On June 26, BET held their annual Awards ceremonies that honour artists in the world of music, film, and sports.  Actor Taraji P. Henson hosted the annual gala event.

While the night was filled with fantastic performances, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.  Babayface Edmonds and Kanye “Ye” West presented the award.  In his acceptance speech, Combs channeled Martin Luther King saying, “I got this dream of Black people being free.  I got this dream of us controlling our own destiny. I got this dream of us taking accountability and stop killing each other. I got this dream of us being rich and wealthy and living on the same block. I have this dream of us unifying.”

Combs joins Prince, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, and the New Edition as winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Lil Wayne, Brandy, Chance the Rapper, and Joey Bada$$ were among the artists who performed during the ceremonies.

Winners of the 2022 BET Awards:
Best Female R&B or Pop Artist: Jazmine Sullivan
Best Male R&B or Pop Artist: The Weeknd
Best Group:  Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak
Best Collaboration: “Essence” by Wizkid with Justin Bieber and Tems
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Video of the Year: “Family Ties” by Baby Keem with Kendrick Lamar
Video Director of the Year: Anderson .Paak
Best New Artist: Latto
Album of the Year: “An Evening with Silk Sonic” by Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak
Best Gospel or Inspirational Award: “We Win” by Kirk Franklin with Lil Baby
Best Movie: “King Richard”
Best Actor: Will Smith for his role in “King Richard”
Best Actress: Zendaya for her role in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
Youngstar’s Award: Marsai Martin
Sportswoman of the Year: tennis player Naomi Osaka
Sportsman of the Year: basketball player Stephen Curry
BET HER Award: “Good Morning Gorgeous” by Mary J Blige
Best International Act: Tems from Nigeria

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