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Black Excellence Televised: BET Awards feature Jamie Foxx, Anita Baker tribute and the return of Meek Mill


Meek Mill performs at the BET Awards; Leon Bennett/Getty ImagesThe 2018 BET Awards, hosted by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, were broadcast live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The annual show offered a star-studded line-up of performances, appearences and presenters.

Some of the night’s highlights included Migos performing “Walk It,” and “Stir Fry”; Nicki Minaj hitting the stage with her songs “Chun-Li” and “Rich Sex,” and then joining YG2 Chainz and Big Sean for “Big Bank,”; H.E.R. performing “Focus” and then bringing Daniel Caeser out for “Best Part”; and Jamie Foxx kicking off a tribute to Anita Baker that featured Marsha Ambrosius, who sang Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture.” Ledisi performed “Sweet Love,” and Yolanda Adams ended the serenade with “You Bring Me Joy.”

Other notable moments of the three-hour show included performances by Ella MaiJanelle Monae, and Snoop Dogg. However, the crowd seemed the most excited when Kevin Hart and other Philly entertainers introduced Meek Mill, who debuted his new song “Stay Woke,” featuring Miguel.

In addition to the performances, Foxx engaged the crowd with a bit of awkward humor, which included telling Michael B. Jordan to recite a line from Black Panther and then later asking Childish Gambino to perform an impromptu version of “This Is America” for the crowd.

Here are Sunday night’s winners:

Album of the Year Award
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar

Best Group Award

Best Collaboration Award
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Video of the Year Award
Drake, “God’s Plan”

Video Director of the Year Award
Ava DuVernay

Best New Artist Award

Best International Act Award
Davido (Nigeria)

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”

BET Her Award
Mary J. Blige, “Strength of a Woman”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Best Actress
Tiffany Haddish

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman

Young Stars
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Black Panther

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James

Lifetime Achievement Award
Anita Baker

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