2012 BET Awards: The Show, The Winners

Posted Sunday July 1, 2012 11:41 PM GMT

With another year's edition having come and gone, the 2012 BET Awards were held in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday night (July 1).

Taking place at the Shrine Auditorium, the big winners of the night were Kanye West and Jay-Z with triumphs in the Best Group and Video of the Year categories for "The Throne" while Beyoncé nabbed trophies for Best Female R&B Artist and Video Director of the Year.

Hosted by "Pulp Fiction" actor Samuel L. Jackson, the annual BET event also featured performances by top acts such as Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, G.O.O.D. Music and Tyga.

Including a special tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston, the remembrance was led off by surprise guest Mariah Carey with Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston, Monica, Gary Houston, Brandy and Chaka Khan also paying their respects through song.

Other noteworthy moments included Rev. Al Sharpton being presented with the Humanitarian Award and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly doted with Life Achievement Award honors.

With the night seeing Miss Minaj crowned as Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Big Sean as Best New Artist and Breezy garnering himself a pair of prizes, the complete list of 2012 BET Awards winners is as follows:

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
WINNER: Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
WINNER: Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
DiddyDirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
WINNER: The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé featuring J. Cole, "Party"
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, "Marvin & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, "I'm On One"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
WINNER: Wale featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Best Male HipHop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female HipHop Artist
WINNER: Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Video of the Year
Beyoncé, "Countdown"
Beyoncé, "Love On Top"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West), "Nas in Paris"
WINNER: The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"? Usher, "Climax"

Video Director of the Year
WINNER: Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
WINNER: Big Sean
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
WINNER: Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
TrinITee 5:7

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
WINNER: Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
WINNER: Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
WINNER: The Help

CocaCola Viewers' Choice Award
Beyoncé, "Love on Top"
Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, "The Motto"
WINNER: Mindless Behavior, "Hello"
The Throne (JayZ & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
Wale featuring Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
WINNER: Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
WINNER: Kevin Durant
LeBron James

Centric Award
WINNER: Common
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke

Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
WINNER: Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.
Emeli Sandé
WINNER: Wretch 32

FANdemonium Award
WINNER: Chris Brown
Mindless Behavior
Nicki Minaj
Trey Songz

Humanitarian Award
WINNER: Rev. Al Sharpton

Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

To watch Nicki Minajs's performance - CLICK HERE!

To watch G.O.O.D Music's performance - CLICK HERE!

To watch Usher's performance - CLICK HERE!

To watch Chris Brown's performance - CLICK HERE!

To watch the BET Awards' Whitney Houston tribute - CLICK HERE!

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