Megan Thee Stallion won the best female hip-hop artist, beating two former category winners – Cardi B, who had won in the past two years, and seven-time winner Nicki Minaj.
DaBaby won the best male hip-hop artist, beating Drake, four-time winner, among others.
Gymnast Simone Biles won the Sportswoman of the Year award for the first time. She beat tennis legend Serena Williams (who had won 12 times in the category, including the past six consecutive years).
Here are other artists who made history at the BET Awards.
Blue Ivy Carter, the eight-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, shared the BET HER award for “Brown Skin Girl”, with her mother, Wizkid and SAINt JHN. This made Blue Ivy the youngest winner in BET history. The old record was owned by Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who was 10 years old in 2011 when she shared the YoungStars Prize with her then 12-year-old brother Jaden Smith.
Roddy Ricch’s first album, Please excuse me for being anti-social, won the album of the year. This is the second year in a row that a debut album has won this award. Last year’s winner was Cardi B Violation of privacy. Ricch also won the Best New Artist award, despite fierce competition from Lil Nas X and Summer Walker.
Chris Brown won best male R & B / pop artist for the fifth record time. He beat The Weeknd, which has yet to win in this category. Brown also won the best collaboration for his hit “No Guidance” (with Drake).
Migos won the best group for the fourth time, a category record. They were tied with OutKast, which he won three times.
Kirk Franklin won the Dr Bobby Jones asset gospel / inspirational award for “Just For Me”, beating Kanye West, among others. This is Franklin’s fourth win in the category, placing him on a par with Yolanda Adams for the most wins in the history of the category.
DJ Khaled’s “Higher” (with late Nipsey Hussle and John Legend) won the video of the year. This is the first collaboration to win in this category since “Otis” by Jay-Z and West (who credited the late Otis Redding as a featured artist) eight years ago.
Michael B. Jordan won the best actor for the third time, matching Denzel Washington for the most wins in the history of the category. Ascendant Jordan has won all three awards in the past five years. Washington’s last victory dates back to 2008.
Major basketball LeBron James won the title of athlete of the year for the seventh time, further strengthening his lead as the best winner in this category.
Queen & Slim won the best film. This is only the second film by a woman to win in this category (presented in 2010). Melina Matsoukas supervised Queen & Slim Ava DuVernay directed Selma, winner 2015.
Marsai Martin, ABC’s 15-year co-star blackish, won the YoungStars award for the second year in a row. She is the third performer to win twice in this category, after Yara Shahidi and Keke Palmer.
Burna Boy won the best international number for the second year in a row. The artist is originally from Nigeria, as is the 2018 winner Davido.