BET Awards 2017: What Winners Beyoncé, Remy Ma and More Are Worth

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The 2017 BET Awards, which wrapped late on Sunday, June 25, will go down in award show history as a huge upset that broke a years-long streak, a socially powerful statement — thanks in no small part to those inspired by Jesse Williams’ passionate 2016 BET speech — and an inspiring look back at music history.

While Remy Ma ended Nicki Minaj’s seven-year winning streak when she took home the trophy for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, host Leslie Jones’ opening riff on the old school turned out to be a prophecy, as viewers spent much of the night looking back on sentimental acts, thanks to a stellar performance by New Edition and moving tributes to artists like Chuck Berry and Prince.

The stars of the BET Awards have astounding wealth, but this weekend, they taught a lesson more valuable than any net worth: Sometimes, the past is the freshest place there is — especially when that past is the ’90s.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Net Worth

Beyoncé $450 million
Kehlani $3 million
Mary J. Blige $20 million
Rihanna $230 million
Solange $8 million

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Name  Net Worth
Bruno Mars $90 million
Chris Brown $35 million
The Weeknd $50 million
Trey Songz $12 million
Usher $180 million

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Best Group

Name Net Worth
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne 2 Chainz: $6 million
Lil Wayne: $150 million
A Tribe Called Quest More than $19 million, collectively
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Fat Joe: $5 million
Remy Ma: $500,000
Migos $9 million
Rae Sremmurd $6 million
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Best Collaboration

Names/Title Net Worths
Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” Beyoncé: $450 million
Kendrick Lamar: $18 million
Chance the Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – “No Problem” Chance the Rapper: $9 million
2 Chainz: $6 million
Lil Wayne: $150 million
Chris Brown Ft. Gucci Maine & Usher – “Party” Chris Brown: $35 million
Gucci Mane: $12 million
Usher: $180 million
DJ Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay-Z – “Shining” DJ Khaled: $20 million
Beyoncé: $450 million
Jay-Z: $900 million
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee” Migos: $9 million
Lil Uzi Vert: $3 million
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” Rae Sremmurd: $6 million
Gucci Maine: $12 million

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Name Net Worth
Big Sean $12 million
Chance the Rapper $9 million
Drake $90 million
Future $8 million
J. Cole $15 million
Kendrick Lamar $18 million

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Name Net Worth
Cardi B $600,000
Missy Elliott $50 million
Nicki Minaj $75 million
Remy Ma $500,000
Young M.A. $2 million

Look: The Wealth of Nicki Minaj, Hip-Hop’s Highest-Paid Woman

Video of the Year

Name/Title Net Worth
Beyoncé – “Sorry” $450 million
Big Sean – “Bounce Back” $12 million
Bruno Mars – “24k Magic” $90 million
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee” Migos: $9 million
Lil Uzi Vert: $3 million
Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” $8 million

Video Director of the Year

Name/Artist and Title Net Worth
Benny Boom – Kehlani, “Crazy” $10 million
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” Bruno Mars: $90 million
Jonathan Lia: Unknown
Director X – Zayn Malik, “Like I Would $5 million
Hype Williams – Tyga, “Gucci Snakes Ft. Desiigner” $14 million
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyonce, “Sorry” Khalil Joseph: Unknown
Beyoncé: $450 million

Best New Artist

Name Net Worth
21 Savage $4 million
Cardi B $600,000
Chance the Rapper $9 million
Khalid $2 million
Young M.A. $2 million
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Album of the Year

Title/Artist Net Worth
24k Magic – Bruno Mars $90 million
4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole $15 million
A Seat at the Table — Solange $8 million
Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper $9 million
Lemonade – Beyoncé $450 million

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Name/Song Net Worth
Cece Winans – “Never Have to Be Alone” $8 million
Fantasia Ft. Tye Tribbet – “I Made It” Fantasia: $3 million
Tye Tribbet: Unknown
Kirk Franklin Ft. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann – “My World Needs You” Kirk Franklin: $8.5 million
Tamela Mann: $3 million
Lecrae – “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)” $2 million
Tamela Mann – “God Provides” $3 million

Best Actress

Name Net Worth
Gabrielle Union $20 million
Issa Rae Unknown
Janelle Monae $4 million
Taraji P. Henson $16 million
Viola Davis $12 million

Best Actor

Name Net Worth
Bryshere Y. Gray $2 million
Denzel Washington $220 million
Donald Glover $12 million
Mahershala Ali $8 million
Omari Hardwick $1.5 million

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Youngstars Award

Name Net Worth
Ace Hunter Unknown
Caleb McLaughlin $700,000
Jaden Smith $8 million
Marsai Martin Unknown
Yara Shahidi $1 million

Best Movie

Title Worldwide Box Office
Fences $64.4 million
Get Out $251.2 million
Hidden Figures $230.2 million
Moonlight $65 million
The Birth of a Nation $15.8 million (domestic only)

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Name Net Worth
Gabby Douglas $3 million
Serena Williams $160 million
Simone Biles $2 million
Skylar Diggins $400,000
Venus Williams $75 million

Sportsman of the Year Award

Name Net Worth
Cam Newton $45 million
Lebron James $400 million
Odell Beckham Jr. $8 million
Russell Westbrook $50 million
Stephen Curry $35 million
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Centric Award

Name/Song Net Worth
Fantasia – “Sleeping with the One I Love” $3 million
Kehlani – “Distraction” $3 million
Mary J. Blige – “Thick of It” $20 million
Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” $8 million
Syd – “All About Me” $800,000
Yuna – “Crush Ft. Usher” Unknown

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Name/Song Net Worth
Beyoncé – “Sorry” $450 million
Bruno Mars – “24k Magic” $90 million
Drake – “Fake Love” $90 million
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee” Migos: $9 million
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” Rae Sremmurd: $6 million
Gucci Mane: $12 million
The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy” The Weeknd: $50 million
Daft Punk: unknown

Best International Act: Europe

Name Net Worth
Booba (France) $14 million
Mhd (France) $1 million
Craig David (UK) $18 million
Emeli Sande (UK) $8 million
Giggs (UK) $3.5 million
Skepta (UK) $2 million
Stormzy (UK) $8 million
Wiley (UK) $6 million

Best International Act: Africa

Name Net Worth
Aka (South Africa) $1.5 million
Babes Wodumo (South Africa) Unknown
Davido (Nigeria) $16 million
Nasty C (South Africa) $180,000
Stonebwoy (Ghana) $5.5 million
Tekno (Nigeria) Unknown
Wizkid (Nigeria) $11 million
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria) $1 million

BET Awards 2017 Winners

Remy Ma Shakes Things Up

Net Worth: $500,000

Nicki Minaj had an incredible run at the BET Awards, snatching the Best Female Hip Hop Artist trophy every single year from 2010 to 2016. Her road to victory wasn’t easy; Remy won the award back in 2005, then spent a stretch in prison. Her 2017 track, “Shether,” was a diss aimed at Minaj, which makes Remy’s victory either much more sweet or more sour, depending on whose side you take.

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Beyoncé Is Still the Queen

Net Worth: $450 million

At this point, it’s futile to try and outdo Queen B. Of seven nominations, Beyoncé took home five star-shaped trophies, including a People’s Choice Award and a nod for co-directing her own music video for “Sorry” alongside Kahlil Joseph. Her powerhouse album — and now proven award magnet — was of course the surprise release “Lemonade,” an intensely personal, musically sonic exploration of relationships which Rolling Stone called a testament to “the life-changing magic of making a great big loud bloody mess.” Lemonade implies that Jay-Z might have spent some time in the dog house, but the power couple still enjoys a combined net worth of $1.35 billion.

Beyoncé has a lot to celebrate on top of her BET wins: She and Jay-Z recently joined the club of some of the richest celebrities to welcome twins.

Bruno’s Ascent

Net Worth: $90 million

Trailing just behind Beyoncé, with his third studio album, “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars had five nominations. Mars went home with his first two BET trophies. The musician kicked off the show in style with a performance of “Perm.” Mars’ distinctly ’90s influenced album felt right at home on a night that played plenty of homage to ’90s R&B.

Chance Pays Off

Net Worth: $9 million

Like fellow newcomer Migos, Chance the rapper went home with two trophies, including the award for Best New Artist. Of course, “new” is a relative term, as Chance has been kicking around the scene since 2012. This year, though, he made history. As an artist who famously refuses to sign with a label, he inspired the Grammys to officially recognize streaming albums. Speaking of Grammys, Chance took three of those home in February, including another Best New Artist trophy. Chance also earned BET’s Humanitarian Award this year.

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Related: The Net Worths of the 2017 Grammy Winning Artists

A Big Year for Movies

Box Office Returns: Varied

Music tends to catch most of the spotlight at the BET Awards. This year, however, blockbuster movies scored major attention, as this has been a monumental year for African American cinema. Three of the five nominees were major contenders at the this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, “Get Out” is still sitting on an unprecedented 99 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the noms made a combined total of $626.6 million at the global box office. “Hidden Figures” might have won the trophy, but powerful movie-making won the year.

New Edition = Classic Edition

Net Worth: Bobby Brown, $2 million; Ronnie DeVoe, $500,000; Johnny Gill, $10 million; Ralph Tresvant, $8 million

This year’s lifetime achievement honoree, New Edition, will go down forever in the canon of BET Awards performances. The real group didn’t just get serenaded by cast members from BET’s own “The New Edition Story,” the white-suited original crew took us all back to the ’90s with stunningly energetic renditions of “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Can You Stand the Rain,” proving that New Edition never really got old.

Up Next: 50 Splurges of the Filthy Rich

All net worth figures are according to and box office earnings are according to unless otherwise noted.


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