BET Awards 2012: 11 Best (and Worst) Moments
Samuel L. Jackson hosted the 12th annual BET Awards Sunday night from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, which brought out some of today's hottest celebrity names from music, TV and films.
G.O.O.D. Music artists, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz opened the show performing “Mercy” and “Too Cold.” West, who was later accompanied by Jay-Z, were the first to win a trophy for Best Group.
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist winner Nicki Minaj, three-time Fandemonium Award winner Chris Brown and Best Female R&B Artist and Video Director of the Year winner Beyonce are just a few top names who took home awards.
In addition, fallen musical icons, Whitney Houston, Donna Summers, Nick Ashford, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and Hal Jackson were all remembered with unforgettable tributes.
Celebuzz has rounded up the top 11 best (and worst) moments of the 2012 BET Awards.
1. Whitney Houston tribute brings the crowd to tears. Houston’s tribute was the biggest highlight of the night. Mariah Carey opened the tribute speaking nothing but kind memories of her late friend stating, “I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter.” R&B singer Monica was the first to break out her flawless vocal cords singing “I Love The Lord,” then Brandy sang “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Chaka Khan fired up the stage with “I’m Every Woman,” which was remade by Whitney. Houston’s brother, Gary Houston, briefly performed before bringing out his mother, Cissy Houston. The soul and gospel singer made a heart-filled performance singing, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which brought the audience to tears. Watch the performances above.
2. What was with all the obscenities? Much of Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross’ lyrics were censored out for the use of foul and obscene language during the performances. It was a bit of a turn off to have so much of their performances muted.
3. The Real Husbands of Hollywood. Funny man Kevin Hart and Jackson had the audience in stitches with their hilarious skit. Watch it below.
4. Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z face-off. The husband and wife jokingly battled for the Video of the Year Award. Though it was a pretty tough competition, Jay-Z and West took home the award for their song “Otis.”
5. Jay-Z pulls a Kanye. While West tried to be politically correct, Jay-Z jokingly cut off his partner while giving his acceptance speech for the Video of the Year award saying “Im’ma let you finish, but...” – a reference to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when West controversially interrupted Taylor Swift. This time, they got nothing but laughs.
6. The BET Humanitarian Award goes to... BET CEO, Debra Lee, presented Reverend Al Sharpton with BET’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award. The video montage and his speech spoke volumes as he accepted his award.
7. The comeback of D’Angelo. For the first time in about 12 years, R&B singer D’Angelo hit the BET stage singing one of his greatest hits “How Does It Feel.” The audience stood to their feet and sung along with the R&B artist. Watch his performance below.
8. Willow Smith debuts official music video. The world premiere of Smith’s new single, “ I Am Me,” had the live audience pumped at the Pre-BET Awards Show.
9. Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee team up. The director accompanied Jackson as they showed off their rapping skills. Afterward, G.O.O.D Music artists performed.
10. Honoring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The BET Lifetime Achievement award went to the enriching soul band, Maze, who has been going strong for nearly four decades. Singer Tyrese and Tank performed alongside Beverly on stage.
11. Too Soon, Mindless Behavior. Boy group, Mindless Behavior, cracked a joke about Lauryn Hill’s tax evasion case while presenting the Best R&B Artist.
Reporting by Kethlene Jean-Jacques
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