The BET Awards has always shown love and appreciation to the celebrated and emerging female artists that are impacting and moving the culture forward. The 20th BET Awards will be premiere virtually because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on June 28, and ahead of this year’s annual celebration of Black music, here are eight times that female artists have swept up the accolades.
The rising rap star was up against some stiff competition. The other albums up for nomination were Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Meek Mill’s Championships, Ella Mai’s self-titled debut album, and The Carter’s Love Is Everything.
The first lady of Top Dawg Entertainment beat out burgeoning music stars H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, GoldLink and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie for the accolade.
The R&B superstar also recieved Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom”), Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award, and tied with Bruno Mars for Video of the Year (“Sorry”).
A longtime fixture behind the scenes as a songwriter, Hilson’s introductory record put her on the public’s radar. She beat out Kid Cudi, Ryan Leslie, M.I.A. and Jazmine Sullivan for the accolade.
Although she hadn’t released any music at the time, the American Idol alum nabbed Best New Artist AND Best Actress for her role as Effie White in the 2006 musical drama, Dreamgirls.
An R&B newcomer at the time, Alicia had just released her acclaimed debut studio album, Songs in A Minor. The New York-bred songstress beat out Tweet, B2K, Ashanti and Craig David.
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