Kendrick Lamar opened the 2015 BET Awards with a powerful performance of “Alright.”
British singer Sam Smith continued his hot streak at
music awards shows, picking up the night’s first prize for best new
artist beating out the likes of Fetty Wap and Bobby Shmurda.
Nicki Minaj brought her mom on stage as she picked
up the award for best female hip-hop artist. The Weeknd picked up the
Centric award for “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
Notable performances included Diddy bringing the Bad Boy family back together by performing with Lil Kim, Faith Evans, 112 and Mase.
Janet Jackson, the recipient of the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, also performed.
The ceremony was hosted by Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who took part in an Empire sketch that was interrupted by Terrence Howard.
Full list of winners.
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Nicki Minaj fear. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown — “Only” (WINNER)
Beyonce — “7/11″
DeJ Loaf — “Try Me”
Kendrick Lamar — “i”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug — “Throw Sum Mo”
The Weeknd — “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown (WINNER)
The Weeknd — “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack) (WINNER)
Avery Sunshine — “Call My Name”
Jazmine Sullivan feat. Meek Mill — “Dumb”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Sam Smith feat. Mary J. Blige — “Stay With Me”
Best New Artist
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj (WINNER)
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Rae Sremmurd (WINNER)
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma) (WINNER)
August Alsina feat. Nicki Minaj – “No Love (Remix)”
Big Sean Feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown Feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Maros – “Uptown Funk”
Video of the Year
Beyonce – “7/11″ (WINNER)
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma)
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Video Director of the Year
Beyonce, Ed Burke, & Todd Tourso (WINNER)
Best Gospel Artist
Best International Act: Africa
Stonebwoy (Ghana) (WINNER)
AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
The Soil (South Africa)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best International Act: U.K.