Plus Michelle Obama gives Chance the Rapper his humanitarian award, Migos vs. Chris Brown and a performance from SZA.
It wasn’t the only noteworthy pairing of the night. Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a taped message for Chance The Rapper, who received the humanitarian award in the wake of donating $1 million to Chicago public schools and raising even more.
Not everyone had a perfect night however. Migos, who picked up best group at the event, bookended the show with tense run-ins with Joe Budden and later Chris Brown. The first occurred in an interview with Budden and DJ Akademiks when the latter couldn’t hear an answer from rapper Takeoff.
After Akademiks asked several times for the rapper to repeat his answer, a frustrated Budden declares the interview done, drops his mic and walks off the interview. The Migos members then got up and had a brief stand-off with Budden as the cameras kept rolling.
SZA also ran into some technical problems during her performance but turned it around with two songs from her new album Ctrl. Watch below.
Check the list of nominees and winners below.
Album of the Year:
Lemonade – Beyoncé
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole
A Seat at the Table – Solange
Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
Video of the Year:
Beyoncé – ‘Sorry’ (tie)
Big Sean – ‘Bounce Back’
Bruno Mars – ’24k Magic’ (tie)
Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Bad and Boujee’
Solange – ‘Cranes in the Sky’
Best New Artist:
Chance the Rapper
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Freedom’
Chance The Rapper Feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – ‘No Problem’ (tie)
Chris Brown Feat. Gucci Mane & Usher – ‘Party’
DJ Khaled Feat. Beyoncé & Jay Z – ‘Shining’
Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Bad and Boujee’ (tie)
Rae Sremmurd Feat. Gucci Mane – ‘Black Beatles’
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Chance The Rapper
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:
Video Director of the Year:
Benny Boom – Kehlani ‘Crzy’
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars ‘That’s What I Like’
Director X – Zayn Malik ‘Like I Would’
Hype Williams – Tyga ‘Gucci Snake’ [feat. Desiigner]
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé ‘Sorry’