHANCE THE RAPPER
DRAKE
FUTURE
J. COLE

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
* REMY MA
CARDI B
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
YOUNG M.A.

Video of the Year - TIE
* BEYONCÉ - SORRY
* BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC
BIG SEAN - BOUNCE BACK
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE
SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

Video Director of the Year
* KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”
BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”
BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”
DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”
HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”

Best New Artist
* CHANCE THE RAPPER
21 SAVAGE
CARDI B
KHALID
YOUNG M.A.

Album of the Year
* LEMONADE - BEYONCÉ
24K MAGIC - BRUNO MARS
4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY - J. COLE
A SEAT AT THE TABLE - SOLANGE
COLORING BOOK - CHANCE THE RAPPER

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
* LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)
CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE
FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT
KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU
TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

Best Actress
* TARAJI P. HENSON
GABRIELLE UNION
ISSA RAE
JANELLE MONÁE
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
* MAHERSHALA ALI
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY
DENZEL WASHINGTON
DONALD GLOVER
OMARI HARDWICK

YoungStars Award
* YARA SHAHIDI
ACE HUNTER
CALEB MCLAUGHLIN
JADEN SMITH
MARSAI MARTIN

Best Movie
* HIDDEN FIGURES
FENCES
GET OUT
MOONLIGHT
THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Sportswoman of the Year Award
* SERENA WILLIAMS
GABBY DOUGLAS
SIMONE BILES
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year Award
* STEPHEN CURRY
CAM NEWTON
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Centric Award
* SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY
FANTASIA - SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE
KEHLANI - DISTRACTION
MARY J. BLIGE - THICK OF IT
SYD - ALL ABOUT ME
YUNA - CRUSH FT. USHER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
* BEYONCÉ - SORRY
BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC
DRAKE - FAKE LOVE
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES
THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

Best International Act: Europe
* STORMZY (UK)
BOOBA (France)
MHD (France)
CRAIG DAVID (UK)
EMELI SANDÉ (UK)
GIGGS (UK)
SKEPTA (UK)
WILEY (UK)

Best International Act: Africa
* WIZKID (Nigeria)
AKA (South Africa)
BABES WODUMO (South Africa)
DAVIDO (Nigeria)
NASTY C (South Africa)
STONEBWOY (Ghana)
TEKNO (Nigeria)
MR EAZI (Nigeria)


 

 

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