2017 BET Awards Honor Beyonce and Chance The Rapper

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The 2017 BET Awards weekend brings out the stars and the hangers on that love them to downtown Los Angeles for a weekend of concerts, parties, and festivities that culminate in the actual awards show which was held last night at the Microsoft Theater. 

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The BET Awards celebrate African-American accomplishments in entertainment and sports, but for the sake of our coverage, we’re going to stay in our lane by keeping it to the music categories.

New mama, Beyonce beat out her own sister Solange and Bruno Mars for Album of the Year, although Mars did take home the Male R&B/Pop Artist. See the list of music award nominees and winners below.

The other big winner at the 2017 BET Awards show was Chance the Rapper who lost Best Male Hip Hop Artist to Kendrick Lamar (although he did win Best New Artist), but was honored with the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic efforts in Chicago by a stirring surprise cameo by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Other highlights included DJ Khaled performing “I’m the One” off his just released Grateful album with a bevy of stars and a George Michael tribute by Kamasi Washington with El Debarge.

2017 BET Music Award Winners and Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
WINNER: Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
WINNER: Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé Feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Chance The Rapper Feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – “No Problem”
Chris Brown Feat. Gucci Mane & Usher – party
DJ Khaled Feat. Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Shining”
WINNER: Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Feat. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
Chance The Rapper
J. Cole

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Young M.A

Video of the Year
WINNER: Beyoncé – “Sorry” (tie)
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
WINNER: Bruno Mars – “24k Magic” (tie)
Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom – Kehlani “Crzy”
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Director X – Zayn Malik “Like I Would”
Hype Williams – Tyga “Gucci Snakes Feat. Desiigner”
WINNER: Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé “Sorry”

Best New Artist
21 Savage
Cardi B
WINNER: Chance the Rapper
Young M.A

Album of the Year
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole
A Seat at the Table – Solange
Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
WINNER: Lemonade – Beyoncé