Theannual ceremony took place in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 28)
Sam Smith was among the winners at this year’s BET Awards (Black Entertainment Television), which was held on Sunday night (June 28) in Los Angeles.
The British singer picked up the Best New Artist accolade but failed to appear on the night. Instead, actor Anthony Anderson accepted the award on Smith’s behalf, joking that he didn’t show up because “he’s white and didn’t think he would win”.
Other winners on the night included Nicki Minaj for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Kendrick Lamar for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Beyoncé for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and grime MC Stormzy for Best International Act UK. The Weeknd picked up the R&B and neo-soul Centric Award for ‘Earned It’.
The BET Awards also saw Diddy fall into a hole whilst performing with Lil Kim and other to mark the 20th anniversary of Bad Boy Records.
Full list of BET Awards 2015 winners:
Ultimate Icon, Music Dance Visual Award: Janet Jackson
Humanitarian Award: Tom Joyner
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown
Best International Act UK: Stormzy
Best International Act Africa: Stonebwoy
Best Group: Rae Sremmurd
Best Collaboration: Common & John Legend, ‘Glory’
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Terrence Howard
Youngstars Award: Mo’ne Davis
Best Movie: Selma
Best Gospel Artist: Lecrae
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “7/11”
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Nicki Minaj f/ Drake, Lil’ Wayne & Chris Brown, “Only”
Centric Award: The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award: Smokey Robinson