Singer Beyonce Knowles and Drake have won the top honours at the 2016 BET Awards.
Knowles took home a total of four awards, including Best Female R & B/Pop Artist. She also won Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Centric Award at the gala held here at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Rapper Drake and singer-songwriter Bryson Tiller trailed behind with three and two awards, respectively. In addition to the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist title, Drake nabbed the Best Group Award for his works with rapper Future and Best Collaboration for his latest hit with singer Rihanna titled Work.
The BET Awards, established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
At the gala, Tiller was named Best Male R & B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist.
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Other musicians making up the winners list included Nicki Minaj (Best Female Hip-Hop Artist), Kirk Franklin (Best Gospel Artist), Skepta (Best International Act UK) and Wizkid (Best International Act Africa).
Taraji P. Henson and Michael B. Jordan earned the Best Actress and Best Actor titles, respectively, while Samuel L Jackson won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In sports categories, tennis player Serena Williams was dubbed Sportswoman of the Year. As for the Sportsman of the Year title, it went to NBA star Stephen Curry.
List of winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel L Jackson
Humanitarian Award: Jesse Williams
Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce Knowles
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best International Act UK: Skepta
Best International Act Africa: Wizkid
Best Group: Drake and Future
Best Collaboration: Rihanna and Drake - Work
Best Actress: Taraji P Henson
Best Actor: Michael B Jordan
Youngstars Award: Amandla Stenberg
Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton
Best Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin
Video of the Year: Beyonce Knowles - Formation
Video Director of the Year: Director X
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Beyonce Knowles - Formation
Centric Award: Beyonce Knowles - Formation