As the summer heats up, the BET Awards cause a buzz of excitement as favorite nominees are named and ultimate winners announced at one of black entertainment's most prestigious award shows.
This year, a glittering awards ceremony was televised on BET on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 8PM ET live from the Microsoft Theater in LA.
2018 BET nominees (see below) were announced on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Leading the pack this year was DJ Khaled with six nominations including Album of the Year for "Grateful" and Video of the Year for "Wild Thoughts". Kendrick Lamar followed with five nods. SZA and Migos earned four nominations each.
Jamie Foxx hosts the 2018 BET Awards.
Hosting this year's ceremony was funny man, singer, and Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx who returns to MC for the second time after hosting his first BET Awards in 2009.
The performance lineup for the 2018 BET Awards included Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monáe, Migos, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, YG, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Jay Rock and Yolanda Adams.
The announced list of presenters included Tip “T. I.” Harris, Kevin Hart, LL Cool J, Chloe x Halle, Yvonne Orji, Bobby Brown, Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Mike Colter, Woody McClain, Jacob Latimore, Gabrielle Dennis, Tyler Perry, Regina Hall, Amanda Steinberg, Tika Sumpter, and Omari Hardwick.
Honored with this year's BET Lifetime Achievement Award was R&B great Anita Baker. And, for the first time ever, BET bestowed the "Humanitarian Heroes" Award. Inaugural honorees - including James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shawn King and Anthony Borges for taking a stand for human rights.
Just up ahead, check out the complete list of big winners at this year's BET Awards!
DID YOU KNOW? BET Awards fun facts
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.
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Just up ahead, check out the complete list of major 2018 BET Awards nominees and winners honoring the very best in music, entertainment and black achievement ....
2018 BET Awards Nominees & * Winners
Lupita Nyong'o * Tiffany Haddish
Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor * Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Sterling K. Brown
Mudbound * Black Panther
A Wrinkle in Time
Album Of The Year
Grateful - Dj Khaled
Culture II - Migos
Ctrl - Sza * Damn. - Kendrick Lamar
4:44 - Jay-Z
Black Panther - Kendrick Lamar
Best Collaboration * Dj Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts"
Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - "Finesse (Remix)"
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Rihanna - "Loyalty."
Dj Khaled Feat. Future, Beyoncé & Jay-Z - "Top Off"
Cardi B Feat. 21 Savage - "Bartier Cardi"
French Montana Feat. Swae Lee - "Unforgettable"
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D * Migos
Chloe X Halle
Best New Artist
A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Daniel Caesar * SZA
Best Female Hip Hop Artist * Cardi B
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
J. Cole * Kendrick Lamar
Best Female R&B Pop Artist
H.E.R. * Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist * Bruno Mars
Janelle Monaé – "Django Jane"
Lizzo – "Water Me" * Mary J. Blige – "Strength Of A Woman"
Remy Ma – "Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)" Feat. Chris Brown
Chloe X Halle – "The Kids Are Alright"
Leikeli47 – "2nd Fiddle"
Best International Act
Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo) * Davido (Nigeria)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Distruction Boyz (Sa)
Stefflon Don (Uk)
J Hus (Uk)
Video Of The Year
Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - "Finesse (Remix)"
Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
Migos Feat. Drake - "Walk It Talk It"
Dj Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts" * Drake - "God's Plan"
Kendrick Lamar – "Humble."=
Video Director of the Year
Dave Meyers * Ava DuVernay
Viewers Choice * Wild Thoughts - Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller
MotorSport - Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Migos
HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar
Love Galore - Travis Scott, SZA
God's Plan - Drake
Bodak Yellow - Cardi B
Young Stars Award
Miles Brown * Yara Shahidi
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award * Lecrae Feat. Tori Kelly - "I'll Find You"
Snoop Dogg Feat. B Slade "Words Are Few"
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin - "If You Don't Mind"
Marvin Sapp - "Close"
Tasha Cobbs Leonard Feat. Nicki Minaj - "I'm Getting Ready"
Sportsman of the Year
Dwyane Wade * LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Sportswoman of the Year
Elana Meyers Taylor
* Serena Williams