BET Awards 2012
Lashauna D. Hinton
July 1, 2012
Live from Los Angeles, the 2012 BET Awards were full of fashion, talent and entertainment.
Hosted by The Highest Grossing Film Actor of All Time; Samuel L. Jackson opened the show with a rap parody of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s song, “Fall so Hard” while being joined onstage by Spike Lee. Alongside Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T, Kanye West gave an explosive lyrical monologue that set an electric pace for the show.
The late Whitney Houston was shown homage with performances by Monica, Brandy, and Houston’s brother Michael Houston. Emotions ran high through out the audience as Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, took the stage with a show stopping performance in tribute to her daughter singing “Bridge over Troubled Waters”. The classic Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and then captivated the audience with their first ever live televised performance.
Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Rick Ross were amongst a host of artist who also performed during the event. During his acceptance of the Humanitarian Award, Reverend Al Sharpton gave a very ‘sharp’ message in reference to voting for the upcoming presidential election, “Vote, it ain’t just about President Obama, it’s about yo mama”.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Beyoncé battled with placement in the same categories; they each took home two awards.
Complete list of winners:
Best Actor – Kevin Hart
Best Collaboration – Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Best Female R&B Artist – Beyoncé
Best Gospel – Yolanda Adams
Best Group – Kanye West & Jay-Z – The Throne
Best International Act: Africa – Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best International Act: UK – Wretch 32
Best Male Hip Hop Artist – Drake
Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown
Best Movie – The Help
Best New Artist – Big Sean
BET Humanitarian Award – Rev. Al Sharpton
Centric Award – Common
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award – Mindless Behavior
Fandemonium Award – Chris Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze f/ Frankie Beverly
Subway Sportsman of the Year – Kevin Durant
Subway Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams
Video Director of the Year – Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
Video of the Year – The Throne (Kanye West & Jay–Z) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Viewers’ Choice Award – Mindless Behavior
Young Stars Award – Diggy
Music is Love.