Los Angeles: Singer Beyonce Knowles and Drake have won the top honours at the 2016 BET Awards.

Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce Knowles

Knowles took home a total of four awards, including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. She also won Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award and Centric Award at the gala held here at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Rapper Drake and singer-songwriter Bryson Tiller trailed behind with three and two awards, respectively. In addition to the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist title, Drake nabbed the Best Group Award for his works with rapper Future and Best Collaboration for his latest hit with singer Rihanna titled "Work".

The BET Awards, established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

At the gala, Tiller was named Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist.

Other musicians making up the winners list included Nicki Minaj (Best Female Hip-Hop Artist), Kirk Franklin (Best Gospel Artist), Skepta (Best International Act UK) and Wizkid (Best International Act Africa).

Taraji P. Henson and Michael B. Jordan earned the Best Actress and Best Actor titles, respectively, while Samuel L. Jackson won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In sports categories, tennis player Serena Williams was dubbed Sportswoman of the Year. As for the Sportsman of the Year title, it went to NBA star Stephen Curry.