BET kicked off July with the annual BET Awards in a performance filled evening from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles honouring the best in Black Entertainment. The BET Awards were hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson.
The night’s festivities opened with a rap performance filled with blanked out words and profanity from.
The awards featured performances including Kanye West, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Charles Perry,, Melanie Fiona, Diangelo, Maze with Frankie Beverly, , an emotional tribute to Whitney by Maria Carey, Whitney’s mother sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and Tyga.
The BET Awards paid tribute to artists and pioneers who have passed on over the past year - Hal Jackson,, Don Cornelius, , and .
Tyler Perry presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Maze and Frankie Beverly.
Best Group: The Throne – Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Actor: Kevin Hart
Sportswoman of the Year: tennis player Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: basketballer Kevin Durant
Best New Artist: Big Sean
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Collaboration: Walle and Miguel for “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist: Beyonce
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year: The Throne for “Otis”
Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Video Director of the Year: Beyonce and Alan Ferguson
Best Female Actress: Viola Davis
Young Stars Award: Diggy
Best Movie: “The Help”
Coca-Cola Vierwer’s Choice Award: Mindless Behavior for “Hello”
Centric Award: Common
Best International Act – Africa: Sarkodie of Ghana and Wizkid of Nigeria
Best International Act – UK: Wretch 32
Fandamonium Award: Chris Brown