The 2022 BET Awards took place yesterday in Los Angeles and as usual, it excited fans of music and movies worldwide with its nominations which were announced on June 1 and performances on June 26. The show was hosted by award-winning actress and singer, Taraji P. Henson.

Many exciting moments were recorded and among them was the performance of YBNL’s very own  Fireboy DML who broke a record as the first Afrobeat artist to perform on the BET Awards stage.

The singer said, “Nigeria produces the best Afrobeat songs” when asked how he felt about it. Honestly, it’s such a blessing to be part of the forerunners of this culture and I’m just really excited to see Afrobeats go global because this is what we’ve been fighting for, for centuries. I’m honoured to be part of the generation that made it possible.”

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Fireboy DML performing on the BET Awards stage.

Another exciting feature at the 2022 BET Awards was the ceremony itself. Below is the list of winners across all categories.

International Act

Nominees — Fireboy DML, Little Simz, Dave, Major League DJZ, Tayc, Tems, Fally Ipupa, Ludmilla, Dinoz.

Winner — Tems

Young Stars Award

Nominees — Demi Singleton, Akira Akbar, Saniyya Sydney, Storm Reid, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin

Winner — Marsai Martin.

Sportswoman of the Year

Nominees —Candace Parker, Serena Williams, Sha’Carri Richardson, Simon Biles, Naomi Osaka and Britney Griner

Winner — Naomi Osaka.

Sportsman of the year

Nominees— Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Ja Morant, Aaron Donald, Bubba Wallace, Giannis Antetokounmpo

Winner — Stephen Curry

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Video Director of the year 

Nominees — Messy Elliot, Director X, Benny Boom, Beyonce, Hype Williams, Anderson Paak, and Dikayl Rimmasch 

Winner— Anderson Paak

Male RnB Pop Artiste. 

Nominees— The Weeknd, Yung Bleu, Blxst, Wizkid, Giveon, Chris Brown, Lucky Daye

Winner — The Weeknd

Gospel Inspirational Artiste

Nominees — Kirk Franklin, Elevation worship, Maverick City, Fred Hammond, Lil Baby, Tauren Wells, Marvin Saap, Kelly Price, H.E.R, Ye.

Winners — Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby. 

Best Movie 

Nominees — King Richard, The Harder They Fall, Respect, Candyman, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Summer of Soul

Winner— King Richard

Female RnB Pop Artist

Nominees — Doja Cat, Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, H.E.R, Mary J. Blige, Chloe Bailey, Ari Lennox

Winner — Jazmine Sullivan. 

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Hist of the night – Taraji P. Henson

Male Hip Hop Artist

Nominees — Drake, Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, Ye, Future, Lil Baby, J.Cole.

Winner — Kendrick Lamar. 

Best Actor

Nominees — Sterling K Brown, Will Smith, Adrian Holmes, Forest Whitaker, Jabari Brown, Denzel Washington, Damson Idris, Anthony Anderson. 

Winner — Will Smith

Best Collaboration

Nominees— Essence, Every Chance I get, Whole Lotta Money, Kiss Me More, Family Ties, Way 2 Sexy. 

Winner — Essence (Wizkid, Tems, and Justin Bieber) 

Female Hip Hop Artist 

Nominees — Nicki Minaj, Meghan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Latto

Winner Best — Meghan Thee Stallion

Best Actress 

Nominees—Quinta Brunson, Issa Rae, Zendaya, Queen Latifah, Coco Jones, Mary J Blige, Aunjanue Ellis, Jennifer Hudson

Winner— Zendaya (Spiderman: No Way Home & Euphoria) 

Album of the year

Nominees — Call me if you get lost, An evening with Silk Sonic, Haeux Tales, Planet Her, Back of my mind, Donda, Certified Lover Boy

Winner — An Evening With Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Silk Sonic and Anderson Paak) 

Video of the year 

Nominees — Kiss Me More, Have Mercy, Pressure, Way 2 Sexy, Family Ties, Smokin Out the window, 

Winner — Family Ties (Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem) and Smoking Out the window (Silk Sonic) 


Nominees — Mary J Blige, Doja Cat, Ari Lennox, Chloe Bailey, Jazmine Sull, Summer Walker and Alicia Keys. 

Winner — Mary J Blige. 

Best Group

Nominees— Chloe X Halle, Migos, Young Dolph, Lil Baby & Lil Durk, SILK Sonic, Key Durk, City Girls. 

Winner — Silk Sonic. 

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Sean “Diddy” Combs, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2022 BET Awards.

New Artist

Nominees — Tems, Latto, Priscilla Renea, Baby Keem, Benny the butcher, Yung Bleu

Winner — Latto. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner — Sean Combs

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