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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: Janelle Monáe speaks onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

The BET Awards was not only a celebration of artists’ achievements; this year, some of those artists used their stage time as a platform to call out the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The tone was set by host Taraji P. Henson after she thanked Lizzo for opening the show with her single “About Damn Time” and for donating $500,000 (which Live Nation will match) of her upcoming tour’s proceeds to Planned Parenthood. “You are damn right: It’s about damn time we step into our power,” declared Henson. “It is about time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America. … A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life, if she chooses to.”

Actress and singer Janelle Monáe kept the same energy when it was her turn to present “Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.”

“These artists making art on our own terms, owning our truth and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control, and police our bodies, mind-body, our decisions, my decision.” She then said, “F— you, Supreme Court” and held up her middle finger. The “f— you” was censored but the middle-finger gesture was seen which landed the “Pynk” songstress a room full of applause.

As Jazmine Sullivan collected her trophy from Monáe she directed her speech to the men in the audience, “As always, I do this for the women — for my sisters, especially. It’s a hard time right now for us. I want to speak directly to the men: We need you all. We need y’all to stand up. Stand up for us. Stand up with us. If you have ever benefited from a woman making one of the toughest decisions of her life, to terminate a pregnancy, you need to be standing with us. This is not just a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue. We need your support more than ever.”

“Best New Artist” winner Latto mentioned tearfully in her speech about “a man policing my body” as well.

2022 BET Awards Winners List

  • Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

    ARI LENNOX

    CHLÖE

    DOJA CAT

    H.E.R.

    JAZMINE SULLIVAN – WINNER

    MARY J. BLIGE

    SUMMER WALKER

  • Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

    BLXST

    CHRIS BROWN

    GIVĒON

    LUCKY DAYE

    THE WEEKND – WINNER

    WIZKID

    YUNG BLEU

  • Best Group

    BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – WINNER

    CHLÖE X HALLE

    CITY GIRLS

    LIL BABY & LIL DURK

    MIGOS

    YOUNG DOLPH & KEY GLOCK

  • Best Collaboration

    ESSENCE WIZKID FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER & TEMS – WINNER

    EVERY CHANCE I GET DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURK

    FAMILY TIES BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR

    KISS ME MORE DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA

    WAY 2 SEXY DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG

    WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX) BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ

  • Best Female Hip Hop Artist

    CARDI B

    DOJA CAT

    LATTO

    MEGAN THEE STALLION – WINNER

    NICKI MINAJ

    SAWEETIE

  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist

    DRAKE

    FUTURE

    J. COLE

    JACK HARLOW

    KANYE WEST

    KENDRICK LAMAR – WINNER

    LIL BABY

  • Video of the Year

    FAMILY TIES BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR

    HAVE MERCY CHLÖE

    KISS ME MORE DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA

    PRESSURE ARI LENNOX

    SMOKIN OUT THE WINDOW BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – WINNER

    WAY 2 SEXY DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG

  • Video Director of the Year

    ANDERSON .PAAK A.K.A. DIRECTOR .PAAK – WINNER

    BENNY BOOM

    BEYONCÉ & DIKAYL RIMMASCH

    DIRECTOR X

    HYPE WILLIAMS

    MISSY ELLIOTT

  • Best New Artist

    BABY KEEM

    BENNY THE BUTCHER

    LATTO – WINNER

    MUNI LONG

    TEMS

    YUNG BLEU

  • Album of the Year

    AN EVENING WITH SILK SONIC BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON.PAAK, SILK SONIC – WINNER

    BACK OF MY MIND H.E.R.

    CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST TYLER, THE CREATOR

    CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DRAKE

    DONDA KANYE WEST

    HEAUX TALES, MO’ TALES: THE DELUXE JAZMINE SULLIVAN

    PLANET HER DOJA CAT

  • Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

    ALL IN YOUR HANDS MARVIN SAPP

    COME TO LIFE KANYE WEST

    GRACE KELLY PRICE

    HALLELUJAH FRED HAMMOND

    HOLD US TOGETHER (HOPE MIX) H.E.R. & TAUREN WELLS

    JIREH ELEVATION WORSHIP & MAVERICK CITY MUSIC

    WE WIN LIL BABY X KIRK FRANKLIN – WINNER

  • BET Her

    BEST OF ME (ORIGINALS) ALICIA KEYS

    GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS MARY J. BLIGE – WINNER

    HAVE MERCY CHLÖE

    PRESSURE ARI LENNOX

    ROSTER JAZMINE SULLIVAN

    UNLOYAL SUMMER WALKER & ARI LENNOX

    WOMAN DOJA CAT

  • Best International Act

    DINOS (FRANCE)

    FALLY IPUPA (DRC)

    FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)

    LITTLE SIMZ (UK)

    LUDMILLA (BRAZIL)

    MAJOR LEAGUE DJZ (SOUTH AFRICA)

    TAYC (FRANCE)

    TEMS (NIGERIA) – WINNER

  • Best Movie

    CANDYMAN

    KING RICHARD – WINNER

    RESPECT

    SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

    SUMMER OF SOUL

    THE HARDER THEY FALL

  • Best Actor

    ADRIAN HOLMES BEL AIR

    ANTHONY ANDERSON BLACK-ISH

    DAMSON IDRIS SNOWFALL

    DENZEL WASHINGTON THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

    FOREST WHITAKER RESPECT | GODFATHER OF HARLEM

    JABARI BANKS BEL AIR

    STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US

    WILL SMITH KING RICHARD – WINNER

  • Best Actress

    AUNJANUE ELLIS KING RICHARD

    COCO JONES BEL AIR

    ISSA RAE INSECURE

    JENNIFER HUDSON RESPECT

    MARY J. BLIGE POWER BOOK II: GHOST

    QUEEN LATIFAH THE EQUALIZER

    QUINTA BRUNSON ABBOTT ELEMENTARY

    REGINA KING THE HARDER THEY FALL

    ZENDAYA EUPHORIA | SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – WINNER

  • YoungStars Award

    AKIRA AKBAR

    DEMI SINGLETON

    MARSAI MARTIN – WINNER

    MILES BROWN

    SANIYYA SIDNEY

    STORM REID

  • Sportswoman of the Year Award

    BRITTNEY GRINER

    CANDACE PARKER

    NAOMI OSAKA – WINNER

    SERENA WILLIAMS

    SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON

    SIMONE BILES

  • Sportsman of the Year Award

    AARON DONALD

    BUBBA WALLACE

    GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

    JA MORANT

    LEBRON JAMES

    STEPHEN CURRY – WINNER