This year’s 2020 BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” brought together some of the hottest names in music to celebrate Hip Hop’s biggest night. Comedians, actors, hosts of the “85 South Show” podcast and stars of “Wild N’ Out” – comedy supergroup 85 South (Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean) co-hosted the annual show that premiered Wednesday, 28 October 2020 on BET Africa DStv channel 129 and will repeaton Friday 30 October at 21:30 CAT and on Saturday 31 October at 14:00.
UK rapper Stormzy took home the award for ‘Best International Flow. The “Best International Flow” is a category that recognises the best MC’s from around the world who have achieved excellence in their craft, this includes artists from the African Continent, Europe and South America.
Commented Hip Hop Artist Stormzy, “Thank you to BET Hip Hop Awards for honouring me with the “Best International Flow” award I am truly grateful, I feel blessed and honoured. This is my third BET Award and I am humbled as the first time I won five years ago. We have great talent around the world that are dropping amazing music and thank you BET for recognising the international talent.”
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Editorial VCN Africa/Peer Lead, BET International says, “The success of the BET Hip Hop awards 2020 is testament to the amazing, strong, black talent we enjoy worldwide. BET continues to lend its voice by using the power of the brand to promote excellence and culture. The 2020 Hip Hop Awards was a great mix of entertainment and humour while also conveying a strong message for unity, equality and social justice. We will continue to showcase and celebrate black culture globally. Congratulations to Stormzy for winning Best International Flow and congratulations to all winners and nominees for a job well done.”.”
Megan Thee Stallion ruled the night with three wins for ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ’Hip Hop Artist of the Year’ and a shared ‘Best Collaboration’ with Beyoncé for the “Savage (remix).” Beyoncé also took home an additional win for ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse’ for the track. Roddy Ricch was a double winner for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial.” Pop Smoke was posthumously crowned ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist.’
Cordae opened the show with a powerful freestyle about the importance of voting followed by ‘Impact Track’ winner Lil Baby performing his hit single “We Paid” with 42 Dugg. The City Girls blazed the stage with anthems ‘Kitty Talk’ and ‘Jobs’ in their first televised performance since JT’s release last year. Taking the stage for her television debut, Mulatto treated viewers to a medley of ‘Youngest N Richest,’ ‘B**** From Da Souf’ and ‘Muwop’ with an appearance from Gucci Mane. Quavo performed a special tribute to Pop Smoke that included “Shake the Room” and “Aim For the Moon.” Snoop Dogg honoured the ‘I Am Hip Hop’ Award recipient Master P. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne closed out the show in a major way with their hit single “Money Maker.” With the election less than a week away, Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris made a surprise appearance with an impassioned plea urging viewers to let their voices be heard at the polls.
During the timely “Hip Hop Cares” segments, G Herbo and Trae Tha Truth were spotlighted for their tireless work giving back to their communities and the world at large through social justice, mental health and environmental activism. Rappers Reuben Vincent, Bobby Sessions and Pretty Yellow shared fiery voting freestyles throughout the show.
The much-anticipated cyphers were hosted by DJ Hed and featured a bevy of emcees, R&B songstresses and reggae stars dropping hot sixteens including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Original Koffee, Shenseea, Skip Marley, ZJ Liquid, Adé, Buddy, Deanté Hitchcock, and Flo Milli. Singers Brandy, Erykah Badu, H.E.R. and Teyana Taylor joined forces for a show stopping, all-female collaboration. Rappers Chika, Flawless Real Talk, Jack Harlow, Polo G and Rapsody let their voices be heard in the first ever “Social Justice” cypher.
Presenters for the evening included Hip Hop heavyweights Snoop Dogg and T.I. along with R&B superstar Monica.
The show premiered LIVE on BET Africa DStv channel 129 at 03:00 CAT / 02:00 WAT on 28 October and at 19:30 CAT / 18:30 WAT.
REPEATS on BET AFRICA DStv Channel 129.
30th October at 21:30 CAT , 31st October at CAT 14:00 1st November at 17:05 CAT
The complete list of 2020 BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” winners are:
BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
FUTURE FEATURING DRAKE – “LIFE IS GOOD”
MEGAN THEE STALLION FEATURING BEYONCÉ – “SAVAGE (REMIX)”
BEST DUO OR GROUP
CHRIS BROWN AND YOUNG THUG
BEST LIVE PERFORMER
LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MEGAN THEE STALLION
SONG OF THE YEAR
RODDY RICCH – “THE BOX” (PRODUCED BY 30 ROCK & DATBOISQUEEZE)
HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
RODDY RICCH – “PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL”
BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST
HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
MEGAN THEE STALLION
SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
BEYONCÉ – “SAVAGE (REMIX)”
LIL BABY – “THE BIGGER PICTURE”
DJ OF THE YEAR
BEST HIP HOP PLATFORM
THE JOE BUDDEN PODCAST
BET launched its first-ever consumer products line timed to the 2020 BET “HIP HOP AWARDS.”Collaborations with New Orleans based artist BMike and outerwear apparel company Chalkline headlined the launch. These items and more are available now exclusively on BET’s new e-commerce sitestore.BET.com.