Beyoncé and SZA were the biggest winners at the 2023 BET Awards on Sunday night (6.25) held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and Solána Imani Rowe, respectively, both superstar musicians took home three awards a piece, tying for Album of the Year for ‘Renaissance’ and ‘SOS.’
Beyoncé’s other wins included Viewer’s Choice Award and the BET Her accolade for the ‘Break My Soul’ single, while SZA nabbed the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist prize and Video of the Year trophy for ‘Kill Bill.’ As both artists are currently on tour in Europe, neither was able to attend the ceremony.
Other big winners on the night included Drake, who won two prizes; Best Group for his team-up with 21 Savage and Best Collaboration for ‘Future’s Wait For U,’ which also features Tems.
Outside of the music categories, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was named Best Movie and its star Angela Bassett was crowned Best Actress. Snowfall actor Damson Idris won Best Actor, while Black-ish’s Marsai Martin received the YoungStars Award.
Busta Rhymes was presented with the annual lifetime achievement award and honoured with video tributes from the likes of Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.
The full list of this year’s BET Award winners is as follows:
Album of the Year: (TIE) Renaissance, Beyoncé and SOS, SZA
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: SZA
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: (TIE) Chris Brown and Usher
Best Group: Drake & 21 Savage
Best Collaboration: Wait For U, Future feat. Drake & Tems
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Latto
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Viewer’s Choice Award: Break My Soul, Beyoncé
BET Her: Break My Soul, Beyoncé
Video of the Year: Kill Bill, SZA
Video Director of the Year: Teyana ‘Spike Tey’ Taylor
Best New Artist: Coco Jones
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award: Bless Me, Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin