Kendrick won “Best New Artist” and “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” at the BET Awards!

The BET Awards celebrate black musicians, actors and athletes. The program is televised on the cable TV network BET, Black Entertainment Television, part of Viacom Inc.

Kendrick Lamar, who scored eight nominations, won the awards for best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the 3-1/2 hour show at Hollywood’s Nokia Theater, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker.

Speaking to “all my little homeboys and homegirls back in the city,” Lamar noted that he too came from a world of food stamps, welfare and public assistance housing.

“You’re looking me on TV right now. This is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Lamar said.

Kendrick also performed “m.A.A.d City” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” (with Erykah Badu) and “Pour up” (with Miguel). Watch the performances below.

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