The 2021 BET Awards: The Women Who Ran The ShowBy Asha Bey
Jun. 28 2021, Published 9:00 a.m. ET
BET hosted their biggest award show of the year last night in Los Angeles, California. This year’s theme for the BET Awards was “The Year of the Black Woman,” in honor of celebrating the excellence of Black women around the world. Live performances, a live audience, and lots of well-deserved awards were given to Black women who help shape and transform the industry.
The iconic actress and entrepreneur, Taraji P. Henson, hosted the awards show and gave us a little bit of everything through her looks! Henson also made it clear to the audience that the award show would 100% be all about celebrating Black women, “Look at us, though. Look around the room. Look at this power. The grace, the class, the edges. We are everything, honey. Celebrating Black women isn’t a fad or a trend. It’s a forever mood, okay? And there is more than enough room for all of us to thrive. ‘Cause can’t nobody be me like me. And can’t nobody be you like you. And tonight, I’m giving my sisters their flowers.”
Women Who Won Awards
Women dominated the categories and took home BET awards to prove it. Megan Thee Stallion took home three awards winning Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Viewer’s Choice Award with Beyoncé for their hit “Savage (Remix),” and Video of the Year with Cardi B for “WAP.”
R&B queen Jazmine Sullivan snagged the 2021 BET Award For Album of The Year with Heaux Tales. Sullivan beat out Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle, After Hours by The Weeknd, Blame it On Baby by Dababy, Good News by Megan Thee Stallion, and King’s Disease by Nas.
Other wins for the night included H.E.R, winning the 2021 BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist. Best Actress was rightfully given to Andra Day, the Youngstars Award went to Marsai Martin, SZA won the BET Her Award for her song “Good Days,” and Sportswoman of the Year Award was gifted to tennis superstar Naomi Osaka.
The biggest award won last night was the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Queen Latifah was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She delivered an emotional speech dedicated to her parents and her sisters in the rap industry.
“It’s my mother. It’s my father. Thank you so much everyone. Thank you my sisters, y’all my sisters in the name of rap. You always have been.” said Queen Latifah during her acceptance speech.
Queen Latifah continued to express gratitude, “I want to thank God because God designed this whole thing to be this way. There’s no way that I could have had the parents that I was born to. My father and my mother who instilled so much in me.”
Performances by Jazmine Sullivan and Ari Lennox, Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls had the crowd jumping. Migos performed their song “Straightenin’/“Type S*** with Cardi B where she revealed her baby bump while rapping her verse. Later that night, she posted a picture on Instagram with the caption “#2!”
Her Agenda sends a huge congratulations to the women who won and were nominated for BET awards this year! To learn more about the BET Awards 2021, visit BET.com/bet-awards.