Cardi B becomes first female BET Awards Album Of The Year winner

Cardi B becomes first female rapper to ever earn Album Of The Year as she leads big winners at 2019 BET Awards

  • The 26-year-old rapper was the first female rapper to ever win Album Of The Year
  • She also won Female Rapper Of The Year as she was nominated for a leading seven awards on the night
  • Cardi opened up the show with a sultry performance which saw her give husband Offset a lapdance
  • Nipsey Hussle posthumously received the Male Rapper Of The Year and Humanitarian Awards 
  • Mary J. Blige received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Rihanna
  • Ella Mai won the Viewers’ Choice Award 

Cardi B keeps making history.

The 26-year-old rapper earned Album Of The Year at the 2019  BET Awards making her the first ever female rapper to earn the honor.

She was recognized for her work on triple-platinum album Invasion Of Privacy at the star-studded event held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday. 

Cardi was the most nominated act of the evening with seven nominations, including two for the top prize – video of the year – with her hits Money and Please Me, with Bruno Mars. She also won Female Rapper Of The Year.

Album of the Year: Cardi B took home the first big award of the night at the 2019 BET Awards, with her album Invasion of Privacy winning Album of the Year

Most nominated: She had the most nominations at the 2019 BET Awards with seven, including two for the top prize – video of the year – with her hits Money and Please Me, with Bruno Mars


Green with envy: Cardi B looked stunning in a neon green gown with fringe detailing on the front and an exaggerated open shoulder

The evening featured some lively performances from Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Mary J. Blige, as well as emotional tributes to Nipsey Hussle and John Singleton. 

Cardi B was a double nominee in best collaboration thanks to the hits I Like It, with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and Please Me, with Mars. 

She also competed for best female hip-hop artist, the viewer’s choice award and album of the year with her Grammy-winning major-label debut, Invasion of Privacy.

The Please Me artist opened the show in a performance with husband Offset, which included a sultry lap dance. 

The couple and their backup dancers matched in emerald green, bringing the audience to their feet with an energetic opening number.

Cardi kicks things off: Cardi B, who has the most nominations, opened the show in a performance with husband Offset

Relationship goals: The performance included a sultry lap dance between the husband and wife

Matching in emerald: The couple and their backup dancers matched in emerald green, bringing the audience to their feet with an energetic opening number

Setting the tone: Cardi gave a lively performance to set the tone for the evening, which included performances from Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Mary J. Blige

Sparkling: The artist’s emerald look included a jeweled bra and belted corset with vertical cutouts

Rihanna took the stage to pay a beautiful tribute to Mary J. Blige, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her speech was followed by a video tribute to the Strength of a Woman artist, featuring Diddy, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith. 

After giving her acceptance speech, Blige came out in all white to perform a medley of some of her best hits, including No More Drama and Real Love, complete with a musical intro by Diddy and a surprise appearances by Lil Kim and Method Man.  

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rihanna took the stage to pay a beautiful tribute to Mary J. Blige, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Star-studded tribute: Her speech was followed by a video tribute to the Strength of a Woman artist, featuring Diddy, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith


Wardrobe change: Blige sported two all-white looks during her performance, one in a floor-length, fur-collared coat, and another in an open baseball jersey, complete with a baseball cap

Best hits: After giving her acceptance speech, Blige came out in all white to perform a medley of some of her best hits, including No More Drama and Real Love

Surprise guests: The performance featured a musical intro by Diddy and a surprise appearances by Lil Kim and Method Man

Nipsey Hussle was honored post-humously with the Humanitarian award, after he was shot to death on March 31 in what police said was a personal dispute outside his South Los Angeles clothing store.

The rapper was known for his efforts to rebuild his community in Compton, creating businesses and opportunities for locals. 

T.I. took to the stage with a speech, followed by a video tribute that featured Snoop Dogg and Ava DuVernay.

Humanitarian: Nipsey Hussle was honored post-humously with the Humanitarian award, after he was shot to death on March 31 in what police said was a personal dispute outside his South Los Angeles clothing store

Remembering Nipsey: T.I. took to the stage with a speech, followed by a video tribute that featured Snoop Dogg and Ava DuVernay

He’s still loved: Hussle’s sister, mother, grandmother and partner Lauren London accepted the award on his behalf

Rest in power: The speeches were followed by a musical tribute, featuring DJ Khaled, John Legend, and other artists, with a live gospel choir

Hussle’s sister, mother, grandmother and partner Lauren London accepted the award on his behalf. 

The speeches were followed by a musical tribute, featuring DJ Khaled, John Legend, and other artists, with a live gospel choir.

Morris Chestnut and Damson Idris also paid tribute to filmmaker John Singleton, who died in April of a stroke. 

Paying tribute: Morris Chestnut and Damson Idris also paid tribute to filmmaker John Singleton, who died in April of a stroke

One of the most anticipated performances of the night, Lizzo brought down the house with her single Truth Hurts.

She appeared at the top of 15-foot wedding cake in a wedding dress, surrounded by backup dancing brides.

The Juice artist also broke out her iconic flute for the occasion, which had the audience on their feet.

Mrs. Lizzo: One of the most anticipated performances of the night, Lizzo brought down the house with her single Truth Hurts

Cake topper: She appeared at the top of 15-foot wedding cake in a wedding dress, surrounded by backup dancing brides

Wedding night: She pulled back her veil and ripped off her skirt to reveal some sexy wedding night lingerie

Flutist fierce: The Juice artist also broke out her iconic flute for the occasion, which had the audience screaming

Taraji P. Henson took to the stage to present longtime friend and collaborator Tyler Perry with the Ultimate Icon Award. 

Cicely Tyson, Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg were featured in a video tribute to the creator of the Madea stage and film franchise.

‘Rather than be an icon, I want to be an inspiration,’ Perry said during his speech. 

Ultimate Icon: Taraji P. Henson took to the stage to present longtime friend and collaborator Tyler Perry with the Ultimate Icon Award

Madea’s legacy: Cicely Tyson, Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg were featured in a video tribute to the creator of the Madea stage and film franchise

Lil Nas X arrived on horseback with Billy Ray Cyrus to perform their incredibly hyped single Old Town Road.

The duo showed up in matching western attire, Lil Nas cutting a bold look in black and yellow leather with fringe detailing.

They performed onstage against a saloon themed set, complete with honky tonk backup dancers.    

Howdy partner: Lil Nas X arrived on horseback with Billy Ray Cyrus to perform their incredibly hyped single Old Town Road

Cowboy chic: The duo showed up in matching western attire, Lil Nas cutting a bold look in black and yellow leather with fringe detailing

Honky tonk: They performed onstage against a saloon themed set, complete with honky tonk backup dancers

The star-studded award show held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles is being hosted by Regina Hall.

After appearing in a parody of Beyoncé’s Netflix documentary Homecoming, Hall performed a Queen Bey at Coachella inspired number, complete with drum majors and Taraji P. Henson.  

BlacKkKlansman was awarded Best Movie, beating out Creed II, If Beale Street Could Talk, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Hate U Give. 

Regina’s in the house: The star-studded award show held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles is being hosted by Regina Hall

Homecoming: After appearing in a parody of Beyoncé’s Netflix documentary Homecoming, Hall performed a Queen Bey at Coachella inspired number

Beyoncé tribute: She was joined onstage by a group of drum majors and Taraji P. Henson

Sore loser: Hall had some choice words after losing Best Actress to Regina King, coming onstage appearing jokingly disheveled and bitter over the defeat

What are friends for? Rihanna helped Hall fix her hair as she came onstage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award

Regina King won Best Actress after giving a powerful performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. 

Hall had some choice words after losing Best Actress to King, coming onstage appearing jokingly disheveled and bitter over the defeat. 

DJ Khaled rose from below the stage as he performed Weather the Storm with Meek Mill. 

Squad goals: DJ Khaled rose from below the stage as he performed Weather the Storm with Meek Mill. They were then joined by Lil Baby, who came out with Jeremih to perform You Stay

Full stage: They were then joined by Lil Baby, who came out with Jeremih to perform You Stay

They were then joined by Lil Baby, who came out with Jeremih to perform You Stay. 

Fantasia took the stage to perform her new chart-topping single Enough from her upcoming album Sketchbook.

The American Idol alum was joined by her guitarist for the soulful ballad.  

Never enough: Fantasia took the stage to perform her new song Enough from her upcoming album Sketchbook

Accompanying guitar: The American Idol alum was joined by her guitarist for the soulful ballad

Back in black: She wore a black one-piece with floor-length train and exaggerated shoulders with black stoned detailing 

Yara Shahidi presented the Best New Artist award, the first of the night, to Lil Baby. 

Marsai Martin was then awarded the Young Stars award for producing and starring in Little.

The Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award went to British artist Ella Mai for her song Trip. 

Best New Artist: Yara Shahidi presented the Best New Artist award, the first of the night, to Lil Baby

Young Stars: Marsai Martin was then awarded the Young Stars award for producing and starring in Little

Viewer’s Choice: The Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award went to British artist Ella Mai for her song Trip

The Exonerated Five made a special appearance, following the Netflix drama about their false imprisonment, When They See Us.

The men introduced H.E.R, who was nominated for three awards, including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. 

The 21-year-old artist was joined by rapper YBN Cordae to perform her track Lord Is Coming, which included a spoken word intro and an upright bass accompaniment by H.E.R.

Soulful lady: The Exonerated Five introduced H.E.R, who’s nominated for three awards, including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Spoken word: The 21-year-old artist was joined by rapper YBN Cordae to perform her track Lord Is Coming, which included a spoken word intro and an upright bass accompaniment by H.E.R

Regal Regina: Following the awards show, host Regina Hall posed backstage in stunning gown


Shining: Hall looked gorgeous in an iridescent dress that draped over one shoulder. She completed the look with open toe heels and silver rings on both hands

Taraji P. Henson posed with friend Tyler Perry after presenting him the Ultimate Icon Award


Matching in black: Henson stunned in a sheer black dress with an exposed leg and a cutout over her cleavage. Perry matched in a black-on-black tuxedo with velvet lapels

Stay gold: Lena Waithe posed backstage with Melina Matsoukas, who wore dozens of gold watches on both arms, which also adorned a matching headpiece

Boot scootin: Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X posed in full western attire following their performance of Old Town Road

Peace: Marsai Martin flashed a peace sign after winning the Young Stars Award for producing and starring in Little


Red carpet queens: H.E.R. posed in a bold black patent leather look after performing onstage. Ella Mai showed off her trophy after winning the Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award

Couple goals: T.I. and wife Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris hit the red carpet after the rapper paid tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle


Backstage beauties: Ryan Destiny looked stunning in a silver wrap dress with fringe detailing at the bottom. Fantasia wore a corseted white pantsuit with an exposed arm and a jeweled choker

BET AWARDS 2019 WINNERS

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ – WINNER

ELLA MAI

H.E.R.

SOLANGE

SZA

TEYANA TAYLOR

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

ANDERSON .PAAK

BRUNO MARS – WINNER

CHILDISH GAMBINO

CHRIS BROWN

JOHN LEGEND

KHALID

 

Best Group

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

LIL BABY & GUNNA

MIGOS – WINNER

THE CARTERS

 

Best Collaboration

21 SAVAGE FT. J. COLE “A LOT “

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS “PLEASE ME”

CARDI B FT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN “I LIKE IT”

H.E.R. FT. BRYSON TILLER “COULD’VE BEEN”

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE “SICKO MODE” – WINNER

TYGA FT. OFFSET “TASTE”

 

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

21 SAVAGE

DRAKE

J. COLE

MEEK MILL – WINNER

NIPSEY HUSSLE

TRAVIS SCOTT

 

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

CARDI B – WINNER

KASH DOLL

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

 

Video of the Year

21 SAVAGE “A LOT” FT. J. COLE

CARDI B “MONEY”

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS “PLEASE ME”

CHILDISH GAMBINO “THIS IS AMERICA” – WINNER

DRAKE “NICE FOR WHAT”

THE CARTERS “APES**T”

 

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

KARENA EVANS – WINNER

 

Best New Artist

BLUEFACE

CITY GIRLS

JUICE WRLD

LIL BABY – WINNER

QUEEN NAIJA

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ERICA CAMPBELL FT. WARRYN CAMPBELL “ALL OF MY LIFE”

FRED HAMMOND “TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS”

KIRK FRANKLIN “LOVE THEORY”

SNOOP DOGG FT. RANCE ALLEN “BLESSING ME AGAIN” – WINNER

TORI KELLY FT. KIRK FRANKLIN “NEVER ALONE”

 Best International Act

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) – WINNER

DAVE (U.K.)

DOSSEH (FRANCE)

GIGGS (U.K.)

MR EAZI (NIGERIA)

 

Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

HEADIE ONE (U.K.)

JOK’AIR (FRANCE)

NESLY (FRANCE)

OCTAVIAN (U.K.)

SHO MADJOZI (AFRICA) – WINNER

TENIOLA APATA (AFRICA)

 

Best Actress

ISSA RAE

REGINA HALL

REGINA KING – WINNER

TARAJI P. HENSON

TIFFANY HADDISH

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DENZEL WASHINGTON

MAHERSHALA ALI

MICHAEL B. JORDAN – WINNER

OMARI HARDWICK

 

YoungStars Award

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

LYRIC ROSS

MARSAI MARTIN – WINNER

MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

MILES BROWN

 

Best Movie

“BLACKKKLANSMAN” – WINNER

“CREED II”

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK”

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE” 

“THE HATE U GIVE”

 

Sportswoman of the Year

ALLYSON FELIX

CANDACE PARKER

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

 

Sportsman of the Year

KEVIN DURANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

TIGER WOODS

 

Album of the Year

“ASTROWORLD” TRAVIS SCOTT

“CHAMPIONSHIPS” MEEK MILL

“ELLA MAI” ELLA MAI

“EVERYTHING IS LOVE” THE CARTERS

“INVASION OF PRIVACY” CARDI B – WINNER

 

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN “I LIKE IT”

CHILDISH GAMBINO “THIS IS AMERICA”

DRAKE “IN MY FEELINGS”

ELLA MAI “TRIP” – WINNER

J. COLE “MIDDLE CHILD”

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE “SICKO MODE”

 

BET Her Award

ALICIA KEYS “RAISE A MAN”

CIARA “LEVEL UP”

H.E.R. “HARD PLACE” – WINNER

JANELLE MONÁE “PYNK”

QUEEN NAIJA “MAMA’S HAND”

TEYANA TAYLOR “ROSE IN HARLEM”

 

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