The BET Awards, founded 21 years ago by the Black Entertainment Television network, is an annual ceremony that recognises Black excellence and achievement in sports, acting, music, and other areas of entertainment. This year's awards were held on Sunday, June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, and featured performances by Lizzo, Bryson Tiller, and Chance the Rapper. While the nominations cover a wide range of entertainment fields, the majority of them are for music, and this article reveals which artists won in each.
On June 27, 2021, the 21st BET Awards were held. The ceremony honoured achievements in entertainment, including music, sports, television, and film. The theme of the ceremony was "Year of the Black Woman," and it was held in-person with a vaccinated audience following the virtual ceremony the previous year.
On May 27, 2021, the nominees were announced. DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion received the most nominations, each receiving seven, ahead of Cardi B and Drake, who both received five nominations.
On June 14, it was announced that Taraji P. Henson, an actress, would host the ceremony for the first time, and that Queen Latifah, a musician and actress, would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Winner: Jazmine Sullivan
"Jazmine Sullivan has authored the kind of songbook that could form the basis of a jukebox musical. Given the versatility the R&B artist has displayed as a gospel-reared and stage-trained powerhouse vocalist, the production would require a large and exceptionally talented ensemble to do right by the source material."
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Winner: The Weeknd
"The Weeknd is the alias of alternative R&B enigma-turned-pop star Abel Tesfaye, whose aching accounts of emotionally and physically toxic indulgences have translated to multi-platinum sales and Grammy recognition. The singer and songwriter arrived in 2011 with three mixtapes offering morose ballads that seemed to have no designs on mainstream appeal. Within only a few years, however, Tesfaye had scored a variety of Top Ten pop hits
Winner: Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
"Silk Sonic is a nostalgic soul outlet for born entertainers Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. The pair made their collaborative debut as a singing duo in 2021 with the number one pop hit 'Leave the Door Open,' scored a Top 20 single with the follow-up 'Skate,' and offered the full-length An Evening with Silk Sonic that November
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Winner: Megan Thee Stallion
"Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion's sexually charged lyrics and nonstop confidence meet with a pop sheen that consistently delivers commercial hits. The rapper found local success shortly after she began performing in 2016, and the rest of the world caught on shortly thereafter