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Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Ava DuVernay top 2018 BET Awards Winners

The 2018 BET Awards were held last night and Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and Ava DuVernay came away winners in Female Hip Hop Artist, Album of the Year (“DAMN.”) and Video Director of the Year, respectively. Cardi B also won the Coca Cola Viewers’ Choice Award for “Bodak Yellow,” besting Drake (who won Video of the Year for “God’s Plan”) and Kendrick Lamar (for “HUMBLE”).

DJ Khaled led with six nominations but managed just one win – Best Collaboration for “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Kendrick Lamar followed closely with five and Migos with four (they won the Best Group Award).

Black Panther took Best Movie and Best Actor (for Chadwick Boseman, sharing with his other film Marshall) and Best Actress went to Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip).

Here is the full list of nominees and winners (in bold).

Best Movie
Black Panther – WINNER
A Wrinkle in Time
Girls Trip
Mudbound
Detroit

Best Actress
Tiffany Haddish – WINNER
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Taraji P. Henson
Lupita Nyong’o
Letitia Wright

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman – WINNER
Denzel Washington
Donald Glover
Daniel Kaluuya
Michael B. Jordan
Sterling K. Brown

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars – WINNER
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar

Best Group Award
Migos – WINNER
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D.
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe X Halle

Best Collaboration Award
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” – WINNER
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off”
Cardi B featuring 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”
French Montana featuring Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna – “LOYALTY.”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Drake
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J. Cole

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars – WINNER
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B – WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
DeJ Loaf
Rapsody

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé – WINNER
Kehlani
H.E.R.
Rihanna
SZA

Video of the Year Award
Drake – “God’s Plan” – WINNER
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Migos featuring Drake – “Walk It Talk It”

Video Director of the Year Award
Ava Duvernay – WINNER
Benny Boom
Director X
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers

Best New Artist Award
SZA – WINNER
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
GOLDLINK
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” – WINNER
Snoop Dogg featuring B. Slade – “Words Are Few”
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”
Marvin Sapp – “Close”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard featuring Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”

Album of the Year Award
Damn. – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
CTRL – SZA
4:44 – Jay-Z
Culture II – Migos
Black Panther: The Album – Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists
Grateful – DJ Khaled

BET Her Award
Janelle Monae – Django Jane
Lizzo – Water Me
Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman – WINNER
Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown – Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)
Chloe X Halle – The Kids Are Alright
Leikeli47 – 2nd Fiddle

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
SZA featuring Travis Scott – “Love Galore”
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” – WINNER
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Migos featuring Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motor Sport”
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Best Gospel/Inspiration Award
Lacrae featuring Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” – WINNER
Snoop Dogg featuring B. Slade – “Words Are Few”
Ledisi and Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”
Marvin Sapp – “Close”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard featuring Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”

Best International Act
Davido (Nigeria) – WINNER
Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Stormzy (UK)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Niska (France)
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Stefflon Don (UK)
J Hus (UK)
Dadju (France)
Booba (France)

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi – WINNER
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown
Caleb McLaughlin
Ashton Taylor

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams – WINNER
Elana Meyers Taylor
Candace Parker
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James – WINNER
Odell Beckham, Jr.
Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Dwayne Wade

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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