Beyonce, Drake win big at BET Awards

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Los Angeles, June 27 (IANS) Singer Beyonce Knowles and Drake have won the top honours at the 2016 BET Awards.

Knowles took home a total of four awards, including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. She also won Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Centric Award at the gala held here at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, reports

Rapper Drake and singer-songwriter Bryson Tiller trailed behind with three and two awards, respectively. In addition to the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist title, Drake nabbed the Best Group Award for his works with rapper Future and Best Collaboration for his latest hit with singer Rihanna titled “Work”.

The BET Awards, established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

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At the gala, Tiller was named Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist.

Other musicians making up the winners list included Nicki Minaj (Best Female Hip-Hop Artist), Kirk Franklin (Best Gospel Artist), Skepta (Best International Act UK) and Wizkid (Best International Act Africa).

Taraji P. Henson and Michael B. Jordan earned the Best Actress and Best Actor titles, respectively, while Samuel L. Jackson won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In sports categories, tennis player Serena Williams was dubbed Sportswoman of the Year. As for the Sportsman of the Year title, it went to NBA star Stephen Curry.

List of winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L. Jackson

Humanitarian Award: Jesse Williams

Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

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Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce Knowles

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best International Act UK: Skepta

Best International Act Africa: Wizkid

Best Group: Drake and Future

Best Collaboration: Rihanna and Drake – “Work”

Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan

Youngstars Award: Amandla Stenberg

Best Movie: “Straight Outta Compton”

Best Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

Video of the Year: Beyonce Knowles – “Formation”

Video Director of the Year: Director X

Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyonce Knowles – “Formation”

Centric Award: Beyonce Knowles – “Formation”



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