Check out Sakordie’s stunning freestyle in cypher for 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards

The rapper beat out the likes of Falz, Little Simz & more, winning Best International Flow

Recently, BET hip-hop awards added a ‘Best International Flow’ category, meant to celebrate rappers putting in work outside the U.S. The category made its debut this year, with Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie picking up the award. In winning, he beat out formidable nominees like Nigeria’s Falz, South Africa’s Nasty C, Canada’s Tory Lanez and U.K rappers, Little Simz and Ghetts.

Sarkodie also participated in one of the rap cyphers for the award show, sharing airtime with French rapper Kalash for their own segment. In a stunning freestyle that shows his rap prowess, the African rap legend opens his verse by affiring the beauty of black women—“beautiful melanin, dark skin/let me see your hands if you worship a black queen”—before closing out with a slew of intricately crafted pan-African raps.

The 2019 BET hip-hop awards held at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Centre on October 5th, and aired yesterday, October 8th. J. Cole led the list of winners, with three wins, while Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X and Travis Scott followed with two wins each.

Watch Sarkodie’s cypher and check out the full list of winners below.

Best International Flow

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Falz (Nigeria)

Ghetts (U.K.)

Kalash (France)

Lil Simz (U.K.)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Tory Lanez (Canada)

Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B – “Money”

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

City Girls – “Twerk” Feat. Cardi B

DaBaby – “Suge”

Meek Mill – “Going Bad” Feat. Drake

Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B



The Carters

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Travis Scott – ‘Astroworld’

Meek Mill – ‘Championships’

Lizzo – ‘Cuz I Love You’

DJ Khaled – ‘Father of Asahd’

Tyler, The Creator – ‘Igor’

Dreamville – ‘Revenge of the Dreamers 3’

Video Director of the Year

Travis Scott

Benny Boom

Bruno Mars, Florent Dechard


Dave Meyers

Eif Rivera

Lyricist of the Year

J. Cole

2 Chainz


Meek Mill

Nipsey Hussle

YBN Cordae

MVP of the Year

Nipsey Hussle

Cardi B

DJ Khaled


J. Cole

Megan Thee Stallion

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled

London On Da track

Metro Boomin’


Swizz Beatz

Tay Keith

Best Collab, Duo or Group

Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” 

21 Savage Feat. J. Cole – “A Lot”

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me

DJ Khaled Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”

Lil Baby & Gunna – “Drip Too Hard”

Travis Scott Feat. Drake – “Sicko Mode”

Single of the Year

Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Produced by YoungKio)

City Girls – “Act Up”  (Produced by EarlThePearll)

Megan Thee Stallion – “Big Ole Freak” (Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat)

Cardi B – “Money” (Produced by J. White Did It)

Travis Scott Feat. Drake – “Sicko Mode” (Produced by Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy & Tay Keith)

DaBaby – “Suge” (Produced by Pooh Beatz & JetsonMade)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist



Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Ricch

YBN Cordae

Best Mixtape

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Fever’

Jack Harlow – ‘Loose’

Kevin Gates – ‘Luca Brasi 3’

Roddy Ricch – ‘Feed Tha Streets II’

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y – ‘2009’

YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir – ‘YBN: The Mixtape’

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

J. Cole – “A Lot” (21 Savage Feat. J Cole)

21 Savage – “Wish Wish” ( DJ Khaled Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)

Cardi B – “Clout” (Offset Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B – “Twerk” (City Girls Feat. Cardi B)

Rick Ross – “Money in the Grave” (Drake Feat. Rick Ross)

Rick Ross – “What’s Free” (Meek Mill Feat. Jay-Z & Rick Ross)

Impact Track

J. Cole – “Middle Child”

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

DJ Khaled – “Higher” Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

Kap G – “A Day Without a Mexican”

Lizzo – “Tempo” Feat. Missy Elliott

Youngboy Never Broke Again – “I Am Who They Say I Am” Feat. Quando Rondo & Kevin Gates

DJ of the Year


Chase B

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

French Montana

Meek Mill

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App


All Hip-Hop


The Shade Room



Hustler of the Year


Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Nipsey Hussle

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

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