BET Awards 2020: Lizzo wins Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, fans are shocked she beat Kehlani and Beyonce
Lizzo thanked Beyonce in her BET Award acceptance speech saying: 'We're all winners, ladies, and let's keep bigging up the culture'
Going into the 2020 BET Awards, the talented Grammy-award-winning artiste and flutist Lizzo is already making history. She is the first musician in the BET Awards' 20-year history to be nominated for both Best Female R&B/Pop artist and Best Female Hip-hop artist in the very same year. When you consider the fact that no male artist has managed to be nominated for both these categories simultaneously either, it makes Lizzo's achievement all the more impressive.
Lizzo eventually clinched the award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, beating off some serious competition from established icons in the field, including Beyoncé, H.E.R., Jhene Aiko, Kehlani and Summer Walker. She did not pull off the unprecedented double whammy by picking up Best Female hip-hop artist however, that award was picked up by the 'Savage' singer Megan Thee Stallion.
After Deon Cole announced the award for Best Female R&B/Pop artist, Lizzo crafted an elegant and eloquent acceptance speech while accepting the award from her home. "Thank you so much BET and thank you to all the wonderfully talented, beautiful black women that I share this category with," she said, before doling out special praise for the great Queen Bey herself. "Beyoncé, thank you for everything that you've done for black culture," Lizzo stated. She also admitted, "I have to say that three years ago, I sat in the audience at the BET Awards and I didn't win anything. But I still went home and felt like a winner." She added, "Last year, I performed on the main stage, I didn't win anything, and I still felt like a winner."
She then triumphantly said, "This year, I have the honor of winning this prestigious award, but I will always feel like a winner - because as long as you're winning in life, that's the only trophy you need." She signed off with, "We're all winners, ladies, and let's keep bigging up the culture, 'cause that's what this has been about and will always be about."
However, despite Lizzo acknowledging her win/loss ratio and even paying her respects to her peers in the R&B/pop field, a lot of fans were left confused as to how she managed to beat stellar talents like Beyonce, Kehlani, Summer Walker and Aiko. One fan tweeted : "Pause. Summer Walker and Kehlani lost to.... Lizzo... No f***ing way." Another dismayed fan said, "Summer deadass dropped one of the best R&B albums of this generation. Lizzo made 1 song in 2017 that wasn’t even R&B and she wins??? FOH. This why I don’t watch award shows."
Another said, "How TF did Lizzo win best female R&B artist at #BETAwards2020 over Kehlani, Beyonce, Jhene and Summer Walker?? That's not even her category, shouldn't have been included in the first place. Fight me."
Yet another outraged fan tweeted, "I’m sorry but @Kehlani should’ve won artist of the year I love @lizzo and all but y’all bugging." One fan also expressed their outrage saying "Lizzo really won over Queen Bey, Jhene Aiko , H.E.R & Summer Walker ... cancel the whole awards #BETAwards." Another user tweeted, "Not to tear Lizzo down or anything, but how she win over Beyonce, Summer, and H.E.R? #BETAwards."
However, Lizzo also had her fair share of supporters. One fan said, "#Lizzo won the #BETAwards and all miserable black women can do is come online and complain? The swear, black women do nothing but tear each other down! Congrats #Lizzo! Well deserved." Others declared: "Congratulations to @lizzo for best female pop artist! Yassssss! We love you Lizzie!!!! PERIOD babyyyyy!" and another said, "Y’all the category is RnB and POP. Lizzo deserved the win so she took it." Another admirer tweeted, "I dare anyone to say a negative comment or fat shame Lizzo. Lizzo is living her best life, maybe you'll should follow her example." As another fan concluded , "Lizzo congratulations my Queen... haters gon hate."