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Usher, Tyla & More Make History at 2024 BET Awards

Usher, Tyla & More Make History at 2024 BET Awards

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Usher had a tremendous night at the 2024 BET Awards, held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30. He not only received a lifetime achievement award but also took home the award for best male R&B/pop artist for the fifth time.

Usher now stands just behind Chris Brown, who has seven wins in the same category. Usher first won the award 22 years ago, giving him the longest winning span in any BET category.

At 45, Usher is the second youngest to receive the BET lifetime achievement award. Whitney Houston, the first recipient in 2001, received it at the age of 37.

Tyla and Victoria Monét were each double award winners. Tyla won best new artist and best international act, becoming only the third non-U.S. born artist to win best new artist. Her predecessors are Nicki Minaj from Trinidad and Sam Smith from England. Tyla’s hit “Water” reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January and won the Grammy for best African music performance in February.

Victoria Monét’s “On My Mama” won video of the year and the BET Her award, which recognizes motivational and empowering songs by women artists. The track received Grammy nominations for record of the year and best R&B song. Directed by Child., the video also won the same category at the Soul Train Music Awards in November.

Killer Mike’s album Michael won album of the year. It had already secured the best rap album at the Grammys on February 4. Despite peaking at No. 58 on the Billboard 200, Killer Mike’s speech briefly touched on his arrest following a dispute with a security guard on the night of the Grammy’s premiere ceremony.

SZA won best female R&B/pop artist for the second consecutive year, making her the first to achieve back-to-back wins since Beyoncé’s six consecutive wins from 2014 to 2019.

Regina King won best actress for the third time, a feat only matched by Taraji P. Henson with six wins and Halle Berry with three. King starred in Shirley, a biopic about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress who also sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. Directed and written by John Ridley, the film briefly ran in theaters before debuting on Netflix in March with the tagline, “Fearless. Fierce. First.”

Angel Reese, power forward for the Chicago Sky basketball team, won sportswoman of the year for the second consecutive year. Jalen Brunson, point guard for the New York Knicks, won sportsman of the year.

This story will be updated as more winners are announced.

Source: Particle News, Billboard