The 2012 BET Awards went down at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (1 July) and air in a delayed broadcast on BET
on TopTV on Tuesday (3 July) at 21h00.
Please note: if you don't want to know who the winners are before watching the broadcast, please don't read on.
Samuel L. Jackson, behind-the-scenes, before the ceremony.
The ceremony was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson for the first time and opened with a performance by Kanye West who turned proceedings into reality TV when he headlined with his feelings for Kim Kar’trashian.
He performed his track Cold and placed centre-stage emphasis on the lyrics: "And I'll admit, I had fell in love with Kim, Around the same time she had fell in love with him, Well that's cool, baby girl, do ya thang, Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team."
Everyone ooh’d, aah’d and tweeted about it and the ceremony went on to hand out awards in 23 categories. Performances included a special tribute to Whitney Houston featuring Mariah Carey, Brandy and Whitney's mother Cissy.
Our Lira didn’t win the Best International Act: Africa category unfortunately but as you can see from the snap, she made up for it with her pizzazz on the red carpet.
Without further adieu, the winners are:Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)Sarkodie (Ghana) Wizkid (Nigeria)Best Female R&B Artist
Mary J. Blige
Beyoncé accepting her award.
Best Male R&B ArtistChris Brown
Chris Brown behind-the-scenes, before the ceremony.
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Young JeezyBest Female Hip-Hop ArtistNicki Minaj
Brianna PerryBest Group
Bad Meets Evil
Maybach Music Group
Mindless BehaviorThe Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)Best New Artist
A$AP RockyBig SeanDiggy
Beyoncé ft./ J. Cole – “Party””
Big Sean ft./ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled ft./ Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”
Drake ft./ Lil Wayne and Tyga – “The Motto”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”Video of the Year
Beyoncé – “Countdown”
Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Ni**as in Paris”The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Otis”
Usher – “Climax”Video Director of the YearBeyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Hype WilliamsBest GospelYolanda Adams
James Fortune & FIYA
Trin-I-Tee 5:7YoungStars Award
Diggy on the red with Jacob Latimore.
Viewers’ Choice Award
Drake ft./ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”Mindless Behavior – “Hello”
The Throne ft./ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale ft./ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”Centric AwardCommon
TyreseBest International Act: U.K.
SwayWretch 32Best Actress
Angela BassettViola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Zoe SaldanaBest Actor
Idris ElbaKevin Hart
Denzel WashingtonBest Movie
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red TailsThe HelpSportswoman of the Year
Brittney GrinerSerena Williams
Venus WilliamsSportsman of the Year
Victor CruzKevin Durant
FANdemonium Award: Chris Brown
BET Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
BET Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton