Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET

Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and mom-to-be Cardi B were among the big winners at the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Megan picked up four trophies, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist and the Viewer's Choice Award for her Beyonce collaboration "Savage," while both stars won Best Collaboration and Best Video for "WAP."

Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

Megan was joined on the red carpet by her significant other, rap producer Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine.

But Cardi grabbed the spotlight by revealing she was expecting her second child during a surprise set with her husband Offset's group Migos.

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET

It was also a big night for singer Jazmine Sullivan, right, who took home the Album of the Year prize for "Heaux Tales." Jazmine posed with rapper Coi LeRay before the show.

Singer H.E.R. was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Bruno Mars, took home two awards for Video Director and Best Group for his magical collaboration with Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.

Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

The awards show, hosted by Taraji P. Henson (pictured), featured a record 18 show-stopping performances from the likes of Sullivan, Lil Baby, H.E.R., DJ Khaled, and Lil Nas X, as well as tributes to Lifetime Achievement recipient Queen Latifah and the late DMX.

Queen Latifah was overcome with emotion as she collected her latest honor and accolade.

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for BET

Holding back tears, the rap pioneer and actress took the stage after Lil' Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love delivered a stirring tribute, and had to compose herself before accepting the honor (see video blow).

"I'm so extremely moved I don't even know what to... I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn't get played on the radio and other places, we couldn't get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness."

Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

Latifah, a closeted lesbian, also thanked God, her father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., who joined her onstage, and her late mother, stating, "I've always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman, and raised by a father who loves women."
 

The full list of winners are:

Album of the Year:

Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

H.E.R.

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

Chris Brown

Best Group:

Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration:

WAP - Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:

Lil Baby

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:

Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year:

WAP by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Video Director of the Year:

Bruno Mars & Florent Dechard

Best New Artist:

Giveon

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

Strong God by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award:

Good Days by Sza

Best International Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Viewer's Choice Award:

Savage (Remix) - Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

Best Movie:

Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress:

Andra Day

Best Actor:

Chadwick Boseman

Youngstars Award:

Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

Naomi Osaka

Sportsman of the Year Award:

Lebron James

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act:

Bree Runway (United Kingdom)

Global Good Award:

Djamila Ribeiro

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Queen Latifah
 

 

Photo may have been deleted

CBS

Production of Queen Latifah's new drama series "The Equalizer" has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was "necessary" in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

"The only reservation I had was Denzel," Latifah told USA Today. "I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either."

She said she liked the idea of "delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun."

"When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country," said the multi-millionaire actress.

"We just didn't know that, God, would we need to see justice. There's just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely."

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an "Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes."

One viewer wrote "This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!"

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch "The Equalizer" on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 

BACKGRID

The show must go on: Draya Michele was spotted filming her new reality TV series amid unreasonable Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in West Hollywood.
 

BACKGRID

Skai Jackson refuses to accept her elimination from Dancing with the Stars. The Disney star and her pro dance partner Alan Berstan were one of two couples eliminated on Monday night's episode. The other couple to get the boot was Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart.
 

T.JACKSON / BACKGRID

Actors Queen Latifah and Chris Noth seen filming a scene for their TV series, "The Equalizer" in midtown on Wednesday.
 

Vasquez-Max Lopes / BACKGRID

Justin and Hailey Bieber visited with friends in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning.
 

BACKGRID

Stevie Wonder looked sharp in a red suit while dining out with his mystery date and friends at Mr Chow.

SPOT-Poersch / BACKGRID

Queen Latifah is no fan of movie classic Gone With the Wind. The rapper-turned-actress disagreed with the decision by HBO Max bosses to reinstate Gone With the Wind following a massive backlash.

HBO removed Gone With the Wind from its movie lineup earlier this month following weeks of Black Lives Matter protests and unrest around the country.

But many criticized the streaming giant's decision to ban the classic 1939 film that depicted the horrors of the Civil War.

Filmmaker Spike Lee urged HBO Max bosses to reconsider and now the film will return to the site's lineup with an introduction from Jacqueline Stewart, a Black Cinema and Media Studies professor at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

SPOT-stoianov / BACKGRID

But Latifah, who portrayed Gone With the Wind star Hattie McDaniel in Ryan Murphy's Netflix hit Hollywood, feels viewers should also be educated on the racial prejudice McDaniel endured, even as she made history for winning the Academy Award.

"They didn't even let her in the theater until right before she got that award. Someone came outside and brought her into the auditorium. She wasn't even allowed to sit in there.

"And then she had to read a speech that was written by a studio. You know that's not what the hell she wanted to say... Then after that, all she could do was play the same kinds of roles..., so the opportunities at that time and the way that those in power in that business were relegating us and marginalizing us and not allowing us to grow and thrive after that was just terrible. And a lot of that is still around today."

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Rapper/actor Common shared his admiration and respect for longtime pal Queen Latifah by penning a poem in honor of her 50th birthday.

The hip-hop pioneer, real name Dana Owens, marked the milestone on Wednesday, March 18, and Common was among her famous friends to pay tribute on social media.

But instead of just sharing a simple birthday greeting, Common came up with a touching piece of poetry, in which he recounted the beginnings of his Just Wright co-stars' close bond after crossing paths in New York City when he was "an unsigned artist seeking a dream".

He continued, "Years later as an artist I would get to meet her, And get to know her as Dana and I was still inspired by Latifah. Because she was she doing movies, TV shows, rapping and could sing. But it was the unstoppable light inside her that made her The Queen."

Photo by WENN.com

"Later on we go on to do a movie together, and on this path we would find a friendship and bond that would be forever," he added.

"So whenever I see the Queen I know that everything is Alright, I Love you Dana when GOD made you HE did it Just Right."

Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also shared a sweet caption for his poem, writing, "Happy Born Day Dana! You are one of the greatest human being [sic] I've ever met. You have inspired me in ways that you can't fathom and you continue to.

"Thank you for being the Phenomenal Goddess that the Creator made you to be and sharing that light that smile, that gift, that flow, that voice, that acting presence and skill, that energy, that love and that joy with us. I celebrate you. Happy Born Day. Love You Rashid @queenlatifah".

Latifah's Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish and actress Taraji P. Henson also sent well wishes to the birthday girl via social media.

Source: WENN.com

Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

Queen Latifah turned 50 years old today (March 18). Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989. She released her debut album All Hail the Queen on Nov. 28, 1989. The album spawned the hit single "Ladies First".
 

Photo by WENN.com

Latifah, pictured at age 18, sold over 2 million records in her illustrious career. She was dubbed the "Queen of Jazz-Rap" following her breakout role in the musical Chicago (2002) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011.
 

Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

Latifah posed with her mom, Rita Lamae Owens (née Bray), a former high school teacher. Rita Owens played her mother in Living Single. She passed away from heart failure on March 21, 2018.
 

Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

Latifah posed with Jaz-O, left, and a young Jay-Z with gold teeth at rapper Big Daddy Kane's Birthday Party in New York City in a photo dated September 10, 1989.

Latifah played the level-headed, but man crazy Khadijah James On the FOX TV sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998. Along the way, she released more albums as well as produced music for other acts such as Naughty By Nature.

She won a Grammy Award for her women's rights anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." which peaked at #23 on the Billboard chart.
 

Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images

Latifah gained a new generation of fans when she played a butch lesbian in the bank heist film Set It Off (1996), also starring Kimberly Elise, Vivica Fox and Jada Pinkett.
 

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Latifah had longterm relationships with women over the years, including rapper MC Lyte, singer Monifah and actress Tichina Arnold. She is currently "married" to Eboni Nichols (pictured), but she has never officially come out of the closet.
 

Photo by Rahav Segev / Splash News

Queen Latifah and Wendy Williams re-enacted a scene from 'Mob Wives' during a special segment of 'Hairpiece Theatre' on the Wendy Williams Show in 2012.
 

Photo by WENN/Vallenilla

Latifah pictured with Jimmy Fallon on the set of the film Taxi in New York City in 2003.
 

Photo by WENN.com

Latifah is surrounded by fans at her beach party during the Miami premiere of the comedy film 'The Cookout' held at The Delano Hotel on South Beach in 2004.
 

Photo by WENN.com

Latifah with Cedric the Entertainer (left) and Ice Cube (right) on the set of Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004.
 

Photo by Nikki Nelson / WENN

Latifah honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in 2006.
 

Photo by Starbux / WENN

Latifah attends the Los Angeles premiere of Hairspray held in Westwood, California in 2007.
 

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage

Latifah with music producer/rapper Missy Elliott (center) and Cardi B (right) at the 2019 Video Music Awards after party on August 26, 2019 in New York City.

Photo may have been deleted

Screen grab: YouTube.com

Singers Jennifer Hudson (left) and Queen Latifah honored the late NBA star Kobe Bryant before the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago over the weekend.

Latifah, 49, performed Stevie Wonder's hit song "Love's in Need of Love Today" at the NBA's Saturday Night Skills competitions. She added a rap verse in honor of Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Latifah added the verse "Give love a shot / When you do, say 'Kobe' / 24 hours, eight days a week, trophies."

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Latifah attended the 2020 All-Star game on Sunday with her life partner Eboni Nichols.

Photo may have been deleted

Screen grab: YouTube.com

Jennifer Hudson performed a stirring tribute to Kobe during the NBA All-Star pre-game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.

Hudson, 38, was introduced by an emotional Magic Johnson, 60, who led the audience in 8 seconds of silence for Kobe and late NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died in January from complications of a stroke.

The Grammy and Oscar winner performed in front of a giant screen that flashed photos from Kobe's stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers and touching images of the NBA legend with his daughter.

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Hudson wore a floor length crushed velvet gown as she performed "For All We Know." Afterwards, she posed with celebrities such as rapper Ludacris, center, and actor Chadwick Boseman, right.

Rap producer Dr. Dre also performed a tribute to Kobe's greatest moments in sports. The Staples Center was temporarily renamed KOBE Center in his video.

Rapper Common performed a song before introducing the All-Stars for Team LeBron James and Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team members wore the numbers 2 and 24 for Gianna and Kobe respectively.

A public memorial service will be held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 24. But the service is marred with controversy because tickets are being sold for as much as $250 with the proceeds going to Kobe's charity.

Watch Hudson's and Latifah's tributes below.
 

Jennifer Hudson - For All We Know

 

Queen Latifah - Love's in Need of Love Today"

Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

Missy Elliott promised not to cry when she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday in New York City. Missy, 48, also performed at the awards show.

Read more »

No photo

YouTube.com

It was a night to remember for drag queen Jade Jolie who was mistaken for a pop music superstar during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night. Jade happily laughed it off when John Travolta seemingly mistook the RuPaul's Drag Race veteran for pop singer Taylor Swift

Read more »