2017 BET Awards: Remy Ma, Chance the Rapper Win Big 

June 26, 2017

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Rapper Remy Ma redeemed herself when she beat Nicki Minaj for best female hip hop artist, ending Minaj's 7-year reign in that category.
Ma was convicted of intentional assault in 2008 for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph in a dispute over $3,000. She served six years in prison before getting released in 2014.

Kendrick Lamar took home the best male hip hop artist award, beating out J. Cole, Drake, Future, Chance the Rapper, and Big Sean.

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The win marked Lamar's third time he was name best male hip hop artist at the BET Awards, having previously won in 2015 and 2013.  He thanked rapper Prodigy, part of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep, who passed away earlier this month.

Lamar said, "Prodigy inspired my first mix tape, Y.H.N.I.C.  Off that album, I was inspired to study my skills and work on my connection within my neighborhood and see how I can work on them the same way he inspired the streets."

Although Chance the Rapper missed out on winning best male hip hop artist, he was still a big winner Sunday night. The 24-year-old won best new artist and also was honored with a BET humanitarian award for his work to improve Chicago public schools.

In a pre-recorded speech, former First Lady Michelle Obama, a fellow Chicagoan, praised Chance for his work.

She said, "We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance. We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper and it has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways."

In his acceptance speech Chance said:  ​"It feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn't make mistakes, and I like to think that he's putting this enormous pressure on me to see how I react. And I had plans originally to try and tell the world and everybody watching how to make it a better place. To tell everybody in this government that y'all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off of it."

He went on to criticize the Chicago public school system and the lack of convictions in police shooting cases before vowing to spend more time with loved ones.

He added, "I'm a good man, and I'm gonna become a better man."

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LIST of BET Winners:

Humanitarian Award
Chance the Rapper

Lifetime Achievement Award
New Edition

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars

Viewers' Choice Award
Beyonce, "Sorry"

Best Group

Best Collaboration
​Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert - "Bad and Boujee"
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar 

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Remy Ma

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic"

Video Director of the Year
Kahlil Joseph & ​Beyoncé Knowles-Carter - ​Beyoncé, "Sorry"​

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor
Mahershala Ali
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae, "Can't Stop Me Now (Destination)"

Youngstars Award
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
"Hidden Figures"
Sportswomen of the Year
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Stephen Curry

Centric Award
Solange, "Cranes in the Sky"
Album of the Year
“Lemonade” – ​Beyoncé

(USWeekly) (E! News)