The biggest stars in hip-hop and R&B poured into the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night for the 2012 BET Awards, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. The stars looked glamorous on the red carpet, but the real action took place inside the theater.
Both Chris Brown and Drake took home top honors in their genres, the Best Male Artist award (R&B for Chris and hip-hop for Drake), and while Chris was there to accept his award, Drake was notably absent. This was Brown’s first public appearance since his bar brawl with Drake last month. Nicki Minaj won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for the third year in a row, and Beyonce beat out Rihanna for Best Female R&B Artist. The biggest awards of the night, Video of the Year, went to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis”, beating out not only Usher and two Beyonce videos, but another video from the duo as well. Oh, and we should probably also mention that two other teen.com faves — Mindless Behavior and Diggy — took home awards as well. Congrats, guys!
Check out the video below for a wrap up of what went down, as well as the complete list of winners from the 2012 BET Awards.
Centric Award: Common
Youngstars Award: Diggy
Best Group: The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Best Actor: Kevin Hart, Think Like a Man
Best New Artist: Big Sean
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake
Best Collaboration: Wale. Feat Miguel – ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’
Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist: Beyonce
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year: The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) Feat Otis Redding ‘Otis’
Humanitarian Award: The Reverend Al Sharpton
Viewers’ Choice Award: Mindless Behavior
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Entertainer of the Year: Chris Brown
FANdemonium Award: Chris Brown
Best International Act: Africa: Sarkodie And Wizkid
Best International Act: UK Act: Wretch 32
Did you watch the BET awards? Are you happy Chris won over Drake? And are you happy for Beyonce’s big win?