The 2022 BET Awards will be presented on Sunday evening.
The show kicked off with host Taraji P. Henson, presenter Janelle Monae and Best R&B/Pop Artist winner Jazmine Sullivan all addressing the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the first 17 minutes of the show.
“Guns have more rights than a woman,” Henson said in her monologue. “It’s a sad day in America. A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life, if she wishes.
Monae gave the middle finger and said, “Fuck you, Supreme Court” (the swear word was bleep), while Sullivan called on men to support women in the fight for their rights.
Latto, winner of Best New Artist, later joined the critics against the Supreme Court.
Before the show, Doja Cat topped the nominations with a total of six mentions, including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Ari Lennox and Drake follow with four names each, while Baby Keem, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), Chlöe, Future, HER, Jazmine Sullivan, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige and Tems won three names each.
The awards, which recognize “creative expression and black excellence in music, television, film and sports, will be presented during the 2022 BET Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Taraji P. Henson is hosting.
Additionally, Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the show. He will also take the stage for a tribute performance featuring Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans and The Maverick City Choir.
BET Awards nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, made up of entertainment professionals working in music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and the creative arts.
BET’s Connie Orlando will oversee the show, along with Jamal Noisette. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the show’s production company with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as executive producers.
The list of nominees below will be updated as they are announced live. Update for latest. Check out photos from the red carpet here.
Best R&B/Pop Female Artist
JAZMINE SULLIVAN (WINNER)
MARY J. BLIGE
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC
CHLOE X HALLE
LIL BABY & LIL DURK
YOUNG DOLPH & GLOCK KEY
ESSENCE – WIZKID FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER & TEMS (WINNER)
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
ALL LOTTA’S MONEY (REMIX) – BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
MEGAN THEE STALLION
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Video of the Year
FAMILY TIES BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR
HAVE MERCY CHLÖE
FUCK ME MORE DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA
ARI LENNOX PRESSURE
SMOKIN THROUGH THE WINDOW BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC
WAY 2 SEXY DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG
Video director of the year
ANDERSON .PAAK AKA DIRECTOR .PAAK
BEYONCÉ & DIKAYL RIMMASCH
Best New Artist
BENNY THE BUTCHER
album of the year
AN EVENING WITH SILK SONIC, BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON.PAAK, SILK SONIC
BACK FROM MY SPIRIT, SHE
CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, TYLER, THE CREATOR
CERTIFIED LOVER BOY, DRAKE
DONDA, KANYE WEST
HEAUX TALES, MO’TALES: LE DELUXE, JAZMINE SULLIVAN
PLANET HER, CAT DOJA
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
EVERYTHING IN YOUR HANDS, MARVIN SAPP
COME TO LIFE, KANYE WEST
GRACE, KELLY PRICE
HALLUJAH, FRED HAMMOND
HOLD US TOGETHER (HOPE MIX), ELLE AND TAUREN WELLS
JIREH, CULT ELEVATION AND MAVERICK CITY MUSIC
WE WILL WIN, LIL BABY X, KIRK FRANKLIN (WINNER)
PUT it on
BEST OF ME (ORIGINALS), ALICIA KEYS
HELLO MAGNIFICENT, MARY J. BLIGE (WINNER)
HAVE MERCY CHLOE
PRESSURE, ARI LENNOX
ALIGNMENT, JAZMINE SULLIVAN
UNLOYAL, SUMMER WALKER & ARI LENNOX
WOMAN, DOJA CAT
Best International Act
FALLY IPUPA (DRC)
FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)
LITTLE SIMZ (UK)
MAJOR LEAGUE DJZ (SOUTH AFRICA)
SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
SUMMER OF THE SOUL
The more they fall
ADRIAN HOLMES, BEL AIR
ANTHONY ANDERSON, BLACK
DAMSON IDRIS, SNOWFALL
DENZEL WASHINGTON, THE MACBETH TRAGEDY
FOREST WHITAKER, RESPECT | GODFATHER OF HARLEM
JABARI BANKS, BEL AIR
STERLING K. BROWN IS US
WILL SMITH, KING RICHARD
AUNJANUE ELLIS, KING RICHARD
COCO JONES, BEL AIR
ISSA RAE, INSECURE
JENNIFER HUDSON, RESPECT
MARY J. BLIGE, BOOK OF POWER II: GHOST
QUEEN LATIFAH, THE EQUALIZER
QUINTA BRUNSON, ABBOTT PRIMARY
REGINA KING, HARDER THEY FALL
ZENDAYA, EUPHORIA | SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
Sportswoman of the year award
Athlete of the Year Award