The 2016 BET Awards took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend, and if the social media buzz is anything to go by, it was one for the books!

The awards show, which celebrate and recognises the phenomenal achievements of black entertainers, artists, actors and athletes around the world, had with many colossal moments. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar shut the place down with their surprise, and mind-blowing performance of Freedom (a noteworthy track on Bey’s latest offering, Lemonade), while Grey’s Anatomy actor Jessie Williams’ speech earned him a standing ovation when he accepted his Humanitarian Award.

Jessie shone a light on the Black Lives Matter campaign, speaking as a participating and leading activist for the movement.

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He said: “This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves – we can and will do better for you…

“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do, sit down.

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold! – ghettoising and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.

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“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”

The BET weekend was historical for South Africans too; DJ Black Coffee made us proud by becoming the first South African to win a BET award for Best International Act in the African category. In addition, rapper Cassper Nyovest was the first South African to be interviewed on popular US hip-hop radio show Sway In The Morning, while rapper AKA gave a phenomenal performance at the BET Hip Hop Around the World Experience, a prelude to the big night.

Indeed a weekend of firsts!

The main awards show that took place on Sunday, boasted a celebration of melanin magic on the red carpet. In attendance was SA’s Bonang Matheba, Nandi Mngoma (who wore a dress from her debut collection, COLOUR, in collaboration with designer Inga Madyibi), Lerato Kganyago, Terry Pheto, Nomzamo Mbatha, and a few others.

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These are our favourite looks from the 2016 BET red carpet:

Below is the complete list of winners:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
BEYONCÉ

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRYSON TILLER

Best Group
DRAKE & FUTURE 

Best Collaboration
RIHANNA FT DRAKE – Work

PHOTOS: 2016 BET Awards: Red Carpet Arrivals

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DRAKE

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
NICKI MINAJ

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – Formation

Video Director of the Year
DIRECTOR X

Best New Artist
BRYSON TILLER

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 
KIRK FRANKLIN

Best Actress
TARAJI P. HENSON *WINNER*

Best Actor
MICHAEL B. JORDAN

YoungStars Award
AMANDLA STENBERG

Best Movie
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Sportswoman of the Year
SERENA WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year
STEPHEN CURRY

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – Formation

Centric Award
BEYONCÉ – Formation

Best International Act – Africa
BLACK COFFEE

Best International Act – UK
SKEPTA

Humanitarian Award
Jesse Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award
Samuel L. Jackson

The awards show will be broadcast on BET Africa on 28 June at 7pm.

Additional source: Billboard.com
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