Last night’s (June 28) BET Awards were equal parts nostalgic and forward-leaning. A Bad Boy Records reunion featuring Lil’ Kim, Diddy, Ma$e, and The LOX as well as appearances from Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson sparked reflection around the web, with viewers expressing delight at seeing some of their favorite childhood artists back on stage. The night, however, also belonged to the current generation, with Kendrick Lamar winning the award for “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” and Nicki Minaj winning the female counterpart.
Lamar’s co-nominees were Big Sean, Common (who won the award for “Best Collaboration” thanks to “Glory” with John Legend), Drake, J. Cole, and Wale, a cross-section of various brands of Hip-Hop. Lamar’s win over a newly minted Oscar-winner (Common) and the first artist to go platinum with no features in over 25 years (J. Cole) is perhaps indicative of the resonance audiences still feel with To Pimp a Butterfly, released only three months ago (whereas Common’s Nobody’s Smiling and J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive were released 11 and 7 months ago, respectively). Heads may remember that Lamar’s 2013 wins for Best New Artist in addition to Best Male Hip-Hop Artist came a full eight months after the release of good kid, m.A.A.d. city, making him 2-0 at the Awards ceremony.
Nicki Minaj (who has won Best Female Hip Hop Artist six years in a row) triumphed over Azealia Banks, Dej Loaf, Iggy Azalea, Tink, and Trina. A stark contrast to the male nominees, all five of Minaj’s co-contenders have all contributed to female visibility in Hip-Hop. Dej Loaf and Tink were both nominated despite never having released a studio album (and Dej Loaf’s most-streamed song, “Try Me,” came out in 2012), a remarkable feat that may also speak to the lack of established, more seasoned female artists not recognized by this year’s Awards. The success of Minaj’s The Pinkprint (it went gold and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart) made her the clear front-runner.
Here is a list of other category winners (in bold) and nominees:
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BeyoncéCiaraJanelle MonáeJhené AikoK. MichelleRihanna
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
August AlsinaChris BrownJohn LegendThe WeekndTrey SongzUsher
A$AP MobJodeciMigosRae SremmurdRich GangYoung Money
August Alsina – “No Love (Remix)” f. Nicki MinajBig Sean – “IDFWU” f. E-40Chris Brown – “Loyal” f. Lil Wayne & TygaChris Brown – “New Flame” f. Rick Ross & UsherCommon & John Legend – “Glory”Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Big SeanCommonDrakeJ. ColeKendrick LamarWale
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Azealia BanksDeJ LoafIggy AzaleaNicki MinajTinkTrina
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11″Big Sean – “IDFWU”Chris Brown – “Loyal”Chris Brown – “New Flame”Common & John Legend – “Glory”Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
BEST NEW ARTIST
Bobby ShmurdaDeJ LoafFetty WapRae SremmurdSam SmithTinashe
COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Beyoncé – “7/11″DeJ Loaf – “Try Me”Kendrick Lamar – “i”Nicki Minaj – “Only”Rae Sremmurd – “Throw Sum MoThe Weeknd – “Earned It”
Avery Sunshine – “Call My Name”Jazmine Sullivan – “Dumb” f. Meek MillMark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” f. Bruno MarsSam Smith – “Stay With Me” f. Mary J. BligeThe Weeknd – “Earned It”
Did your favorites win?
Authors: Super User