*BET HIP HOP AWARDS*: Hot Girls Versus City Boys
Written by KingCnote on October 9, 2019
The theme of the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards was Hot Girls versus City Boys, with Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Duval leading off for their respective teams.
Megan Thee Stallion started things off by performing on a stage designed to look like a boat called the S.S. Hot Girl. She ran through “Hot Girl Summer” before bringing Da Baby on stage with her to perform “Cash [Stuff]”
Lil Duval didn’t waste a lot of time with a hit-or-miss monologue, instead opting for a high-energy “Hot Girls versus City Boys” dance number and performance.
Only four awards were presented during the telecast, including the honorary I Am Hip-Hop Award presented to Lil’ Kim by Rick Ross. Kim closed out the show strong with a career-spanning medley of hits, with guest appearances from Lil’ Cease and Junior M.A.F.I.A.
There were two new segments this year, the Comedian Cypher and a Smack DVD sponsored rap battle.
Other highlights included:
- Da Baby pulled triple duty.
- Anderson Paak and YBN Cordae performed “RNP.”
- Saweetie performed “My Type” with Petey Pablo and Lil Jon.
- Rick Ross took things back to his roots with a career-spanning medley of hits.
- Lil Duval clowned Kanye with a “Sunday Service”-inspired skit.
Best International Flow: Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best New Hip Hop Artist: Da Baby
Best Mixtape: Fever by Megan Thee Stallion
I Am Hip Hop Award: Lil’ Kim
Awards Presented off-air:
Best Hip-Hop Video: “Money” by Cardi B
Album of the Year: Astroworld by Travis Scott
Video Director of the Year: Travis Scott
Lyricist of the Year: J. Cole
MVP of the Year: Nipsey Hussle
Producer of the Year: DJ Khaled
Best Collab, Duo or Group: “Old Town Road (Remix)” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Single of the Year: “Old Town Road (Remix)” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, produced by YoungKio
Hot Ticket Performer: Megan Thee Stallion
Sweet 16 (Best Featured Verse): J. Cole on “A Lot,” 21 Savage featuring J. Cole
Impact Track: “Middle Child” by J. Cole
DJ of the Year: Mustard
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Cardi B
Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App: Complex
Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z