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Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj’s seven-year winning streak at the 2017 BET Awards, a show highlighted by ’90s R&B and groups popular in that decade.

Ma, who returned from jail in 2014, won best female hip hop artist Sunday in Los Angeles, an award Minaj has won since 2010.

“I wanna thank God first and foremost,” said Ma, who also won the honor in 2005. “You can make mistakes and come back.”

In March, Ma released the hostile diss track “Shether,” which earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song.

At the live show at the Microsoft Theater, ’90s R&B favorites New Edition and Xscape shined onstage.

New Edition, whose three-part biopic was a white-hot rating success for BET earlier this year, earned the lifetime achievement award and received a lengthy tribute. It started with the child actors from the movie singing “Candy Girl,” later followed by the older actors for some of the band’s hits apart from the group, including BBD’s “Poison” and Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity.”

 

The real group then hit to stage to sing “Can You Stand the Rain” and “Mr. Telephone Man.” The actors later joined New Edition for “If It Isn’t Love.”

Girl group Xscape, who is set to launch a reality show, reunited at the BET Awards and sang the popular hits “Just Kickin’ It,” ”Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To?” The crowd was in awe, singing along and filming the performance with their phones.

Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by ’90s R&B, also shined Sunday. He won best male R&B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, “Perm.”

“To the fans, you know I love you. My first BET Award,” he screamed.

Kendrick Lamar, who surprised the audience when he performed with Future, won best male hip hop artist. He gave a shout-out to fellow nominee Chance the Rapper, who earned the humanitarian award at the age of 24 and also won best new artist.

In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance, who has raised $2 million dollars for Chicago public school. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance “since he was a baby rapper.”

“Chance is showing our young people that they matter,” she said. “Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves.”

Beyonce, who reportedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn’t commented on the topic, was the top nominee with seven. When it was announced that she won the viewer’s choice award, Chloe x Halle — the young duo signed to Beyonce — recited a speech given to them from the pop star.

Solange, Beyonce’s younger sister, had a big night: She won the Centric award and called Sunday “the best birthday ever” (she turned 31 on Saturday).

“My arm pits are sweating so much right now,” said Solange, who also thanked BET for showing her “queens” like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and others during her teenage years.

Solange held a moment of silence onstage later on, and the show also honored some of the minorities who died at the hands of police officers, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and others.

Other winners include Migos, who took home best group. The hip-hop trio also won over the audience with its performances of the hits “Bad and Boujee,” ”T-Shirt” and “Congratulations,” with Post Malone. Chance the Rapper, and his mom, danced during the long set; as did Queen Latifah, Cardi B., “Stranger Things” actor Caleb McLaughlin and “black-ish” actress Yara Shahidi, who won the YoungStars award.

Others shined onstage too with slower songs: Tamar Braxton and Maxwell gave vocally impressive performances, and Mary J. Blige sang songs from “Strength of a Woman,” her recent album that includes emotional tunes about her divorce.

“Mary J. got that break up body. Whoa,” screamed Jamie Foxx, who presented an award after Blige’s performance.

Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” hosted the four-hour show.

For more videos and winners, head to the BET Awards site. 

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18 thoughts on “BET Awards 2017: New Edition, Chance The Rapper and Remy Ma Won The Night

  1. specialt757 on said:

    Just saw some of Bruno Mars’ performance, now I got to record so I can see it live and living color. He is such a talented young fella.

  2. Diane,
    I agree with you about K. Lamar. I had a chance to view a documentary on Compton and he was on it telling his story. I was really impressed with him. I try to listen to his music as well, I understand it’s “meaningful” and similar to that of the artist who back in the day brought awareness through their lyrics. And there maybe one or two others that I’m impressed with but most of the crap, lil wayne, one eyed boy and the rest of the clown crew, I can’t comprehend, nor do I have a desire to. I only know some lyrics because it was/is in heavy rotation everywhere.

    • leadjustone on said:

      Yep. Candy and Tiny might as well go all the way and just go topless. The other one with the thigh high boots looks like some kind of Dominatrix. Why not lead with your talent and not your various body parts?

  3. specialt757 on said:

    One other thing, I now know how my parents felt about the music we listened to as kids, tweens, teens, and young adults, because this GARBAGE they call music now, lord help us, I’m just so thankful, I was able to understand the words to the songs I grew up on. I have no clue nor remotely interested in the regurgitated nonsense that is now called “music”.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Oh and I won’t even mention the ish they call “clothes” now, looks like it was put in a blender and shredded.

    • Diane on said:

      @specialt, I feel u. I have never been a rap fan. I don’t get all the hype around some of the artist. But I try to hear what certain artist are rapping about. It’s hard to understand what the heck they’re saying. But I’m impressed with Lil Sean and Kendrick Lamar.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    I stopped watching these shows almost since they’ve been coming on. However, I do hear the stories and read the articles. The only act I am interested in seeing is N.E., I know they’re old now, but I still have a special “something” for them, after all I was their Candy Girl (along with a million others) back in the day LOL!

  5. Chastity on said:

    Congrats to Remy Ma! She is really doing her thing and what a comeback. She is no doubt the best female rap artist out right now. I like how she is not scared of sharing the spotlight with other female rappers, unlike Nicki, who thinks she should be the only. Finally, someone to give Nicki a run for her money. Nicki has won that award since 2010 because there was no real competition. It is easy to be on top when you are the only one in the fight. Once again, congrats Remy!!! Keep doing it, girl.

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