The carpet was blue at the BET Awards in a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead aged 33 in March.
The rapper was also given the Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Humanitarian Awards.
John Legend and DJ Khaled performed a musical tribute to Nipsey during the ceremony, which celebrates black culture in America.
Other winners included British singer Ella Mai, Cardi B and Childish Gambino - while Mary J Blige was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lauren London accepts the Humanitarian Award surrounded by Nipsey Hussle's family
Accepting the Humanitarian Award on his behalf, Nipsey Hussle's girlfriend Lauren London said: "Thank you guys for all the love and support."
She added: "The Marathon continues again," referring to his Marathon clothing shop - which was where he was shot.
Nipsey Hussle's parents, grandmother and three children were also on stage to accept his award.
The Central Park Five, whose story is told in Netflix drama When They See Us, were at the awards
In its 19th year, the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards ceremony had a political theme to it.
The Central Park Five - five men who were falsely accused of raping and killing a woman when they were teenagers - came on stage to introduce a performance.
And rapper Meek Mill debuted the trailer for his new Amazon Prime show Free Meek.
Meek Mill and DJ Khaled performed Weather The Storm
Tyler Perry, who won the Icon Award, gave a powerful speech about black people supporting each other.
The actor, comedian and filmmaker told a story about using humour to help his mum, who was being abused by his dad.
Tyler said his first 10 films were about "wanting her to know she's worthy - to let black women know you are worthy, you are special, you are powerful, you are amazing".
He also spoke about his studio, which is based in Atlanta.
"The studio was once a Confederate Army base, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved," he said.
"Now that land is owned by one Negro."
Tyler Perry said he was "blessed" to be able to hire people like Idris Elba and Viola Davis back when they struggled to get jobs
Lizzo's appearance was also praised after she performed Truth Hurts in a wedding dress on top of a huge cake.
The performance included one of her famous flute solos - and it looks like Rihanna was a fan.
London-born Ella Mai won the Viewers' Choice Award for her song Trip, while Cardi B won Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Album of the Year for Invasion of Privacy.
Other winners included Childish Gambino's This Is America for Video of the Year and Migos for Best Group.
Beyonce and Bruno Mars won for Best Female and Male R&B/Pop Artist.
Serena Williams and Steph Curry won Sportswoman and Sportsman of the year.
Full list of winners:
Album of the Year - Cardi B (Invasion Of Privacy)
Best Group - Migos
Best Female Hip Hop Artist - Cardi B
Best Male Hip Hop Artist - Nipsey Hussle
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist - Beyonce
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist - Bruno Mars
Viewers' Choice Award - Ella Mai (Trip)
Best Movie - BlacKkKlansman
Video of the Year - Childish Gambino (This Is America)
Best Actress - Regina King
Best Actor - Michael B Jordan
Best New International Act (Fan Voted Category) - Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Best International Act - Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Dr Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award - Snoop Dogg Ft Rance Allen (Blessing Me Again)
Young Stars Award - Marsai Martin
Best New Artist - Lil Baby
Best Collaboration - Travis Scott Ft Drake (Sicko Mode)
Video Director of the Year - Karena Evans
Sportswoman of the Year - Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year - Stephen Curry
BET Her Award - H.E.R. (Hard Place)
Humanitarian Award - Nipsey Hussle
Icon Award - Tyler Perry
Lifetime Achievement Award - Mary J Blige