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Cardi B, Queen Latifah and Lil Nas X shine at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) – Cardi B’s “WAP” had new meaning at the BET Awards: winner and pregnant.

The Grammy-winning star made her baby bump debut in a live performance on Sunday alongside husband Offset as well as Quavo and Takeoff of Migos. She also won Video of the Year for her # 1 Megan Thee Stallion Assisted Success, “WAP”.

Cardi B didn’t stay to accept the honor at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but Megan Thee Stallion rushed on stage to collect the award, forgetting to thank Cardi during her speech.

But the “Savage” rapper caught up with her by winning the award for best female hip-hop artist moments later.

“I really forgot to say ‘thank you Cardi’ for even putting me on ‘WAP’ because it makes me so happy to be recognized by one of my peers, who I think about so much,” said Megan Thee Stallion, who was the big winner of the evening with four trophies. “I think very hard of all the women who were nominated in this category.”

As well as celebrating female performers, the BET Awards also highlighted gay pride with an alluring performance by Lil Nas X and Queen Latifah, who thanked her partner and son when she accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As she shook the thanks, she said, “Ebony, my love, Rebel, my love.” The 51-year-old ended with: “Peace! Good pride! “

Queen Latifah was honored for her illustrious career as a Grammy-winning rapper, Golden Globe-winning actress, and Emmy-winning television producer. Rapsody and Monie Love kicked off the tribute with a performance of “Ladies First”, which was followed by Lil Kim and MC Lyte rapping the classic “UNITY”

Lil Nas X wowed the crowd with his No.1 hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, which ended with the rapper locking lips with a background dancer, as the crowd roared loudly. Some members of the audience jumped out of their seats in praise.

Its scene was set in ancient Egypt, much like Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”, which Lil Nas X paid homage to with a skilled dance break during the performance.

Mothers were also greeted during the more than three-hour show: Queen Latifah, who was present with her father, held a photo of her mother on stage; Megan Thee Stallion recalled her mother, who passed away in 2019, during her speech: “She can’t be here with me today but I still think about her every day and that’s why I keep on going.” And Jazmine Sullivan – who won Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed EP “Heaux Tales” – attended the show with her cancer-fighting mother.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago so we haven’t seen any of this happen, but God has been so faithful to us and my mom is in remission,” she said. declared. “This is my price. It is my present. It means more to me than anything that she is here with me. She has supported me all my life.

The ceremony was dedicated to “the year of the black woman,” as actor and host Taraji P. Henson headlined the show. Rep. Maxine Waters said her signature phrase – “get my time back” – before Sullivan took the stage for a sultry, top-notch performance starring R&B singer Ari Lennox. The evening’s top prize went to Andra Day, who won the Best Actress award, while Darnella Frazier – the teenager who pulled out her cell phone and started recording when she saw George Floyd being nailed. on the ground by a policeman – received the Shine a Lumière Award.

Frazier did not attend the awards show, but the honor came weeks after she received a special Pulitzer Prize citation for her video which helped start a global movement to protest racial injustice .

HER, who also wowed audiences with her performance, won the award for Best Female R & B / Pop Artist. The Grammy winner told the crowd that it was “important for us to recognize and celebrate ourselves.”

“If we don’t, who else will?” She added.

Rapper Lil Baby took home the award for best male hip-hop artist and teamed up with gospel artist Kirk Franklin to kick off the show with a performance that bounced Issa Rae, Queen Latifah, DJ Khaled and Zendaya in their seats.

Swizz Beatz hosted the tribute to DMX, who died in April at the age of 50. Performers included Busta Rhymes, Method Man, The Lox, Michael K. Williams, and Griselda.

Other Sunday winners included Chris Brown, who took home the award for best male R & B / pop artist; Giveon, named best new artist; and Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars and Anderson’s duo .Paak – won the award for best group. Chadwick Boseman won the Best Actor award posthumously.

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