2017 BET Awards Recap

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The 2017 BET Awards aired this weekend. Hosted by comedian Leslie Jones, it was a night of many awards, performances, and surprises. A lot of Black star power was present in the building. And anytime you get that many talented people together, it has to be a good time.

Bruno Mars opened things up with a performance consisted of his song “Perm”. Other performers included SZA, Gucci Mane, Mary J. Blige, Big Sean, French Montana, Maxwell, Migos, Future, and much more. However, one of the stand-out performances of the night was Tamar Braxton who performed her latest single “My Man”. Out of everyone, she was the most energetic and dramatic. A lot of people saw Tamar’s antics and assumed that she was lip syncing. However, they forget that she’s always been the type of performer who can stay on her note. Even while twerking like she’s in  Future’s music video.

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The newly reunified Xscape took the stage and sung a few of their hits, which is what people have been waiting for. The reunion that received the most attention was New Edition. Their successful biopic has renewed interest in the group. There was 3x as much New Edition to enjoy on that stage. Performances were given by the child and adult cast of the biopic. The original group took the stage to show everyone how it’s done.

BET honored New Edition with the Lifetime Achievement Award. And Chance The Rapper accepted the BET Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the Chicago Public School System. In all, it was a night of highs, lows, hair flips, interesting performance, and a butt-load of new social media memes.

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Full List of Winners

Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars

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Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyoncé- “Sorry”

Best male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar

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Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Remy Ma

Best new artist: Chance the Rapper

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Best group: Migos

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Chance the Rapper featuring 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne- “No Problem”

Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert- “Bad and Boujee”

Album of the year: Lemonade — Beyoncé

Youngstars Award: Yara Shahidi

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Lecrae

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Centric Award: Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”

Video of the year: (Tie)

Beyoncé — “Sorry”

Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”

Video director of the year: Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter — “Sorry”

Best actor: Mahershala Ali

Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Best movie: “Hidden Figures”

Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry

Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyoncé — “Sorry”

Best international act-Europe: Stormzy

Best international act-Africa: Wizkid

Humanitarian Award: Chance the Rapper

Lifetime Achievement Award: New Edition

2017 BET Awards Red Carpet

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