At 2021 BET Awards, Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” Wins Album of the Year Award

Jazmine Sullivan’s fourth record, “Heaux Tales,” won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday night.

The singer-songwriter’s 14-track EP was nominated for this honor along with albums by The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Nas and Chloe X Halle.

Sullivan was joined on stage to accept the award by her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and is now in remission. The musician said they “never would have expected to be here” and “haven’t seen any of this happen” given the events of the past two years.

“(My mom) is my prize, it’s my gift,” Sullivan said. “It means more to me than anything that she is here with me. She has supported me all my life. She has pushed and led me all my life, so I am so grateful to her.”

The 34-year-old Philly native also dedicated the honor to black women.

“This award is bigger than me,” Sullivan said. “This is for all the women, all the black women who are amazing and strong that have inspired me all my life. I am so glad I got to tell some of our stories. I hope you are all proud. . “

Sullivan also performed his new single “Tragic”, as well as one of the album’s hit songs called “On It” with singer Ari Lennox, at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Sullivan was also nominated this year for Best Female R&B Artist, but lost to ELLE.

When released in January, “Heaux Tales” debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. It became Sullivan’s highest-end album and the second top 10 album of his career following his debut album “Fearless” in 2008.

“Heaux Tales” also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Best R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Best R & B / Hip Hop Albums chart. It was Sullivan’s first record since “Reality Show” in 2015.

“Heaux Tales” includes hit singles like “Lost One”, “Pick Up Your Feelings” and “Girl Like Me” with HER The critically acclaimed album was recorded primarily at Sullivan’s home in Philadelphia.

A graduate of Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Sullivan sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LV in February alongside country music star Eric Church. She was also featured earlier this year in NPR’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”.

The 2021 BET Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, were hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson. The event celebrated the achievements in music, films, television and sports of the past year.

Megan Thee Stallion won the most BET Awards this year with four awards, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist. The full list of winners is available on the BET website.