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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Queen Latifah was "extremely moved" to be given the lifetime achievement prize at the 2021 BET Awards

    The 51-year-old star - who was accompanied on stage by her father Lancelot Owens Sr. and a photograph of her late mother Rita Owens - was honoured at the ceremony on Sunday night (27.06.21), and she delivered a powerful speech as she thanked her loved ones, her team and her fans


    She said: "I'm so extremely moved, I don't even know what to say. Let me just say that I want to thank God, because God designed this whole thing to be this way.

    "There is no way that I could have had the parents that I was born to, my father, my mother, who instilled so much in me.

    "My family, I love you. My siblings, my best friends who ride or die with me. Whether my face is on the dirt or flying in the sky, they know me and they are there for me...

    "I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine.

    "When we couldn't get played on the radio and other places, we couldn't get our videos played in other places, there was BET, that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine to this night right now, right here.

    "Bless everybody that graced the stage tonight and everyone in the audience for all your support... Be Black. Black is beautiful."

    Elsewhere, Megan Thee Stallion won best female hip hop artist, best collaboration and video of the year for 'WAP' with Cardi B, and the viewer's choice prize for 'Savage (Remix)' with Beyonce.

    Meanwhile, the likes of Andra Day (best actress), Chadwick Boseman (best

    actor) and Lil Baby (best male hip hop artist) were all recognised, and Sza's hit 'Good Days' claimed the BET Her Award.

    And late rap legend DMX was honoured following his death earlier this year, with Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz and Michael K. Williams delivering a special tribute performance.

    The theme for the ceremony - which was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a live audience there for the first time since the pandemic began - was 'Year of the Black Woman'.

    Taraji P. Henson said at the start of the night: "Celebrating Black women isn't a fad or a trend it's a forever mood.

    "There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can't nobody be like me and can't nobody be you like you."

    Album of the Year

    'Heaux Tales' - Jazmine Sullivan

    Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

    H.E.R.

    Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

    Chris Brown

    Best Group

    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic

    Best Collaboration

    'WAP' - Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

    Best Male Hip Hop Artist

    Lil Baby

    Best Female Hip Hop Artist

    Megan Thee Stallion

    Video of the Year

    'WAP' - Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

    Video Director of the Year

    Bruno Mars & Florence Dechard

    Best New Artist

    Giveon

    Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 'Strong God' - Kirk Franklin

    BET Her Award

    'Good Days' - Sza

    Best International Act

    Burna Boy, Nigeria

    Viewer's Choice Award

    'Savage (Remix)' - Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce

    Best Movie

    'Judas and the Black Messiah'

    Best Actress

    Andra Day

    Best Actor

    Chadwick Boseman

    Youngstars Award

    Marsai Martin

    Viewer's Choice: Best New International ACt Bree Runway, United Kingdom

    © 2021 Bang Showbiz, NZCity

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