Megan Thee Stallion, Pop Smoke & Other Record-Setters at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards
Written by [email protected] on October 28, 2020
By Paul Grein
Rapsody became the first woman to win for lyricist of the year.
Megan Thee Stallion was the top winner at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards, which were presented Wednesday (Oct. 27). She won three awards, including hip hop artist of the year. She’s the second woman to win in that marquee category in the past three years, following Cardi B. Nicki Minaj was the first woman to win the category in 2011.
Megan’s collab with Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix), which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, won best collaboration. It’s the first all-female collab to win in that category. Beyoncé won a second award for her featured verse on that smash, bringing her career total to five BET Hip Hop Awards.
Megan and Bey weren’t the only women to win big this year. Rapsody became the first woman to win for lyricist of the year. Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor became the second woman in three years to win best video director of the year. Taylor follows Karena Evans.
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Here are other record-setters at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards:
Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, won hip hop album of the year. This marks the first time that an artist’s first studio album has won that award.
Pop Smoke won best new hip hop artist. This marks the second time in three years that this award has been presented posthumously. XXXTentacion won the award two years ago. Both artists were just 20 when they were shot to death. (Another fast-rising rapper, Nipsey Hussle, won hip hop artist of the year last year, a little more than six months after he was shot to death.)
The Future/Drake collab “Life Is Good” won best hip hop video. This is Future’s first win in the category; Drake’s fifth (his first in a featured role). Drake previously won for “HYFR” (featuring Lil Wayne, 2012), “Started From the Bottom” (2013), “Worst Behavior” (2014) and “Hotline Bling” (2016). This is Drake’s 20th BET Hip Hop Award, which puts him in a tie with Kendrick Lamar for second place on the all-time winners list. Jay-Z leads the list with 22 awards.
Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” which addresses the theme of race in America, won impact track. Several previous winners in this category, including Lamar’s “Alright” (2015), Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J. (2017) and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” (2018), also addressed this theme. All three of those songs went on to receive Grammy nominations for record and/or song of the year, which bodes well for Lil Baby’s widely admired track.