Going into the awards, Drake led the nominations with nine, with Rihanna and Beyoncé tied for second place with five.
Drake won the prize for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, beating out last year’s winner Kendrick Lamar, as well as the other nominees Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole and Kanye West. The Toronto rapper also took home the prize for Best Group for his What A Time To Be Alive mixtape with Future, and Best Collaboration with Rihanna, for their track “Work.”
The man behind that video, Toronto’s Director X, took home the honor of Video Director Of The Year.
Beyoncé was voted Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and her video for “Formation” won for Video Of The Year, the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, and the Centric Award.
Nicki Minaj continued her dominance in the Female Hip Hop Artist category, taking home the trophy for the seventh straight year.
Two prizes were pre-announced for the show: a Lifetime Achievement Award that went to actor Samuel L. Jackson for his body of work in film, and a Humanitarian Award that went to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams for his contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Best Male Hip Hop Artist *Drake – WINNER Fetty Wap Future J. Cole Kanye West Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist *Nicki Minaj – WINNER Dej Loaf Lil Kim Missy Elliott Remy Ma
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist *Beyoncé – WINNER Adele Andra Day K. Michelle Rihanna
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist *Bryson Tiller – WINNER Chris Brown Jeremih The Weeknd Tyrese
Best Group *Drake & Future – WINNER 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Puff Daddy & The Family Rae Sremmurd The Internet
Best New Artist *Bryson Tiller – WINNER Alessia Cara Andra Day Kehlani Tory Lanez
Best Collaboration *Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work” – WINNER Future feat. Drake — “Where Ya At” Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games” Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World” Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Video of the Year *Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER Bryson Tiller – “Don’t” Drake – “Hotline Bling” Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
Video Director of the Year Director X – WINNER Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tilley & The Little Homies Hype Williams
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award *Kirk Franklin – WINNER Anthony Brown & Group Therapy Erica Campbell Lecrae Tamela Mann Tasha Cobbs
Best Actress *Taraji P. Henson – WINNER Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Tracee Ellis Ross Viola Davis
Best Actor *Michael B. Jordan – WINNER Anthony Anderson Courtney B. Vance Idris Elba O’shea Jackson Jr.
Youngstars Award *Amandla Stenberg – WINNER Quvenzhané Wallis Silentó Willow Smith Yara Shahidi
Best Movie *Straight Outta Compton – WINNER Beasts of No Nation Concussion Creed Dope
Sportswoman of the Year *Serena Williams – WINNER Cheyenne Woods Gabrielle Douglas Skylar Diggins Venus Williams
Sportsman of the Year *Stephen Curry – WINNER Cam Newton Kobe Bryant Lebron James Odell Beckham Jr.
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award *Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER Bryson Tiller – “Don’t” Chris Brown – “Back to Sleep” Drake – “Hotline Bling” Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At” Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”
Centric Award *Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER Andra Day – “Rise Up” K. Michelle – “Not a Little Bit” Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” The Internet – “Under Control”
Best International Act Africa *Winner- Black Coffee (South Africa).Wizkid (Nigeria). Aka (South Africa). Cassper Nyovest (South Africa). Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana) Serge Beynaud (Cote d’Ivoire) Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best International Act U.K. *Skepta – WINNER Kano Krept & Konan Lianne La Havas Stormzy Tinie Tempah