Silk Sonic, Kendrick Lamar and Tems were the top winners at the 2022 BET Awards, which were presented Sunday (June 26) at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Each won two awards. Silk Sonic took album of the year for An Evening With Silk Sonic and best group for the second year in a row. In addition, the duo’s Anderson .Paak was named video director of the year.
Lamar won best male hip-hop artist for a record fifth time. He had shared the record for most wins in the category with Drake with four wins each. Lamar also took video of the year for “Family Ties,” a collab with his cousin, Baby Keem.
Tems took best international act and also best collaboration for Wizkid’s “Essence” on which she was featured (along with Justin Bieber). The Afrobeats singer follows Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Stoneybwoy Ice Prince, 2face Idibia and D’banj.
The three artists who amassed the most nominations, Doja Cat (with six nods) and Ari Lennox and Drake (with four nods each), were shut out in terms of awards.
This year saw several first-time winners in key categories, including best female R&B/pop artist (Jazmine Sullivan), best male R&B/pop artist (The Weeknd), and best actress (Zendaya).
The award for “Essence” is Bieber’s first BET Award. He was nominated 12 years ago for best new artist and a “fandemonium” award.
This is the third year in a row that the award for best female R&B/pop artist has gone to a first-time category champ. Lizzo and H.E.R. won the last two years. Just before that, three women – Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Rihanna – had a lock on the award for 13 consecutive years (2007-19).
To win best male R&B/pop artist, The Weeknd topped Chris Brown, a six-time winner in the category, among others. The Weeknd wasn’t present to accept his award.
Latto became the second female rapper to win the BET Award for best new artist. Nicki Minaj was the first 12 years ago. Minaj went on to receive a Grammy nomination for best new artist – a feat Latto is likely to match later this year when the nominations for the 65th annual Grammy Awards are announced.
Megan Thee Stallion won best female hip-hop artist for the third year in a row, the longest winning streak in that category since Minaj won seven years running from 2010-16.
Full list of Winners BET Awards 2022
Album of the year – An Evening With Silk Sonic, Silk Sonic
Best female R&B/pop artist – Jazmine Sullivan
Best male R&B/pop artist – The Weeknd
Best female hip-hop artist – Megan Thee Stallion
Best male hip-hop artist – Kendrick Lamar
Best group – Silk Sonic
Best collaboration – “Essence,” Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems
Best new artist – Latto
Video of the year – “Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
Video director of the year – Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award – “We Win,” Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin
BET Her – “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige
Best international act – Tems (Nigeria)
Best movie – King Richard
Best actor – Will Smith, King Richard
Best actress – Zendaya, Euphoria | Spider-Man: No Way Home
Young Stars award – Marsai Martin
Sportswoman of the year award – Naomi Osaka
Sportsman of the year award – Stephen Curry