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UPDATE: Across BET, BET HER and for the first time ever, CBS, the 2020 BET Awards amassed 3.7m viewers total, up 54% from last year. Sunday night's broadcast marks the event's largest audience since 2017. 

The Black Lives Matter movement was omnipresent at the 20th annual edition of the BET Awards Sunday, staged virtually with prerecorded performances. Roddy Ricch, Lizzo, Chris Brown and DaBaby were among the winners.

The political angle was most prominent in two performances: DaBaby honored the memory of George Floyd and other murder victims in his performance of "Rockstar," while Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy revisited 1989’s "Fight the Power" with new lyrics from Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody and YG.

Beyoncé received a lifetime achievement award and encouraged viewers to vote.

"I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change," she said. "Your voices are being heard and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power, and that is to vote. There are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country. We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does."

Among the standout performers were Chloe x Halle and Summer Walker, who was joined by Usher. Amanda Seales was the host of the event, which aired on CBS for the first time. BET will rebroadcast the event on Wednesday.

The winners 

Album of the Year Roddy Ricch - Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Lizzo

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown

Best Group
Migos

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown f/Drake - “No Guidance”

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
DaBaby

Video of the Year
DJ Khaled f/Nipsey Hussle & John Legend - “Higher”

Video Director of the Year
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist
RoddyRicch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin - “Just for Me”

Best International Act
Burna Boy

Best New International Act
ShaSha

Best Actress
Issa Rae

Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan

Young Stars Award
Marsai Martin

Best Movie
Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of the Year
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James

2020 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Megan Thee Stallion f/Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign - “Hot Girl Summer”

BET Her Award
Beyonce f/Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint Jhn - “Brown Skin Girl”

 

BLACK MUSIC MONTH: THE GET-DOWN PART (ON WAX)
Rap's Book of Genesis (7/1a)
SYLVIA RHONE:
"TIME FOR ACTION"
This trailblazer knows exactly what she's talking about. (6/30a)
LIL BABY LEADS
AT THE HALF
From outlier to superstar (6/30a)
GABBY'S GOLDMINE STREAMS TO A NEW MILESTONE
Youngster breaking new ground (6/30a)
REMINDER: SUBMIT GRAMMY ENTRIES BY MONDAY
What are you waiting for? (6/30a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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