Mike Smith has won best brand new artist at this year’s BET Awards in LA.

He wasn’t at the Black Entertainment Television ceremony, so the prize had been picked up for him by actor Anthony Anderson.

“Sam Smith isn’t here tonight mainly because he’s white and he didn’t believe he would win at the BET Awards, ” he told the market at the Microsoft Theatre in La.

“He didn’t think he could win. But we all showed him that we love him, too. ”

Anthony Anderson

Image caption Anthony Anderson stars within ABC’s Black-ish and has also appeared in Transformers, The Departed and Scream 4

Nicki Minaj, who have won her sixth best woman hip-hop artist award in a line, brought her mum onstage.

She gave the shout out to fellow nominee and rising rapper Dej Loaf, and also her rapper and boyfriend Meek Mill, who sat next to the girl at the show (and she afterwards joined him onstage for their performance).

Nicki Minaj and her mother

Image caption Nicki Minaj thanked her mother onstage as she picked up the girl award

“Momma, I want to thank you through the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. I really like you so much, ” she stated.

“Shout out to all the girls nominated… Def Loaf… get been very, very interesting in my opinion and super forward. ”

Nicki Minaj also acquired the viewers’ choice award on her track Only featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.

Rapping on top of a police car with a large American banner waving behind him, hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar kicked off the WAGER Awards.

Members from the audience rapped along to Well, while dancers walked down the areas and a huge American flag had been waved behind behind Lamar.

He later won best male hip-hop artist.

“This is for Compton, this is for Watts, ” the Los Angeles-born rapper said.

Terrence Howard, star of the hit Fox series Empire, won the first honor for best actor for his role as Lucious Lyon.

“To the Empire, ” this individual yelled three times. “I got to give thanks to Taraji P Henson because she stood up for a brother. ”

Meanwhile, Taraji L Henson won the best actress honor for her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire.

Bryshere Yazshawn "Yazz" Gray

Image caption Bryshere Yazshawn “Yazz” Gray plays Hakeem Lyon in Empire and rapped at the awards

L Diddy fell through a hole in the stage while performing to commemorate Bad Boy Records’ 20th year wedding anniversary, the label he founded within 1993.

Lil Betty, Mase, Faith Evans, 112 as well as the Lox joined him as they performed a medley of their hits including Peaches And Cream and Bad Boy.

A video montage associated with Notorious BIG appeared in the history as his verse from Mo Money Mo Problems played.

This was P Diddy’s initial appearance in public since he had been arrested last Monday on mistrust of assault with a deadly weapon.

He’s accused associated with assaulting his son’s football coach with a kettlebell on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

P Diddy and Lil Kim

Image caption P Diddy and Lil Kim sing together on stage

Pharrell Williams and P Diddy

Image caption P Diddy was also joined by Pharrell Williams during their performance

Chris Brown performed onstage a number of times and won 2 honours: best male R& B/pop artist and the fandemonium award.

“A lot has changed in my life, a lot of mistakes, a lot of lessons learned. The best thing I’m most impressed by is my daughter, ” this individual said onstage.

“I’m so thankful and happy to possess the loyal fans… and everybody here that knows me, to know me is to love me. ”

Stormzy

Image caption Stormzy, true name Michael Omari, was in La to pick up his award

UK rap and grime artist Stormzy won in the best international act classification to add to a growing list of successes this year. He sold out his debut UK tour, shared a stage with Kanye West at the Brits, and made the top three of the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 list, which usually aims to showcase emerging artists for the coming 12 months.

Chris Brown and Omarion

Image caption One of Chris Brown’s performances was with Omarion in the track Post to Be

Rihanna had been among the A-listers sitting in the market.

She sang together during Omarion and Chris Brown’s performance of the pop hit, Posting to Be and premiered a trailer for her new track.

She was filmed taping shut boxing star Floyd Mayweather’s mouth area with duct tape.