Black Excellence Televised: Jamie Foxx hosted as BET Awards honor "Black Panther"; feature Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino and more
Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The 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 YG, 2 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 Mai, Janelle 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
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
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
Best New Artist Award
Best International Act Award
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”
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
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