Mariah Carey Toasts Whitney Houston at the 2012 BET Awards

Posted Sunday July 1, 2012 11:58 PM GMT

Making for a heart-touching moment at the star-studded spectacle, Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday (July 1).

The "Glitter" superstar emerged from behind the curtains after a brief introduction at the Shrine Auditorium before leading off a multi-act toast to the recently departed Grammy-winning singer.

The Whitney tribute also featured emotionally charged efforts by Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston, as well as Monica, Gary Houston, Brandy and Chaka Khan.

As for the ceremony, the 2012 BET Awards were hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson while featuring performances by Usher, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, G.O.O.D. Music and Nicki Minaj.

With Kanye West and Jay-Z being the top winners, the show also included special tributes to Rev. Al Sharpton as the Humanitarian Award honoree and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly as the Life Achievement Award winner.

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