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:
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Kevin Hart, Think Like a Man
Best New Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
Wale (featuring Miguel), "Lotus Flower Bomb"
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Lifetime Achievement Award
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), featuring Otis Redding, "Otis"
The Reverend Al Sharpton
Viewers' Choice Award
Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Entertainer of the Year
Source: Entertainment Weekly, MTV News