2022 BET Awards: Jazmine Sullivan wins the first award of the evening for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


2022 BET Awards: Jazmine Sullivan wins the first award of the evening for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

The 2022 BET Awards got off to a great start on Sunday, when Jazmine Sullivan won the first award of the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

Janelle Monae presented the first award, with Sullivan beating out Ari Lennox, Chlöe, Doja Cat, H.E.R., Mary J. Blige and Summer Walker at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The singer delivered a passionate plea to all of the men to support them, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

First winner: The 2022 BET Awards got off to a great start on Sunday, when Jazmine Sullivan won the first award of the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

First winner: The 2022 BET Awards got off to a great start on Sunday, when Jazmine Sullivan won the first award of the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

‘Hey thank you all. I love you too. As always, I do this for the women. For my sisters especially. It’s a hard time right now for us. I want to speak directly to the men. We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us,’ she began. 

‘If you have ever benefited from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate a pregnancy, you need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s This is everybody’s issue. We need your support more than ever, okay, fellas. Y’all got us? We’ve got y’all. You all have got us? Thank you so much,’ she concluded.

Will Packer and Idris Elba presented the Best New Artist, which was won by Latto, who beat out Baby Keem, Benny The Butcher, Muni Long, Tems, Yung Bleu.

Love: 'Hey thank you all. I love you too. As always, I do this for the women. For my sisters especially. It's a hard time right now for us. I want to speak directly to the men. We need you all. We need y'all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us,' she began

Love: ‘Hey thank you all. I love you too. As always, I do this for the women. For my sisters especially. It’s a hard time right now for us. I want to speak directly to the men. We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us,’ she began

‘Oh, my god. Can y’all hear me? Oh, my go. I said I wasn’t going to cry. Thank you, god. Thank you, mom. And we are watching. Thank you, mom. Thank you to my team. Oh, my go. Oh, my go. Never give in. A man policing my body,’ she began.

‘Hey, baby, I know you’re watching too. Thank you, baby. I said I was going to cry, yell. I’m so grateful if you know me and my story. It’s been a long time coming. I am so appreciative,’ she added.

‘My first award. And it’s my first award by black entertainment television, period. Shout out to all the other artists in the category, you deserve it just as much,’ she concluded.

Oscar-nominated star Taraji P. Henson is on hosting duties for a second year in a row at tonight’s BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Established in 2001, the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) awards celebrate African American stars in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

In a recent interview, Taraji spoke about the importance of the BET Awards, and how they have championed her throughout her career.

Host: Oscar-nominated star Taraji P. Henson is on hosting duties for a second year in a row at tonight's BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

Host: Oscar-nominated star Taraji P. Henson is on hosting duties for a second year in a row at tonight’s BET Awards, airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

‘No matter how big I get in my career, no matter how high my star may rise, I will never forget my community,’ she told Essence, talking about ceremony. 

‘The community is who told Hollywood, “Hey, pay attention to her.”‘ 

Taraji also told Variety how this year’s show will focus on celebrating Hollywood’s Black men, after saluting trailblazing Black women last year.

Salute: Taraji also told Variety how this year's show will focus on celebrating Hollywood's Black men, after saluting trailblazing Black women last year

Salute: Taraji also told Variety how this year’s show will focus on celebrating Hollywood’s Black men, after saluting trailblazing Black women last year

‘For me, it’s all about balance,’ Taraji explained. ‘We shone a light on the incredible Black women, and this year we need to uplift our men.’

That will including honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

‘He’s getting his flowers,’ she joked. ‘I thought it would be a great opportunity to lift him up and to lift up all those men that he’s inspired and those who have inspired him.’

Lifetime: That will including honoring Sean 'Diddy' Combs with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime: That will including honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award

However, female talent is still front and center as Doja Cat is leading the pack this year with an impressive six nominations, while Drake and Ari Lennox both have four each. 

The rapper’s hit album, Planet Her, will compete for album of the year while she is up for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Female Hip-Hop Artist.

Doja’s hit song, Woman, which made her the first female rapper to land three top 10 singles from one album, is also nominated.

Meanwhile, Drake scored nominations for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year. 

2022 BET Awards Winners and Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist 

Ari Lennox 

Chlöe

 Doja Cat

 H.E.R. 

Jazmine Sullivan  – WINNER

Mary J. Blige 

Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist 

 Blxst 

Chris Brown 

Givēon 

Lucky Daye

 The Weeknd 

Wizkid

 Yung Bleu

Best Group 

Bruno Mars Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) 

Chlöe x Halle 

City Girls

Lil Baby & Lil Durk

 Migos Young 

Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

‘Essence,’ Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems

‘Every Chance I Get,’ DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk

‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA

‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

‘Whole Lotta Money (Remix),’ BIA Feat. Nicki Minaj 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 

Cardi B 

Doja Cat

Latto 

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

Best Male Hip Hop Artist 

Drake

 Future

J. Cole 

Jack Harlow 

Kanye West 

Kendrick Lamar 

Lil Baby

Video of the Year

 ‘Family Ties,’ Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe

‘Kiss Me More,’ Doja Cat Feat. SZA 

‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox 

‘Smokin Out The Window,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

Video Director of the Year 

Anderson .Paak A.K.A. Director .Paak 

Benny Boom 

Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch 

Director X 

Hype Williams

Missy Elliott

Best New Artist

Baby Keem 

Benny The Butcher 

Latto  – WINNER

Muni Long 

Tems 

Yung Bleu

Album of the Year

 ‘An Evening with Silk Sonic,’ Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak (Silk Sonic) 

‘Back Of My Mind,’ H.E.R. 

‘Call Me If You Get Lost,’ Tyler, The Creator 

‘Certified Lover Boy,’ Drake 

‘Donda,’ Kanye West 

‘Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe,’ Jazmine Sullivan

‘Planet Her,’ Doja Cat

 

 

 

Best International Act 

Dave (UK) 

Dinos (France) 

Fally Ipupa (DRC) 

Fireboy DML (Nigeria) 

Little Simz (UK) 

Ludmilla (Brazil) 

Major League DJz (South Africa) 

Tayc (France) Tems (Nigeria)

Best Movie

‘Candyman’ ‘King Richard’

‘Respect’ ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ 

‘Summer of Soul’ ‘The Harder They Fall’

Best Actor 

Adrian Holmes, ‘Bel-Air’ 

Anthony Anderson, ‘Black-Ish’ 

Damson Idris, ‘Snowfall’ 

Denzel Washington, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ 

Forest Whitaker, ‘Respect’ and ‘Godfather of Harlem’ 

Jabari Banks, ‘Bel-Air’ Sterling K. Brown, ‘This Is Us’ 

Will Smith, ‘King Richard’

Best Actress 

Aunjanue Ellis, ‘King Richard’ 

Coco Jones, ‘Bel-Air’ 

Issa Rae, ‘Insecure’ 

Jennifer Hudson, ‘Respect’ 

Mary J. Blige, ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ 

Queen Latifah, ‘The Equalizer’ 

Quinta Brunson, ‘Abbott Elementary’ 

Regina King, ‘The Harder They Fall’ 

Zendaya, ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

YoungStars Award 

Akira Akbar 

Demi Singleton 

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown 

Saniyya Sidney 

Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award 

Brittney Griner 

Candace Parker 

Naomi Osaka 

Serena Williams 

Sha’Carri Richardson 

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award 

Aaron Donald 

Bubba Wallace 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ja Morant 

Lebron James Stephen Curry

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 

‘All In Your Hands,’ Marvin Sapp

‘Come To Life,’ Kanye West 

‘Grace,’ Kelly Price

‘Hallelujah,’ Fred Hammond

‘Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),’ H.E.R. & Tauren Wells

‘Jireh,’ Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music ‘We Win,’ Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin

BET Her

‘Best Of Me (Originals),’ Alicia Keys

‘Good Morning Gorgeous,’ Mary J. Blige 

‘Have Mercy,’ Chlöe ‘Pressure,’ Ari Lennox

‘Roster,’ Jazmine Sullivan 

‘Unloyal,’ Summer Walker & Ari Lennox 

‘Woman,’ Doja Cat

 

 

 

 

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