BET Awards ‘20: 8 Times Women Owned Black Music’s Biggest Night

Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award onstage during the 2019 BET awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images)

BET Awards ‘20: 8 Times Women Owned Black Music’s Biggest Night

Eight times female artists have owned Black music’s biggest night.

Published May 27th

Written by BET Staff

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. 

  1. 2019: Cardi B Won Album Of The Year For ‘Invasion Of Privacy’
    Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award onstage during the 2019 BET awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images)
    (Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images)

    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.

  2. 2018: Fresh Off The Critical Success Of Debut Studio Album, ‘CTRL,’ SZA Won Best New Artist
    onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)

    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.

  3. 2017: Beyoncé Swept The Awards, Nabbing Album Of The Year For Her Acclaimed ‘Lemonade’ Album
    onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET)

    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”).

  4. 2016: Nicki Minaj Won Her Seventh Straight Female Hip Hop Artist Of The Year In A Row
    poses in the press room during the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
  5. 2010: Alicia Keys Won Best Female R&B Artist And Best Collaboration For ‘New York Empire State Of Mind’ Alongside Jay-Z
    onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
  6. 2009: Keri Hilson Won Best New Artist For Her Debut Album, ‘In A Perfect World’
    poses in the press room at the 2009 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)

    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.

     

  7. 2007: Jennifer Hudson Walked Away With Two Major Awards
    Jennifer Hudson accepts Best Actress award during BET Awards 2007 - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)
    (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)

    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

     

  8. 2002: Alicia Keys Nabbed Best New Artist At The Second Annual BET Awards Ceremony
    Alicia Keys, winner for Best New Artist during The 2nd Annual BET Awards - Show at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
    (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)

    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.

(Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images)

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