SZA and Beyoncé were the stars of the night at the 2023 BET Awards, each taking home three awards, including a tie for Album of the Year. The ceremony, which recognizes outstanding achievements in music, TV, film, and sports, was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s event marked the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, with Busta Rhymes receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Patti LaBelle graced the stage to pay tribute to Tina Turner, but stumbled on the lyrics of “Simply the Best.” Meanwhile, SZA secured wins for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Video of the Year for her song “Kill Bill,” while Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” snagged the Viewers Choice Award and BET Her Award.
There was another tie in the Male R&B/Pop Artist category, with Chris Brown and Usher sharing the honor. In the film category, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, from Disney/Marvel, took home the Best Movie award, with Angela Bassett winning Best Actress and Damson Idris receiving Best Actor.
Drake also had a successful night, securing two wins and tying with GloRilla for the most nominations with seven each. The event featured memorable moments such as Offset and Quavo reuniting to pay tribute to the late Migos member Takeoff, and Muni Long acknowledging the significance of writers amidst the WGA strike.
Here is the full list of winners:
Album of the Year (Tie): “SOS” by SZA and “Renaissance” by Beyoncé
Best Collaboration: “Wait for U” by Future feat. Drake & Tems
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: SZA
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist (Tie): Chris Brown and Usher
Best New Artist: Coco Jones
Best Group: Drake x 21 Savage
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Latto
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
The Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award was won by the song “Bless Me” performed by Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin.
BET Her Award: “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé
Video of the Year: “Kill Bill” by SZA
Video Director of the Year: Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor
Best Movie: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Best Actress: Angela Bassett
Best Actor: Damson Idris
Youngstars Award: Marsai Martin
Sportswoman of the Year: Angel Reese
Sportsman of the Year: Jalen Hurts
Viewer’s Choice Award: “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé
Best International Act: Burna Boy