Silk Sonic, Kendrick Lamar & More Record-Setters at 2022 BET Awards

June 27, 2022

Silk SonicKendrick Lamar and Tems were the top winners at the 2022 BET Awards, which were presented Sunday (June 26) at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Each won two awards.

Silk Sonic took album of the year for An Evening With Silk Sonic and best group for the second year in a row. In addition, the duo’s Anderson .Paak was named video director of the year.

Lamar won best male hip-hop artist for a record fifth time. He had shared the record for most wins in the category with Drake with four wins each. Lamar also took video of the year for “Family Ties,” a collab with his cousin, Baby Keem.

Tems took best international act and also best collaboration for Wizkid’s “Essence” on which she was featured (along with Justin Bieber). Tems joins a long line of artists from talent-rich Nigeria to win best international act. The Afrobeats singer follows Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Ice Prince, 2face Idibia and D’banj.

The three artists who amassed the most nominations, Doja Cat (with six nods) and Ari Lennox and  Drake (with four nods each), were shut out in terms of awards.

This year saw several first-time winners in key categories, including best female R&B/pop artist (Jazmine Sullivan), best male R&B/pop artist (The Weeknd), and best actress (Zendaya).

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