Posted by , Jun 26, 2016 at 08:18pm
The 2016 BET Awards are underway! Check here throughout the night for live updates of tonight's ceremony.

After this year's Grammys, when T. Swift's 1989 won Album of the Year over To Pimp a Butterfly, we were weary of any more award shows, and indeed, the few big ones that followed were, for the most part, drawn-out and overhyped celebrations of radio fluff. But tonight's event, the BET Awards, is different. The show is meant to honor all the best work that black entertainment has to offer, and that means our beloved genres of hip-hop and R&B will actually be taken seriously. And the performances are key, too; the live music will come not from Meghan Trainor but artists like Future, Young Thug, Desiigner, French Montana, Erykah Badu, and Remy Ma

There will also be a performance in honor of one of the most important artists of our time, Prince, who we lost earlier this year. A supergroup made up of D'Angelo, Sheila E., Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, and The Roots will be responsible for the tribute performance. 

Tonight's show is hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Two awards were given out prior to the ceremony -- The Lifetime Achievement Award to Samuel L. Jackson and the Humanitarian Award to Jesse Williams. Head to BET.com for a few different live feeds into tonight's show at the Microsoft Theater in LA. It starts NOW! 

See the full list of awards and nominees below, and keep it locked here to keep up with the winners as they are announced. Also make sure to follow @HNHHSnaps on Snapchat for red carpet access with Jen DeLeon. 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele
Andra Day
Beyoncé -- WINNER 
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller -- WINNER 
Chris Brown
Jeremih
The Weeknd
Tyrese

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future -- WINNER 
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – "Play No Games"
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – "One Man Can Change the World"
Future feat. Drake – "Where Ya At" -- WINNER 
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake -- WINNER 
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj -- WINNER 
Remy Ma

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
Bryson Tiller – "Don't"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X -- WINNER 
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller -- WINNER 
Kehlani
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin -- WINNER 
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson -- WINNER 
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan -- WINNER 
O'shea Jackson Jr.

Youngstars Award
Amandla Stenberg -- WINNER 
Quvenzhané Wallis
Silentó
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts of No Nation
Concussion
Creed
Dope
Straight Outta Compton -- WINNER

Sportswoman of the Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams -- WINNER 
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry -- WINNER 

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
Bryson Tiller – "Don't"
Chris Brown – "Back to Sleep"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Future feat. Drake – "Where Ya At"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Centric Award
Andra Day – "Rise Up"
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
K. Michelle – "Not a Little Bit"
Rihanna – "Bitch Better Have My Money"
The Internet – "Under Control"

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa) -- WINNER 
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D'ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act U.K.
Kano
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta -- WINNER 
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah

Full List Of Winners From The 2016 BET Awards

The 2016 BET Awards are underway! Check here throughout the night for live updates of tonight's ceremony.


After this year's Grammys, when T. Swift's 1989 won Album of the Year over To Pimp a Butterfly, we were weary of any more award shows, and indeed, the few big ones that followed were, for the most part, drawn-out and overhyped celebrations of radio fluff. But tonight's event, the BET Awards, is different. The show is meant to honor all the best work that black entertainment has to offer, and that means our beloved genres of hip-hop and R&B will actually be taken seriously. And the performances are key, too; the live music will come not from Meghan Trainor but artists like Future, Young Thug, Desiigner, French Montana, Erykah Badu, and Remy Ma

There will also be a performance in honor of one of the most important artists of our time, Prince, who we lost earlier this year. A supergroup made up of D'Angelo, Sheila E., Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, and The Roots will be responsible for the tribute performance. 

Tonight's show is hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Two awards were given out prior to the ceremony -- The Lifetime Achievement Award to Samuel L. Jackson and the Humanitarian Award to Jesse Williams. Head to BET.com for a few different live feeds into tonight's show at the Microsoft Theater in LA. It starts NOW! 

See the full list of awards and nominees below, and keep it locked here to keep up with the winners as they are announced. Also make sure to follow @HNHHSnaps on Snapchat for red carpet access with Jen DeLeon. 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele
Andra Day
Beyoncé -- WINNER 
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tiller -- WINNER 
Chris Brown
Jeremih
The Weeknd
Tyrese

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Drake & Future -- WINNER 
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – "Play No Games"
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – "One Man Can Change the World"
Future feat. Drake – "Where Ya At" -- WINNER 
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – "Feeling Myself"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake -- WINNER 
Fetty Wap
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj -- WINNER 
Remy Ma

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
Bryson Tiller – "Don't"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Director X -- WINNER 
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Bryson Tiller -- WINNER 
Kehlani
Tory Lanez

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin -- WINNER 
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson -- WINNER 
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan -- WINNER 
O'shea Jackson Jr.

Youngstars Award
Amandla Stenberg -- WINNER 
Quvenzhané Wallis
Silentó
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Beasts of No Nation
Concussion
Creed
Dope
Straight Outta Compton -- WINNER

Sportswoman of the Year
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Serena Williams -- WINNER 
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry -- WINNER 

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
Bryson Tiller – "Don't"
Chris Brown – "Back to Sleep"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Future feat. Drake – "Where Ya At"
Rihanna feat. Drake – "Work"

Centric Award
Andra Day – "Rise Up"
Beyoncé – "Formation" -- WINNER 
K. Michelle – "Not a Little Bit"
Rihanna – "Bitch Better Have My Money"
The Internet – "Under Control"

Best International Act Africa
Aka (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa) -- WINNER 
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D'ivoire)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act U.K.
Kano
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Skepta -- WINNER 
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah

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