BET Awards 2015: Winners List

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Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj among the early winners.

Kendrick Lamar opened the 2015 BET Awards with a powerful performance of "Alright." 

British singer Sam Smith continued his hot streak at music awards shows, picking up the night's first prize for best new artist, beating out the likes of Fetty Wap and Bobby Shmurda

Nicki Minaj brought her mom on stage as she picked up the award for best female hip-hop artist. The Weeknd picked up the Centric award for "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. 

Notable performances included Diddy bringing the Bad Boy family back together by performing with Lil' KimFaith Evans, 112 and Mase

Janet Jackson, the recipient of the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual award, also performed. 

The ceremony was hosted by Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who took part in an Empire sketch that was interrupted by Terrence Howard.


Full list of winners.

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown — “Only” (WINNER)
Beyonce — “7/11″
DeJ Loaf — “Try Me”
Kendrick Lamar — “i”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug — “Throw Sum Mo”
The Weeknd — “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack) 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Chris Brown (WINNER)
August Alsina
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz
Usher

Centric Award

The Weeknd — “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack) (WINNER)
Avery Sunshine — “Call My Name”
Jazmine Sullivan feat. Meek Mill — “Dumb”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Sam Smith feat. Mary J. Blige — “Stay With Me”

Best New Artist 

Sam Smith (WINNER)
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tinashe

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist 

Nicki Minaj (WINNER)
Azealia Banks
DeJ Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Tink
Trina

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
Big Sean
Common
Drake
J. Cole
Wale

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyonce (WINNER)
Ciara
Janelle Monae
Jhene Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna

Best Group

Rae Sremmurd (WINNER)
A$AP Mob
Jodeci
Migos
Rich Gang
Young Money

Best Collaboration

Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma) (WINNER)
August Alsina feat. Nicki Minaj – “No Love (Remix)”
Big Sean Feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown Feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Video of the Year

Beyonce – “7/11″ (WINNER)
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma)
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Video Director of the Year

Beyonce, Ed Burke, & Todd Tourso (WINNER)
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams
Benny Boom

Best Gospel Artist

Lecrae (WINNER)
Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

Best International Act: Africa

Stonebwoy (Ghana) (WINNER)
AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.

Stormzy (WINNER)
fka Twigs
Fuse ODG
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz
Mnek

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