Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Chris Brown Big Winners at 2012 BET Awards

BET held its annual awards show Sunday night, and while the censors worked up a sweat trying to mute the cursing – to mixed results – the marathon show saw multiple nominees Kanye West and Jay-Z, as well as Chris Brown and Jay’s wife Beyonce, take home multiple awards. There also was a moving tribute to Whitney Houston from her former peers and her mother, Cissy.

The show opened with Kanye and his G.O.O.D. partners Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz performing “Mercy,” which led to ‘Ye performing his “Way Too Cold,” featuring a rap tribute to current girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who like Kanye was dressed all in white at the ceremony.

Some laughs included host Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee spoofing Jay and ‘Ye’s “N***as in Paris,” and Jay-Z interrupting Kanye’s acceptance speech for video of the year, spoofing Kanye’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s 2009 MTV VMA speech.

Mariah Carey got emotional introducing a musical tribute to her friend Whitney Houston – a tribute that featured performers including Monica, Brandy, and Chaka Khan singing Whitney’s hits. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Cissy Houston sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to honor her daughter.

Here are the main winners:

Video of the Year – “Otis” by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Best Group – The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Fandemonium Award – Chris Brown

Best Actor – Kevin Hart

Best New Artist – Big Sean

Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown

Best Collaboration – Wale (featuring Miguel)

Video Director of the Year – Beyonce & Alan Ferguson

Viewers’ Choice Award – Mindless Behavior

BET Humanitarian Award – Rev. Al Sharpton

Best Gospel – Yolanda Adams

Best Female R&B Artist – Beyonce

Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj

Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly)

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