BET Awards 2012 Winners: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Viola Davis Earn Top Honors

Jethro Nededog / July 2, 2012

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Step out with Kimye at BET Awards.
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While the censors had a hard time keeping up with the incredible amount of cursing at the BET Awards, the cable network would probably want viewers to most remember the big names who were in attendance.

Samuel L. Jackson hosted from Los Angeles and the evening’s A-List award winners included Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye West (who attended with girlfriend Kim Kardashian), Viola Davis and Chris Brown (who also performed).

Find out who else attended and who took home trophies…

There were also several tributes to the legends we’ve lost in the last year, including Donna Summers, Nick Ashford, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark, Hal Jackson and one for Whitney Houston led by her mother, soul and gospel great Cissy Houston, with Mariah Carey, Monica, Brandy, Chaka Khan and Whitney’s brother, Gary Houston.

The night’s performers included Melanie Fiona, Yolanda Adams, D’Angelo, Big Sean, Usher and Nicki Minaj.

Take a look at the full list of winners below:

Best Group: The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
Best Actor: Kevin Hart
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Movie: The Help
Best New Artist: Big Sean
Young Stars Award: Diggy
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Collaboration: Wale ft. Miguel
Best Gospel: Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Subway Sportsman of the Year: Kevin Durant
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Video Of The Year: “Otis,” The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
BET Humanitarian Award: Rev. Al Sharpton
Coca Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Mindless Behavior
Video Director Of The Year: Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson
AOL Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown

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