Cardi B triumphed at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards on Sunday night, picking up two major gongs.

The New York rapper opened the ceremony in Los Angeles performing alongside her husband Offset.

The 26-year-old I Like It hitmaker won the album of the year gong for Invasion Of Privacy, beating competition from Travis Scott's Astroworld, Meek Mill's Championships, The Carter's Everything Is Love and Ella Mai's self-titled album.

She said while collecting her award: "I'm glad I made an album that your sister, your mother, your grandmother, like it."

Cardi was also named the best female hip-hop artist, while her husband's group Migos won best hip-hop group.

The late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead earlier this year, was named best male hip-hop artist. He was also honoured with the Humanitarian Award.

Rapper T.I., Snoop Dogg and filmmaker Ava DuVernay were among those paying tribute, while John Legend and DJ Khaled performed Higher, their single with Hussle.

Beyoncé was named best female R&B/Pop Artist, with Bruno Mars picking up the gong for best male R&B/Pop Artist.

24-year-old English singer songwriter Ella Mai won the viewers' choice award for her song Trip, beating off competition from Drake, Childish Gambino and Travis Scott.

Rihanna took to the stage at the ceremony to introduce lifetime achievement award honouree Mary J Blige.

She said: "You have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music.

"You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry and on behalf of all the women who came after you, like myself, thank you for being you, so we could be comfortable being ourselves."

Rihanna presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary J. Blige 

Blige said while collecting the award: "Praise God because without prayer I would not be here. I have so many people to thank tonight because when you have a lifetime of achievements there's no way you could have done it alone."

She went on to thank BET, her parents, siblings and friends, as well as her fans, saying "words cannot express how grateful I am to have you in my life".

The hip-hop star then performed a medley of her biggest hits, including No More Drama and Just Fine, and was joined on stage by Lil Kim and Method Man.

Other big awards included Video of the Year which went to Childish Gambino for This Is America, best actress which was won by If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King and best actor which went to Black Panther's Michael B Jordan.

Performers at the ceremony included Lizzo, DJ Khalid, Migos and H.E.R, while rapper Lil Nas X and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has the crowd on their feet for a triumphant performance of their genre-melding number one hit Old Town Road.

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