Hip-hop’s ruling family sure held its place on the throne during last night’s 12th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. Sitting prominently in the front row, Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé were the show’s big winners, taking home a total of four statuettes.
Jay-Z’s buddy and collaborator, Kanye West, also seemed to thrive in the spotlight throughout last night's festivities. Dressed in white from head-to-toe, the rapper kicked off the show with a lively performance of his new single “Mercy” and then spent the rest of the occassion cuddled up to camera-happy girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the ceremony also included a lengthy tribute to Whitney Houston which featured performances from Monica, Brandy, Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, and Chaka Khan.
Check out the complete list of winners below: Centric Award Common
Youngstars Award Diggy
Best Group The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Best Actor Kevin Hart, Think Like a Man
Best New Artist Big Sean
Best Male R&B Artist Chris Brown Best Collaboration Wale (featuring Miguel), "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Best Gospel Yolanda Adams
Best Female R&B Artist Beyoncé
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Nicki Minaj
Lifetime Achievement Award Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
Humanitarian Award The Reverend Al Sharpton
Viewers' Choice Award Mindless Behavior
Video Director of the Year Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson