The 1990s win big at BET awards

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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 1990s R&B and groups pop­u­lar in that decade, as well as five wins for Bey­oncé.

Ma, who was re­leased from prison in 2014, won best fe­male hip hop artist on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les, an award Mi­naj has won since 2010. Ma last won the prize in 2005, and was sen­tenced to prison three years later af­ter she shot a former friend af­ter ac­cus­ing her of theft.

“I wanna thank God first and fore­most,” said Ma, who named two cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties in her speech and thanked her men­tor Fat Joe and hus­band-rap­per Papoose. “You can make mis­takes and come back.”

At the live show at the Mi­crosoft Theater, 1990s R&B favourites New Edi­tion and Xs­cape were the most wel­comed per­form­ers of the night.

New Edi­tion, whose three­part biopic was a white-hot rat­ings suc­cess for BET ear­lier this year, earned the life­time achieve­ment award and re­ceived a lengthy trib­ute.

Ken­drick La­mar sur­prised the au­di­ence when he per­formed with Future and 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. Chance also won best new artist and best col­lab­o­ra­tion.

In a taped mes­sage, Michelle Obama hon­oured Chance, who has raised $2 mil­lion for Chicago pub­lic schools. 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.”

Bey­oncé, who re­port­edly gave birth to twins ear­lier this month, al­though she hasn’t com­mented, was the top nom­i­nee with seven. When it was an­nounced that she had won the view­ers’ choice award, Chloe x Halle – the young duo signed to Bey­oncé – re­cited a speech given to them from the pop star.

Queen Bey was the big win­ner with five awards, also tak­ing home al­bum of the year for Lemon­ade, best fe­male R&B/pop artist and video di­rec­tor of the year for Sorry.

Former BET ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Hill was praised through­out the night with kind words from Bruno Mars and Bobby Brown. – AP

RE­TURN: Remy Ma

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