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Stars shine at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES — Beyoncé and Drake were the big winners at the 16th annual BET Awards held at downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater June 26.

Beyoncé gathered up best female pop artist laurels, and took home three trophies — the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice; video of the year and Centric awards — for the music video “Formation.”

Drake won three awards: best male hip hop artist; and two collaboration categories — best group (with Future) and best collaboration (with Rhianna).

A rare appearance from comedian Dave Chappelle kicked off the first of several Prince tribute performances at the ceremony. Erykah Badu, The Roots, Bilal, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae covered songs from Prince’s catalog. Legendary drummer and close friend to Prince, Sheila E. rounded out the tributes with an energetic (and at times barefooted) performance.

Director Spike Lee presents Samuel L. Jackson with a lifetime achievement award at the 16th annual BET Awards June 26. (Photo by Kevin Winter courtesy of BET and Getty Images)
Director Spike Lee presents Samuel L. Jackson with a lifetime achievement award at the 16th annual BET Awards June 26. (Photo by Kevin Winter courtesy of BET and Getty Images)

During the show, actor Samuel L. Jackson was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) won the Humanitarian Award.

Other winners included: Best Male R&B/Pop Artist — Bryson Tiller; Best Female Hip Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj; Video Director of the Year — Director X; Best New Artist — Bryson Tiller; Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award — Kirk Franklin; Best Actress — Taraji P. Henson; Best Actor — Michael B. Jordan; Youngstars Award — Amandla Stenberg; Best Movie — “Straight Outta Compton;” Sportswoman of the Year — Serena Williams; Sportsman of the Year — Stephen Curry; Best International Act Africa — Black Coffee (South Africa); and Best International Act U.K. — Skepta.