Drake also a popular winner in LA
Beyonce was the big winner at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.
The 34-year-old singer - who released her latest album Lemonade earlier this year - picked up gongs for Video of the Year for Formation, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice and the Centric Award for Formation at the ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre on Sunday night.
And not only did Beyonce emerge as a winner in four categories but she also opened the show with Kendrick Lamar, as the pair gave a powerful performance of her song Freedom.
They kicked off proceedings with Beyonce’s dancers strutting down the aisles of the auditorium while Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech played.
Meanwhile, Drake was also a big winner on the night, picking up three gongs: Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Group with Future and Best Collaboration for Rihanna’s Work.
Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams won the Humanitarian Award and received a standing ovation for his powerful speech.
He said: “This award is not for me. This is for the real organisers all over the country, the activist, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realising that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.
“It’s kinda basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mobilise.
“This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves - we can and will do better for you.
“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil - black gold!”
ON SONG: Beyonce, left, and Kendrick Lamar perform Freedom at the BET Awards