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2012 BET Award Winners: The Full List

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

Entertainer of the Year
Chris Brown

Source: Entertainment Weekly, MTV News

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07.2.2012 / 04:17 PM EDT by Sarah Korones
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